29 October - 31 October 2018
Copenhagen, Denmark

Argus Biomass Nordics and Baltics

SOURCING | PRICING | SUSTAINABILITY

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  • 08:00
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  • 09:00
  • Morning registration and networking
  • 09:10
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  • 09:20
  • Chairperson's opening remarks Freddie Staermose, Business Development, Argus

THE OUTLOOK FOR BIOMASS IN THE NORDICS AND BALTICS

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  • 09:20
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  • 09:50
  • Keynote speech: Exploring the outlook for biomass growth and the trading landscape in the Nordics and Baltics Michael Christensen - Director, CM Biomass

- Exploring the current biomass trading landscape in the region

- What demand drivers are there to boost biomass consumption?

- Identifying the regions infrastructure which supports trading

- Fostering a deeper co-corporation to aid long-term business strategies

- Assessing the long-term goals to promote biomass within the renewable energy mix

  • 09:50
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  • 10:20
  • How regional biomass growth will fit within the European and global biomass picture Freddie Staermose - VP, Generation Fuels, Argus

- How is the European biomass landscape changing?

- Understanding the Baltics’ export potential and routes to market

- Exploring the logistics of importing biomass into the Nordics from southern Europe

  • 10.10
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  • 10.40
  • Ministerial keynote panel discussion: Drivers towards biomass consumption and sustainable forest management

- Promoting biomass as a significant energy source for heating and electricity

- Assessing the development of forest management projects to increase wood availability

- Gaining licences to cut trees: how is this effectively and sustainably managed?

- Understanding the need for a deeper co-corporation across the supply chain

- Collaborating with key players across the supply chain

- What incentives are there to boost biomass consumption?

- What investments are there to expand district heating?

- How can taxes impact the wood chip and pellet markets?

Michael Persson, Head of Secretariat, Danish Bioenergy Association 

  • 10.40
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  • 11.00
  • Speed networking
  • 10:40
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  • 11:00
  • Morning coffee and networking

GENERATING A STABLE LONG-TERM SUPPLY OF BIOMASS TO MEET DEMAND

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  • 11:00
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  • 11:30
  • A focus on the forest sector: Strengthening raw material supply in the Baltics Jaanus Aun - Member of the Board of Directors, Erametsakeskus
- Biomass availability for bio-economy developments in the Baltics

- Industrial and energy wood: production, market and need for cooperation

- Biomass potential for new investments and products taking into account new EU rules (LULUCF and others)
 
  • 11:30
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  • 12:20
  • Panel discussion: Assessing the current supply demand landscape and future trading routes Panel includes - CM Biomass, Hofor, Stockholm Exergi, Ørsted, SBE Latvia/ SCANDBIO AB

- Where will raw material come from?

- How much new volume will come from the Baltics?

- How can companies become more flexible with volumes and prices?

- How can the industry move towards longer-term contracts?

- What is the future for waste integration in the supply chain, and where will this be sourced?

- What’s important for companies managing their sourcing strategies?

- What future exports from Russia are expected?

- How are utilities and district heating companies adapting the structure of supply?

- How can companies promote dialogue across the entire supply chain to improve trading?

- What volumes from southern Europe will head to the Nordics?

What role does North America play in the trading landscape?

Panellists:

Michael Christensen, Chief Operating Officer, CM Biomass Partners 

Michael Schytz, Head of Fuel and Logistics, Hofor 

Māris Ziediņš, Managing Director and Board Member, SBE Latvia/ SCANDBIO AB 

Khan Shamsher, Vice President, Asset Optimisation and Energy Trading, Stockholm Exergi 

Søren Alsing, Head of Fuel, Bioenergy & Thermal Power, Ørsted 

  • 12:40
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  • 14:10
  • Networking lunch
  • 14:10
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  • 14:40
  • Setting up a supply chain to incorporate waste wood as a biomass source Mario Montevirgen - Chief Logistics and Project Officer, Falkenbergs Returflis AB

- What are the trends from a domestic waste market to an international market?

- Where do we see new demand and supply for recycled wood

Exploring the trends of increased capacity for recycled wood to energy in biomass and other industries

- Understanding the benefits of waste to energy

- Assessing the current logistics to bring in waste from the UK and Norway and transport methods 

 

 

UNDERSTANDING PRICE VOLATILITY

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  • 14:20
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  • 15:00
  • Panel discussion: Exploring pricing trends in the wood chip and wood pellet markets Panel includes - Stockholm Exergi, Hofor, Wood Pellet Services, EEX

- How have historical biomass consumption trends affected prices?
- What wider factors have driven emerging pricing trends?
- How have rising raw material prices affected the price of woody biomass for energy?
- What is the outlook for raw materials including sawdust in the Nordics?

Moderator:

Freddie Staermose, Business Development, Argus

Panellists:

Khan Shamsher, Vice President, Asset Optimisation and Energy Trading, Stockholm Exergi
Morten Nielsen, Biomass Procurement Officer, Hofor
Tiago Andrade, Director, Wood Pellet Services
Robert Seehawer, Senior Business Developer, EEX

  • 15:00
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  • 15:30
  • Afternoon coffee and networking
  • 15:30
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  • 16:00
  • How is Sweden’s electricity price impacting its biomass industry? Bengt-Erik Lofgren - CEO, Swedish Pellet Association

- Reviewing the impacts of current electricity production in Sweden?  

- Competing with oil and natural gas in electricity generation 

- Looking at how current electricity pricing opens competition with heat pumps

- How can the biomass industry fit in with seasonal heating consumption?

SUSTAINABILITY AND LEGISLATION

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  • 16:00
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  • 17:00
  • Speaker Q&A: Identifying certification for industrial and domestic markets Gilles Gauthier - Bioenergy Expert, Bioenergy Europe (formerly known as AEBIOM)
- Can we look for better convergences between industrial and domestic markets?
- Should we try to harmonise the requirements of industrial and domestic pellets?
- Why all utilities are not using I2 pellets?
- What about aligning ENplus® A2 and I2?
- What is the rational for producers to produce 8 mm pellets?
- Is being multicertified (ENplus®, SBP, etc.) bringing the maximum flexibility?
  • 16:40
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  • 16:50
  • Chairperson’s closing remarks Freddie Staermose - VP, Generation Fuels, Argus
  • 17:10
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  • Networking Launch Party
Your conference highlight! Join attendees and network into the evening in this relaxed and informal setting
  • 17:10
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  • Close of conference day one

Boosting biomass in the region

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  • 10:10
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  • 11:10
  • Presentations followed by Q&A: Driving the Nordic and Baltic biomass industry forward LITBIOMA, Nobio, Bioenergy Association of Finland

- Exploring the benefits of biomass to stable energy prices and regional development
- Creating new energy legislation and policies in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
- Meeting renewable energy targets by 2030
- What local government initiatives are available including investment support?
- What support programmes are helping to establish “bio-plants”?

Speakers:

Vilma Gaubyte, Director, LITBIOMA
Martin Kristensen, Managing Director, Nobio
Tage Fredriksson, Branch Manager, Wood energy, Biofuels, Bioliquids, Biogas and Processed Biomass, Bioenergy Association of Finland

LOGISTICS | INFRASTRUCTURE |TECHNOLOGY

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  • 09:00
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  • 10:00
  • Morning coffee and networking
  • 10:00
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  • 10:10
  • Chairperson’s opening remarks Remigijus Lapinskas - President, World Bioenergy Association

IMPROVING INFRASTRUCTURE AND LOGISTICS

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  • 11:10
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  • 11:40
  • Morning coffee and networking
  • 11:40
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  • 12:10
  • Exploring the current shipping landscape in the Baltics and Nordics and freight rates Marc Pauchet - Lead Dry Analyst, Maersk Broker

- What does the current shipping landscape look like?

- How is the increase of load for pulp and paper changing the shipping landscape?

- Understanding current freight rates

How are current freight rates a barrier to wood chip trade?

  • 10.10
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  • 10.40
  • Case study: Port expansions across Denmark to aid biomass storage and shipping

- The need to improve infrastructure because of an expanding industry

- What new investments are taking place at ports across Denmark?

- How improvements will aid the trade of biomass in and out of the region

- Looking at on-time delivery for ships

  • 11.10
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  • 12.10
  • Presentations followed by Q&A: Driving the Nordic and Baltic biomass industry forward

- Understanding the current storage landscape across the regions

- Improving supply security through increased storage

- How much biomass can you store and for how long?

Where do we see future investments for storage?

 

Speakers: 

Vilma Gaubyte, Director, LITBIOMA 

Martin Kristensen, Managing Director, Norwegian Bioenergy Association

  • 12.10
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  • 13.40
  • Networking lunch

STREAM 1 - WOOD CHIP FOCUS

Start End
  • 12:10
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  • 12:30
  • Chairperson introduction Remigijus Lapinskas - President, World Bioenergy Association
  • 12:30
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  • 13:00
  • Understanding sourcing strategies to secure supply of wood chips to new units Michael Schytz - Head of Fuel and Logistics, Hofor

- Reviewing Hofor’s current biomass project and timelines

- Investing in new units to increase production from wood chips

- Looking at sourcing strategies and understanding purchasing decisions

- Identifying challenges and managing an efficient supply chain

  • 13:00
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  • 14:00
  • Networking lunch
  • 14:00
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  • 14:30
  • Case study: Developing a new biomass CHP power plant in Vilnius Valentas Rutkauskas - Project Manager, UAB Vilniaus Kogeneracinė Jėgainė

- Building a new wood chip CHP to increase the share of renewables

- Current project status

- Exploring the current demand for wood chip in Lithuania

- Financing the project

  • 14:30
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  • 15:00
  • International certification for wood chips quality Cristina Calderón - Market Intelligence Director, Bioenergy Europe
- Understanding the key challenges that comes along with the growth of the wood chip market
- Building a trustworthy system for the end-users and overcoming trade and quality issues
- Exploring the first international quality certification for wood chips and hog fuel, GoodChips®
- How GoodChips® creates a fair, harmonised and transparent market through a certification that covers products, processes and quality management

STREAM 2 - WOOD PELLET FOCUS

Start End
  • 12:10
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  • 12:30
  • Chairperson introduction Gilles Gauthier - Bioenergy Expert, Bioenergy Europe
  • 12:30
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  • 13:00
  • Reviewing the current Baltics pellet market and new supply Arnold Dale - Vice President, Bioenergy, Ekman

- Assessing availability of woody material in the Baltics
- Exploring the current supply landscape across the Baltic region
- Where do we see new demand for premium pellets?
- How are companies incorporating waste wood into pellet production?
- Looking at new investment in pellet production

  • 13:00
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  • 14:00
  • Networking lunch
  • 14:00
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  • 14:30
  • Case study: Industry turns into pellets as a reliable biomass source Tadas Lukoševičius - Sales Director, UAB Enerstenos Projektavimas
- Industry needs and perspectives
- Pellets as an energy source cons and pros for industry
- Benchmarking for different type of fuels
- Understanding the industry’s needs, and will demand for pellets increase?
  • 14:50
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  • 15:20
  • Boosting pellet production to meet supply Justinas Milašauskas - Director Private Equity, DAO Family Office
- Investing in new units to increase pellet production
- How will the increase in pellet production affect supply?
- What financial opportunities are available?

Start End
  • 15:00
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  • 15:30
  • Afternoon coffee and networking
  • 15:30
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  • 16:00
  • Focused roundtable discussions

Join a table of 10-15 attendees and discuss in small groups the solutions to your number-one challenge. Led by a thought leader in the industry.

Roundtable 1: Exploring the export supply in Portugal: How will new supply impact regional trade flows 

 Led by: Tiago Andrade, Director, Wood Pellet Services 

Roundtable 2: The wood chip supply demand balance: The Nordic Baltic picture

Led by: Jamie Aldridge, Biomass Report, Argus

Roundtable 3: Agricultural residues as an alternative feedstock including PKS

Led by: Dikki Akhmar, Chairman, Palm Kernel Shell Entrepreneur Association of Indonesia

  • 16:00
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  • 16:20
  • Roundtable leaders’ conclusions
  • 16:20
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  • 16:30
  • Chairperson’s closing remarks Remigijus Lapinskas - President, World Bioenergy Association
  • 16:30
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  • Close of conference