27 April - 29 April 2022
In-person: London, UK & Online Access

Argus Biomass Conference

Day 1

Start End
  • 09:00
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  • Registration opens
  • 09:30
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  • 09:40
  • Chairperson's opening remarks Freddie Staermose - Vice President - Generation Fuels & Dry Bulks, Argus
  • 09:40
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  • 10:00
  • Opening welcome address
  • 10:00
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  • 10:30
  • Flourish or stabilise: Is the global biomass industry at a crossroads?
  • The key economic and policy drivers affecting European biomass demand
  • The global supply landscape, future investments and shifting trade routes
  • New sources of supply and the growing importance of Russia
  • 10:30
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  • 11:20
  • Utility perspectives: How can biomass secure its position as a key component of the energy mix in Europe?
  • What are the main sustainability challenges and how are utilities working towards meeting renewable energy targets?
  • How are sourcing strategies evolving as Europe competes for volumes?
  • What are the potential market scenarios post-2027 once UK and Dutch subsidies expire?
  • Asserting biomass’ place in the future renewable energy mix alongside solar and wind energy
  • 11:20
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  • 12:00
  • Morning break and ice breaker speed networking
  • 12:00
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  • 12:50
  • How is the trading environment changing? Demand dynamics, sourcing strategies and new supply markets
  • How are traders adapting their sourcing strategies and where do they see new trading routes emerging?
  • How are rising freight rates, exchange rates and other costs affecting trade?
  • What needs to be done to mitigate trading risk, improve efficiencies and develop liquidity in the market? How would the introduction of hedging change trading strategies?
  • 12:50
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  • 14:30
  • Lunch
During lunch, the exhibition opening ceremony will take place. It will remain open for the duration of the conference.
  • 14:30
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  • 15:30
  • Round table discussions

Choose from one of the following topics and participate in an interactive discussion guided by the round table leader.

1. Can alternative fuel pellets be a part of the renewable energy fuel mix?
2. Flexible and cost-effective turnkey pelletizing solutions  
3. Key developments, drivers and investments in the wood chip market
4. Russia as an important global supplier of wood pellets – what to expect
5. How will the demand for waste wood evolve in Europe?
6. Souring supply for the European residential heating market – Challenges and opportunities
7. How much appetite is there in the market to actively manage price risk?

Afternoon Options Or Free Networking

Start End
  • 15:30
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  • 17:30
  • Premium pellet focus group

Snapshots of demand for premium pellets for the residential heating markets across Europe and the opportunity to discuss and collaborate with peers. Speakers will specifically look at:

  • France - Hugues de Cherisey, General Secretary, SNCB
  • Austria and Germany
  • Italy
  • 15:30
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  • 17:30
  • Wood chip focus group
  • Exploring the key drivers towards wood chip usage and future growth
  • Current market size and evolving demand
  • Potential demand growth from carbon-intense industries as they shift away from fossil fuels
  • Sourcing strategies and logistical costs
  • 15:30
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  • 17:30
  • Russia focus group
Meet with key suppliers and stakeholders in the region and hear the latest developments in supply strategies, pellet production and logistical considerations.
  • 15:30
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  • 17:30
  • Curate your own session and bring together a group to share experiences

This is the most free-flowing and unstructured session of the conference and offers anyone, with a topic or challenge in mind, the opportunity to suggest it to the participants and invite those with mutual interests to join an interactive discussion. If you have a proposed topic, issue or challenge* and an idea of who else should join the discussion, contact melissa.chew@argusmedia.com 

 

*suggestions will not be considered if they are commercial in nature and powerpoint slides are not permitted. 

Day 2

Start End
  • 09:00
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  • Registration opens
  • 09:20
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  • 09:30
  • Chairperson's opening remarks
  • 09:30
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  • 10:00
  • Keynote address – BECCS: Assessing the opportunities and challenges on the road to negative emissions
  • The role of biomass and carbon capture in meeting carbon reduction targets
  • Assessing the technical process of capturing and storing carbon from biomass
  • What are the long-term prospects for BECCs and can it be commercially viable on a wider scale?
  • 10:00
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  • 10:45
  • The role of biomass in Europe’s energy transition – Exploring the economic and policy drivers
  • Will rising carbon pricing drive biomass demand and improve its long-term prospects – even in the absence of subsidies?
  • Exploring biomass as a low-carbon solution alongside wind and solar renewable energy
  • The essential role of certification for biomass a viable part of the energy transition
  • 10:45
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  • 11:30
  • Morning break
  • 11.30
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  • 12:15
  • Global pellet producer perspectives on demand drivers, expectations from Europe and growth prospects in Asia
  • Update on capacity expansions and plans for next 12 months
  • Latest market trends: consolidation, vertical integration and acquisition – what does this mean for the biomass ecosystem?
  • To what extent will new demand from Asia shift the global market dynamics?
  • What new regions could open up as supply hubs?
  • 12:15
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  • 13:00
  • Russia in focus: How significant could Russia become as a global supplier of pellets?
  • What production capacity can be expected from Russia in the next 2-5 years?
  • How are Russian producers positioning themselves to supply customers in the industrial and premium pellet markets?
  • How might supply from Russia to Asia increase over the next decade?
  • How well set up are Russian ports for handling wood pellets?
  • 13:00
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  • 14:45
  • Lunch
  • 14:45
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  • 15:30
  • A careful balancing act or market tension? How developments in the industrial market impact on the premium pellet market
  • An overview of how the industrial and premium pellet market interact, what creates tension and how price could be affected
  • What can be learnt from the most recent winter? And what to expect for the 2022 heating season
  • Changing sourcing strategies to meet new demand – which supply regions will be key?
  • Is growth in the residential market limited? Will demand from commercial and industrial application take significant volumes in the future?
  • 15:30
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  • 16:15
  • Afternoon break
  • 16:15
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  • 17:00
  • How do industrials view sustainable biomass as a way of meeting carbon reduction targets?
  • How are industrials across diverse sectors utilising biomass to reduce carbon emissions?
  • What role can locally-sourced biomass contribute towards a circular economy?
  • What other ways are bio-based products being used to reduce the environmental impact?
  • What are the opportunities for advanced, torrefied pellets in industrial heat and power generation for industrials?
  • 17:00
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  • 17:10
  • Chairperson's closing remarks

Day 3

Start End
  • 09:20
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  • 09:30
  • Chairperson’s opening remarks
  • 09:30
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  • 10:15
  • Asia focus: How are developments in Asia affecting global trade dynamics?
  • An update on policy and project status in Japan – How changes to the rules on sustainability will affect trade
  • How the increase in South Korea’s renewable energy target could affect biomass demand
  • Beyond the FIT: The role of biomass as part of Japan’s renewable energy strategy
  • How are other countries in the region looking to move away from fossil fuels to meet their carbon reduction obligations?
  • 10:15
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  • 11:00
  • European policy focus: Distilling the key policy developments and interpreting what challenges and opportunities they present for the biomass sector
  • What are the implications of Fit for 55 for industrial and residential pellet markets?
  • What are the upcoming steps for the decision making and implementation of RED III?
  • How will increased rigidity of sustainability criteria mean for harmonization in Europe and biomass trade?
  • How could policy developments encourage further investment in biomass
  • 11:00
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  • 11:45
  • Morning break
  • 11:45
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  • 12:45
  • Round table discussions

Choose from one of the following topics and participate in an interactive discussion guided by the round table leader.

1. Is biomass a viable solution for energy intensive industries to reduce their carbon emissions?
2. Beyond FIT: The future of biomass as part of Japan’s renewable energy strategy  
3. To what extent can Russian producers guarantee a reliable and secure supply for European end-users? 
4. BECCs - Is being carbon negative in reach for biomass? 
5. Prospects and challenges for the emergence of biomass-fueled commercial scale operations
6. Industrials – How are leaders in carbon intensive sectors exploring biomass to reduce their environmental impact?
7. Navigating the demands of local legislation to demonstrate quality and sustainability with the right partners

 
  • 12:45
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  • 14:15
  • Lunch
  • 14:15
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  • 15:00
  • How can the biomass sector communicate better to tackle the public perception challenge or does something more fundamental need to change?
  • As REDIII enters the decision-making stage, just how concerning are the critics of biomass and their potential impact on policy?
  • Is the bioenergy industry failing to justify its sustainability credentials to politicians and the public? 
  • Could the biomass sector collaborate closer with other renewable sectors?
  • Can BECCs help shift the biomass narrative?
  • 15:00
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  • 15:45
  • Closing debate – What will the biomass market look like in 5-8 years’ time?
  • What are the possible scenarios for the biomass sector once UK and Dutch subsidies have expired? Will new market structures and dynamics emerge?
  • What needs to be done to encourage further investment in the sector?
  • How will biomass compete with other renewables as well as traditional fuels as Europe pushes towards its environmental targets?
  • What are the commercial prospects for advanced, thermally treated pellets? Will they have a place in the biomass ecosystem?
  • 15:45
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  • 15:50
  • Chairperson's closing remarks
  • 15:50
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  • End of conference