08 April - 10 April 2019
London, UK

Argus Biomass

Key European drivers for biomass growth

Start End
  • 09:10
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  • 09:40
  • Keynote address: Industrial applications in Europe – what will be the new growth story?
- Stimulating growth in the market for the supply of pellets to meet demand
- Understanding how companies can utilise biomass to meet emission targets
- How is the fossil fuel landscape impacting the biomass industry?
- New investments in the industry and new innovative solutions
- Where do we see the market beyond 2027?

Supply and demand balances

Start End
  • 09:40
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  • 10:10
  • A global future – cross-basin trading and competition across regions
- How has the market changed historically and how do we see the global market today?
- Exploring the globalisation of the biomass market and emerging future trading routes
- Analysing how global consumption is impacted by government incentives
- Examining the supply landscape from the US and Canada, and their future roles as exporters
- Understanding the impact of current price levels on supply routes
  • 10:10
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  • 11:00
  • Keynote panel discussion: Assessing the current supply-demand landscape and challenges with trading
- How do we see the trading landscape between the US and Europe evolving?
- What new trading companies are on the market because of the coal-biomass switch?
- How will Europe overcome its main challenges of a lack of available material?
- How are companies looking to create arbitrage in the market to lower price risk?
- Are companies allocating certain long-haul tonnage to consumers or delaying supply?
- Securing long-term contracts with partners in Asia
  • 11:00
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  • 11:30
  • Morning coffee and networking
  • 12:00
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  • 12:30
  • Speaker Q&A: Reviewing the trends towards alternative feedstock, waste wood and usage of recycled material
- What trends are emerging for the utilisation of waste wood?
- What are the supply-demand dynamics of alternative biomass options?
- Understanding the market shift towards non-wood biomass
- How will the demand for recycled wood develop within the biomass industry?
- How can companies set up new value chains to incorporate different feedstock?
  • 11:30
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  • 12:00
  • Focus on Asia: Exploring the supply-demand balance in the growing Asian demand context
- What developments are there with government incentives that will boost consumption?
- Addressing demand in Japan, South Korea and China
- How is the industry overcoming the challenge of a lack of material in Asia?
- What new supply trade flows are we witnessing into Asia?
- How much supply can we expect from Asia as a share of the global total?
- Assessing the movement towards palm kernel shell (PKS) and coconut husks
- Understanding current price levels for pellets
  • 12:30
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  • 14:00
  • Networking lunch

Pricing, costs and hedging risk

Start End
  • 14:00
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  • 14:30
  • Securing feedstock availability at the right price in a volatile market
- Exploring the past volatility of the market and price levels
- How have weather conditions and harvesting impacted the cost of biomass?
- What are the costs for industrial pellets?
- How is the price in Asia impacting global trade flows?
  • 14:30
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  • 15:00
  • Managing trading costs, risk and hedging
- Exploring the options of exporting products while hedging risk
- How has the issue of US exchange rates becoming challenging for the industry?
- What are the opportunities for trade and pellet absorption in Europe?
- How to get people to trade around the index of financial
- Looking at different trading efficiencies in the market, including OTC and on screen
  • 15:00
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  • 15:30
  • Afternoon coffee and networking

Government support and regulation

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  • 15:30
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  • 16:00
  • UK focus: The role of biomass in the UK in reducing emissions and meeting greenhouse gas (GHG) targets
- Looking at new GHG targets for pellets in the UK – how can industry comply?
- Understanding government-set sustainability guidelines
- What are the market scenarios in the context of Brexit?
- Calculating GHG emissions associated with the cultivation, processing and transportation of biomass
  • 16:00
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  • 16:30
  • Japan focus: What can companies expect from the feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme in Japan beyond 2019?
- Understanding the government’s incentives to drive renewable energy
- Reviewing updates on the FIT scheme in Japan – what can the market expect?
- What are the updates on the FIT scheme?
- How companies can meet government requirements

Expanding infrastructure and storage

Start End
  • 10:10
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  • 10:40
  • Creating a distribution hub for wood pellets in Europe
- Expanding capacity at terminals to meet growing demand
- How can ports assist with the movement of global industrial pellets?
- Creating a full logistical service to enhance the overall supply chain
- Handling, storage and distribution services of biomass that can reduce costs
  • 10:40
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  • 11:10
  • Expanding storage capacity to facilitate the increase in trade
- What does the storage landscape look like?
- Understanding the requirements for industrial pellet storage
- Looking at the need to increase storage at terminals to aid the pellet industry
- What different capacities for storage are available and how to be cost efficient
  • 11:10
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  • 11:40
  • Morning coffee and networking

Overcoming sustainability issues

Start End
  • 11:40
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  • 12:10
  • The sustainability story for large scale biomass: Examining the next steps
- Examining the role of utilities in reducing GHG emissions
- How can large industrial plants continue to support a sustainable business?
- Identifying sustainability measures across the supply chain, including sustainable sourcing
- Technological options and research avenues for sustainable biomass
  • 12:10
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  • 12:40
  • Examining the developments of sustainability standards in Japan and South Korea
- Understanding sustainability developments in Asia – where to next?
- What will the future look like for quality standards?
- How can harmonising sustainability standards with global partners improve the industry?
- How are large industrial players playing a part in sustainability?
  • 12:40
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  • 13:40
  • Networking lunch

Global investments in biomass

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  • 13:40
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  • 14:10
  • Case study: Meeting pellet demand with new production capacity in Brazil
- Producing 1.8mn t/yr of biomass to meet energy demand
- The benefits of being strategically located to favour high productivity of forests
- Investing in logistics including railways to support transport to ports
- Understanding certification standards
  • 14:10
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  • 14:40
  • Case study: Coal-to-biomass plant conversions in South Korea and status updates
- Converting to a power plant fuelled entirely by biomass
- Results from recent coal-to-biomass unit 1 conversion
- Exploring fuel handling upgrades to convert a combination of pellets, wood chips and PKS
- Working closely with construction companies to improve operational efficiency

New advances in biomass

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  • 14:40
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  • 15:10
  • Cutting emissions by combining carbon capture and storage (CCS) and biomass
- How should the biomass industry exploit CCS technologies to meet targets?
- Capturing carbon from biomass processing
- Delivering negative thermal emissions and the benefits to the environment
- Securing investments for new projects

  • 15:10
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  • 15:20
  • Launching the largest project for renewable energy storage in the Nordics based on biomass cogeneration
- Identifying the movement towards renewable energy storage and its benefits
- Balancing out production from unstable sources including wind and solar
- Storing energy based on lithium-ion batteries charged by biomass cogeneration
- Increasing flexibility of the energy markets and ensuring security of supply