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Argus Biomass Conference

London, UK
23-25 April 2024
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Agenda

23 April 2024

Sustainability Day

08:30 - 09:15

Registration opens

09:15 - 09:20

Producer's address

09:20 - 09:25

Chairperson's opening remarks

Freddie Staermose

Freddie Staermose

Vice President, Generating Fuels and Dry Bulks
Argus
09:45 - 10:45

Keynote panel - Sustainability beyond the obvious: How will bioenergy become a widely accepted source of renewable power?

• Is it the failure of policy or failure of industry causing a difference in public perception?
• Communicating resilience to tackle emissions successfully.
• Increased credibility: Will new industrial players help make biomass a credible renewable resource?

Speakers include:

Mihkel Jugaste

Mihkel Jugaste

Head of Quality and Certification Systems
Graanul Invest
10:45 - 11:15

BECCS breakdown: Creating a credible methodology for carbon sequestration to trade

• Understanding the key role of certification to improve carbon traceability
• What prospects are there to expand BECCS across Europe?
• How can BECCs carbon be converted into tradeable credits?

Speakers include:

Angela Hepworth

Angela Hepworth

Commercial Director
Drax
11:15 - 12:00

Morning break

Innovation Zone: Heat Markets Stream

12:00 - 12:30

Premium Pellets Working Group

• Discussing heat generation demand and lack of supply
• From stoves to boilers, creating flexible technologies

Chair:

Christian Rakos

Christian Rakos

President
World Bioenergy Association
13:00 - 13:30

Wood Chips Stream

• Outlooks for winter 2024
• Wood chip availability in Europe
• Concerns on domestic woodchip supply

Chair:

Andy Hill

Andy Hill

Deputy Chair
Wood Recyclers Association

Main Stage: Carbon Presentations Stream

12:00 - 12:30

Technologies: How will CCS costs affect biomass markets?

12:30 - 13:00

Understanding the VCM markets: How will today’s biomass players become tomorrow’s carbon traders?

13:00 - 13:30

Topic to be announced

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13:30 - 14:45

Networking lunch break

Research & Development: Innovation Sessions

14:30

EnviroCrops: Digitizing energy crop management

14:45

Research & Development: How is the UK innovating biomass feedstock availability?

Presenting latest research and development projects across the UK to help study new feedstocks and energy crops. 15 minute insights from four leading innovators.

15:00

White Horse Technology: From farm to energy, creating an efficient pellet supply chain

15:15

BioForce: Ecological management and tracking forestry emissions

15:45 - 16:30

Afternoon break

16:30 - 17:00

Sustainability standards working group (SBP-SURE)

• Updated on progresses made in the EU and Asia on agreeing to sustainability standards
• What are key challenges for EU regulations for biomass categorization
• Will there be separate standards based on different end-uses?

Speakers include:

Carsten Huljus

Carsten Huljus

Chief Executive Officer
Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP)
Amparo Arellano

Amparo Arellano Gil

Senior Expert
SURE

Argus Biomass Industry Awards

17:00 - 17:30

Argus Biomass Industry Awards Ceremony

The Argus Biomass Industry Awards will showcase the achievements of companies and individuals at the number-one networking event for the biomass industry. The awards recognise thought leadership in bringing sustainability to the forefront of business and in tackling climate change. 2024 winners will be announced here!

17:30 - 18:30

Evening drinks reception

24 April 2024

Outlooks

09:00

Doors open

09:35 - 09:40

Chairperson's opening address

09:40 - 10:25

Argus Biomass Outlook: How has Europe’s position changed as a key user for biomass?

• Has the 2023 winter set further unpredictability for 2024 demand?
• Exploring growing demand centers across the globe: who can we see enter the biomass markets in 2024?
• Will European demand continue to lead the way for global pellet and woodchip prices?

Presented by:

Erisa Senerdem

Erisa Senerdem

Editor, Biomass
Argus
10:25 - 10:40

Looking into the future: Where is the industry headed?

10:40 - 11:30

Future of feedstocks: What are the new technological breakthroughs increasing the popularity of biomass as a feedstock for next-gen biofuels?

• The return of treated pellets: how have treated pellets (steam explosion, torrefied, carbonized) become a potential feedstock for liquification and gasification
• How can biomass contribute in sustainable biofuel generation?
• Laying out the technological pathways: what is the best feedstock for solid, liquid or gas fuel generation?

Speakers include:

Michael Wild

Michael Wild

Managing Partner
Wild&Partner
11:30 - 12:15

Morning break

12:15 - 13:00

Powering heavy industry: How have cement and steel players consolidated their positions as long term biomass buyers?

• Highlighting differences in approach: what is the different between steel and cement demand
• Sustainability as the key cog in pushing further biomass use in the cement industry
• How can biomass be the key stepping stone to produce greener steel?

Speakers include:
Fernando Morencos Jaén, Traffic & Operations Manager, Votorantim Cement Trading
Steve Sirdey, Category Manager, ArcelorMittal
Liliana Gonzalez, Alternative Fuels Manager, CEMEX
Frank Van Der Zon, Manager- Biomass/Coal Procurement, Tata Steel

13:00 - 13:30

The utility dilemma: Will new demand cause issues with traditional supply?

• How will utilities adapt to new market entrants and growing demand
• How can the biomass industry ensure supply without depletion in natural resources?
• Discussing forestry limits and possible effects on heating

Christian Joore, Head of Biomass & Freight, Vattenfall
Markus Hallapuro, CEO, TM Systems
Moderated by: Bill Strauss, President, FutureMetrics

13:45 - 14:45

Networking lunch

Policy Thinktank

14:45 - 15:00

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15:00 - 15:30

Innovation Zone: Bioenergy policy thinktank

· Has REDIII aided or barriered the biomass sector?
· How can the industry help bring amendments to current RED & EUDR discussions?
· Relaying science-based solutions effectively to governments

Manolis Karampinis, Director- BD & Membership, Bioenergy Europe
Kasia Wilk, Head of Public Affairs and Policy, Drax

Heavy industry

14:45 - 15:00

Power Markets Outlook

· Looking at European Winter spikes
· What are key challenges for utilities to help mitigate costs?

Presented by: Justin Colley, Argus

15:00 - 15:30

Heavy Industry Sustainability: How is the bitumen industry planning to decarbonise using biomass?

Insights from:
Leon Schweiger, Project Manager, Schweiger Strassenbau
Johannes Jung, Development Engineer Research and Process Technology, Benninghoven

Networking & Roundtables

15:30 - 16:00

Afternoon break

15:30 - 17:30

Networking Roundtables

Roundtable 1: Safety and transparency: minimizing productivity risks in storing, handling and using biomass
Chairs: Gordon Murray, Executive Director, WPAC

Roundtable 2: The Agri-biomass wave: is it here to stay?
Chairs: Jamie Lewis, COO, Rare Earth Global

Roundtable 3: North American market dynamics

Roundtable 4: Thermally Treated Biomass
Chairs: Michael Wild, President, IBTC

Drax Networking Reception

17:30 - 19:30

Evening Off-site reception hosted by Drax

Network and unwind with international peers at the Drax hosted offsite networking reception.

25 April 2024

Global outlook

09:00

Doors open

10:00

Chairperson’s opening address

10:15 - 11:00

Difference in execution: European policy and reactions to changing demand dynamics

• Are more region’s ready to switch to biomass-based heating
• Expanding biomass usage in South Europe: Are weather changes affecting spot-markets?
• Case study: How has Paris district heating become a key example of expanding biomass usage in Europe

Jean-Baptiste Marin, CEO, Europenne De Biomasse
Kasia Wilk, Head of Public Affairs and Policy, Drax

11:00 - 11:30

Forestry and the case of sustainable local feedstocks in the Nordics, Baltics and East Europe

• How have Polish markets become key players in creating new local demand
• Will Baltic supply expand into East Europe?
• Has Nordic reliance on biomass created domestic shortages?

Speakers include:

Michael Christensen

Michael Christensen

Chief Operating Officer
CM Biomass
11:30 - 12:00

Sleeping giant: Can Asia become the next big biomass market?

• A peek into new developments in India and China
• How has favourable policy encouraged Asian end users to switch
• New supply routes: will there be new biomass producers in Asia in 2024

Speaker include:
Aditya Pandit, CEO, Hutah Industries

12:00 - 12:30

The big debate: Are we headed for a re-brand in the biomass world?

• Is there a difference: Bioenergy, biomass, biocarbon?

Speakers include:

Michael Wild

Michael Wild

Managing Partner
Wild&Partner
Christian Rakos

Christian Rakos

President
World Bioenergy Association