04 marzo - 06 marzo 2020
Singapore

Argus Biomass Asia Conference

*Agenda subject to change

The road ahead for biomass

Start End
  • 08:30
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  • 09:15
  • Registration and coffee
  • 09:15
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  • 09:20
  • Chairman's welcome remarks
  • 09:20
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  • 09:40
  • Keynote address: The future of biomass and its place in renewable energy goals Toshimasa Masuyama - Bioenergy Analyst, Innovation and Technology Center, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
  • The role of bioenergy in the energy transformation to meet the Paris climate goals
  • Beyond public utilities – who else is using biomass in their energy mix?  
  • Need for an enabling environment for the development of bioenergy supply chains (technologies, policies, finances, etc.)
  • 09:40
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  • 10:00
  • Shifts in global biomass trade and implications for buyers and sellers
  • Developments in the world’s biomass market and emerging trade routes
    • How is biomass becoming a global commodity?
  • Comparing between demand and supply trends of different regions
    • How can supply markets achieve better synergy with global demand?
  • New routes to explore
    • Role of government and global policy makers in affecting trade flows

Market updates - Demand

Start End
  • 10:00
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  • 10:15
  • Japan - Beyond the FIT: ensuring sustainability in energy policies
  • Updates on Japan’s FIT scheme
  • What’s next and what can companies expect?
  • Future of biomass as part of Japan’s renewable energy strategy
  • 10:15
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  • 10:30
  • South Korea – Long term outlook for energy resources Sanghoon Lee - President of New and Renewable Energy Center, Korea Energy Agency
  • Changes to Korea’s renewable energy policy and implications for biomass
  • Shifts between domestic and international supply
  • Planned energy usage and expected future demand
  • 10:30
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  • 11:15
  • Morning refreshments and Speed Networking
Get your business cards and smiles ready!

Market updates - Supply

Start End
  • 11:15
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  • 11:30
  • Vietnam – a review of wood supply and potential areas for development
  • 11:30
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  • 11:45
  • Thailand – harnessing the country’s biomass potential
  • 11:45
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  • 12:00
  • Indonesia – improving the oil palm value chain economics for steadier supply
  • 12:00
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  • 12:15
  • Malaysia – expanding supply capabilities for new markets

Spotlight on Australia and New Zealand

Start End
  • 12:15
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  • 12:30
  • Australia - growing in supply
  • 12:30
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  • 13:00
  • Fireside Chat: Emerging supply centres in Australia and New Zealand
  • Overcoming existing infrastructure challenges to service Asia’s growing markets
  • Role of government in supporting industry development
  • Opportunities for development and potential for transition into a supply centre
  • 13:00
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  • 14:30
  • Networking lunch
 

A review of the region's ports and logistics infrastructure

Start End
  • 14:30
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  • 14:45
  • Northport/Southpoint Case Study: Building a regional biomass logistics hub Datuk Azman Shah Mohd Yusof - Chief Executive Officer, Northport
  • Developing Southpoint into a biomass handling hub
  • Lessons learnt and developments so far
  • Optimising costs, benefits and plans for the future
  • 14:45
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  • 15:00
  • Port of Rotterdam Case Study: Lessons from Europe
  • How is Rotterdam developing itself into a global biomass logistics hub?
  • Progress so far and what is in store for the next 10 years
  • Moving beyond a port into a bio-based industrial cluster

  • 15:00
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  • 15:45
  • Panel: Are Asia’s ports due for an upgrade?
  • Reviewing existing port infrastructure to support biomass handling
  • What improvements are needed?
  • Outlook for biomass logistics

  • 15:45
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  • 16:30
  • Afternoon refreshments

Closing Keynote

Start End
  • 16:30
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  • 17:30
  • Industry Leaders’ Panel: Biomass for a changing tomorrow
  • Changing market conditions
    • Working around fluctuating demand – what are some strategies to cope with changes in policy and buyer requirements?
  • Business models and contracts
    • How can these be adapted to accommodate changes in market economics?
  • The road ahead – how do you foresee the use of biomass developing in the region?
    • Where will new opportunities emerge from?
  • 17:30
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  • 17:35
  • Chairman's closing remarks
  • 17:35
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  • 20:00
  • Cocktail reception sponsored by CellMark (open to all attendees)

Ensuring sustainability in the biomass value chain

Start End
  • 09:00
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  • 09:30
  • Morning networking and coffee
  • 09:30
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  • 09:40
  • Chairman's remarks
  • 09:40
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  • 10:00
  • Keynote: The business sense of biomass – why biomass is playing a bigger role in corporate sustainability efforts
  • A review of efforts to go green and the road ahead
  • Incorporating biomass in the energy mix – why and how
  • Creating a sustainable circular ecosystem through effective partnerships

Sustainability and certification

Start End
  • 10:00
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  • 10:15
  • Meeting the requirements of SBP and opening new opportunities
  • Updates on SBP requirements
  • Overcoming key issues and challenges for producers to improve usability
  • Ensuring long-term sustainability and quality in the supply chain
  • 10:15
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  • 10:30
  • Changes in PKS procurement methods with new sustainability requirements Hiroaki Goto - General Manager, eRex Singapore
  • 10:30
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  • 10:45
  • Updates on wood chip certification requirements
  • Status of wood chips usage in Asia
  • Current standards and expected changes in the future
  • Potential challenges in attaining quality standards
  • 10:45
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  • 11:30
  • Morning refreshments and networking

Project financing and investment

Start End
  • 11:30
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  • 12:10
  • Panel: Overcoming pitfalls to maximise financing success
  • How has the financing landscape for biomass projects changed over time?
    • New players, requirements, types of financing
  • What are investors looking for when it comes to financing new projects?
    • Challenges and how can the industry address them?
  • 12:10
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  • 12:50
  • Roundtable Discussions

It’s your turn to ask the experts! This is an interactive, unstructured 40-minute session for delegates to meet and have Q&A with key subject matter experts. Delegates are encouraged to pre-register before the conference to secure your seats.

Limited to 10-15 seats per table.

Roundtable 1: Looking ahead - ensuring sustainability for long term biomass supply

Roundtable 2:  Innovative methods for project financing and investment

Roundtable 3: Overcoming challenges in achieving certification standards

  • 12:50
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  • 12:55
  • Chairperson's closing remarks
  • 12:55
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  • 14:30
  • Networking lunch and end of conference See you in 2021!