20 4月 - 22 4月 2020
London, UK

Argus Biomass

Industrial drivers in the biomass industry to reduce emissions

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  • 09:10
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  • 09:40
  • Keynote address: Investments in the biomass industry to meet carbon emission targets
  • How the biomass market is becoming an integral part of future renewable schemes
  • Meeting zero carbon targets through investments in biomass boilers
  • How industrials are meeting sustainability requirements
  • 09:40
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  • 10:20
  • Industrial keynote panel: Is Biomass a renewable solution? How can we make it a reality?

This panel will explore the future use of biomass in the industrial sector. Hear for the first-time new strategies and benefits of using woody biomass for energy production. Learn how new supply contracts will be managed and how industrials are dealing with sustainability issues

  • What are the benefits of utilising biomass over other traditional resources and operations?
  • What can we expect for the future of the industry and requirements from industrials?
  • How do you view feedstock security and what methods are in place for a consistent supply?

  • 10:20
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  • 11:00
  • Morning coffee and networking
  • 11:00
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  • 11:30
  • How can the biomass industry adopt carbon pricing as a tool to incentivise growth in the market
  • Exploring biomass as a viable fuel option to offset CO2 – pricing trends in coal, gas and power
  • What are the trends within the cement and steel industry to offset CO2?
  • How is CO2 pricing in Europe driving demand for biomass use?

Changing global supply demand trends

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  • 11:30
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  • 12:00
  • Global supply demand dynamics and the impact of Asia growth on European consumption
  • What does the current European trends look like, and what’s the impact of Asia demand?
  • How can companies increase the transparency of flow of materials?
  • Understanding current price levels and the impact growing demand has on pricing
  • 12:00
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  • 12:40
  • Supply panel discussion: Securing a constant fuel supply and identifying new source regions

This panel discussion will focus on key issues and needs for a consistent supply and will address new regions emerging as sourcing options including South America and Africa

  • What are the current challenges with securing a consistent fuel supply within the global market?
  • What solutions are global biomass users needing to ensure on-time delivery?
  • Which new regions are emerging as source basins for fibre and biomass?

  • 12:40
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  • 14:10
  • Networking lunch
  • 14:10
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  • 14:40
  • A focus on Germany: Investments in CHP expansions and increasing biomass capacity
  • Exploring the role of biomass in the company’s energy production strategy 2030
  • Looking at project timelines to 2022 and investments in technology to become carbon neutral
  • Utilising waste wood as part of the fuel blend – is this a viable option?

A focus on regional case studies

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  • 14:40
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  • 15:10
  • North America: New industrial pellet production capacity to meet customer demand
  • Where are we seeing new production capacity on line and how is it changing supply dynamics?
  • Exploring new shipping routes and carriers into Europe and Asia
  • What investments have taken place for the transport of pellets to ports?
  • 15:10
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  • 15:40
  • Afternoon coffee and networking
  • 15:40
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  • 16:10
  • Asia continuing to grow: What’s next for this changing market and developments with sustainability?
  • What new trade flows are emerging due to developments in Japan and South Korea?
  • How can exporters meet sustainability requirements and do business in the region?
  • The future role of Vietnam as an exporter of biomass material
  • 16:10
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  • 16:40
  • Poland: Boosting biomass demand with new coal-to-biomass conversation
  • How are new regulations in Poland bolstering activity within the region?
  • Where will regional investments take place?
  • Understanding new supply trends – where biomass will be source
  • 16:40
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  • 16:50
  • Chairpersons conclusions of the day and close

Biomass handling: how will infrastructure cope with new flows?

Start End
  • 09:10
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  • 09:40
  • Meeting demand for biomass handling at Ports
  • How the increase demand of biomass is having an impact on Port capacity and accessibility
  • Exploring available space at Ports and how to improve the supply chain
  • What investments are taking place to store and handle larger quantities?
  • 09:40
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  • 10:20
  • Shipping panel discussion: Looking at the development of the shipping landscape and availability of small vessels for wood chip transportation

This panel discussion will examine the main challenges of a changing shipping landscape for wood chips, how the market will tackle an ageing fleet, and the impact freight rates will have on transport

  • How difficult is it to currently handle trade and how are shipowners adapting?
  • What are the impacts of ageing smaller vessels on the shipping landscape?
  • Where will we see the links of transport chains for CO2 use and attention to sustainability?

  • 10:20
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  • 10:50
  • Morning coffee and networking
  • 10:50
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  • 11:20
  • Case study: Setting up an integrated supply chain in Canada
  • Moving products from A-B: what are the logistics challenges faced by producers?
  • Finding solutions with transport of trucks and rail
  • Building new storage facilities and warehouses for a reliable supply

New technological advancements

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  • 11:20
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  • 11:50
  • Reducing costs across the value chain with new technology solutions
  • Identifying the best practices in keeping plant costs in check
  • What instruments need to be in place to utilise waste as a biomass feedstock?
  • How can recycling waste streams benefit the overall costs of production?
  • 11:50
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  • 12:20
  • The digital transformation journey: Improving operational efficiency at the plant
  • Moving to a new digital era – how can the biomass industry reap the benefits?
  • What digital strategies are being adopted to improve data gathering and operational decisions?
  • Looking for a better approach to achieve end-to-end visibility

Sustainability – supporting the biomass industry

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  • 13:30
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  • 14:00
  • Utility case study: 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
  • 14:00
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  • 14:30
  • Sweden case study: Renewable solutions to improve sustainability at the plant
  • Diverting waste heat to be used locally at district heating centers
  • Using the right raw materials that will raise renewable products
  • Gaining the right certification for pellet supply
  • 14:30
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  • 15:10
  • Government panel discussion: Exploring various sustainability criterion across Europe and impacts for trade

A key challenge for the biomass industry is varying sustainability standards across Europe. You’ll have the opportunity to ask the most pressing questions to a leading panel of experts and understand how the market can harmonise sustainability criteria

  • What does the current landscape look like and what are the challenges with working across borders?
  • How are governments working towards a European biomass market?
  • How can the industry work with various sustainability schemes?

  • 15:10
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  • 15:20
  • Chairpersons conclusions and closing remarks
  • 15:20
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  • Close of conference