20 fevereiro - 22 fevereiro 2023
In-person: Singapore & Online Access

Argus Biomass Asia Conference

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  • Pre-conference site visit
Site visit to the Energy Resource Centre at Gardens by the Bay. Limited places available.

Conference Day 1

Start End
  • 08:15
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  • 09:05
  • Breakfast and Registration
  • 09:05
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  • 09:15
  • Chairperson's introduction and opening remarks
  • 09:15
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  • 09:50
  • Keynote
  • 09:50
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  • 10:25
  • Argus global biomass market overview and outlook Erisa Senerdem - Biomass Editor, Argus
What are current market dynamics under the pandemic and energy crisis?
Investing new and old trade flows, what can we expect from a changing global supply landscape?
How is the biomass market adapting to restricted Russian supply? Will we see an increase in supply from Russia to Asia over the next few years?
How disruptive is the EU power price cap for the wider biomass market?
  • 10:25
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  • 10:55
  • How will biomass help phase out coal in East Asia’s energy transition? A specific focus on Japan. Takanobu Aikawa - Senior Researcher, Renewable Energy Institute
Reducing dependency on coal - how is the reduction implemented? What policy tools are available for reducing coal dependency?
How will Japan’s post Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) have impacts on bioenergy supply chains, specifically woody biomass and PKS. 
The next growth beyond the FIT - Is black pellet deployed for substituting coal?
  • 10:45
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  • 11:15
  • Speed networking
Delegates can meet existing contacts and forge new relationships during this time.
  • 11:15
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  • 11:55
  • Coffee break
  • 11:55
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  • 12:20
  • A deep dive into South Korea’s biomass market Seung-Kon Lee - Bioenergy Team Manager, GS Corp

• What government subsidies are South Korea further advancing for biomass development? How will this increase biomass demand in the country?
• Updates on the government’s renewable energy credits (RECs) and how this will impact the market.

  • 12:20
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  • 13:00
  • How can we improve the way we do trading in the biomass industry? - Rainbow Pellets, PREPSL, Cynosure Partners

Are we able to promote the free flow of products between countries more efficiently? 
How do we improve the productivity of the biomass supply chain? How to run a cost-efficient biomass supply chain? 
What mechanisms allow us to pursue long-term business? How do we ensure long-term procurement? 

 

Speakers:
David Wong, Director, Rainbow Pellets
Monish Ahuja, Managing Director, PREPSL
Moderator: Andy Hill, Managing Director, Cynosure Partners 

  • 13:00
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  • 14:15
  • Networking lunch break
  • 14:15
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  • 15:05
  • How is regulation enabling decarbonisation in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia? - Singapore Institute of International Affairs and RSK Centre for Sustainability Excellence

What are the regulatory bottlenecks holding back Indonesia’s renewable ambitions? (Improving the palm oil value chain economics for steadier supply)
With the launch of the carbon credit trading system, what is Thailand’s plan going forward?
What are Vietnam’s plans beyond phasing out coal? Their wood supply and potential areas for development. 
What are Malaysia’s plans with transitioning to a low carbon development plan? How will this impact PKS exports?

 

Speakers:
Yu Leng Khor, Senior Fellow, Sustainability, Singapore Institute of International Affairs 
Robert Charnock, Director of Climate Strategy and Decarbonisation, RSK Centre for Sustainability Excellence 

  • 15:05
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  • 15:45
  • Replacing coal with bioenergy: What opportunities are out there? - Renova, Argus

Forecast for coal demand, prices and the fundamentals that are driving the coal market?
Can biomass be a real alternative to coal as a resource to be used in the energy generation sector?
How easy is it for utilities to make the switch between coal to biomass? Are boilers designed to switch back?
Are utilities looking at locking in more long-term contracts or are they still looking at spot?

 

Speakers:
Yoshinobu Kusano, Executive Advisor, Renova 
Moderator: Andrew Jones, Editor, Solid Fuels, Asia-Pacific, Argus 

Further speakers to be announced 

  • 15:45
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  • 16:30
  • Coffee break
  • 16:30
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  • 17:10
  • Advancing biomass by torrefaction and steam explosion to cover industrial process energy demand - Idemitsu Kosan, B&Co, International Biomass Torrefaction Council

Coal substitution in power generation and industrial heat – what are the advantages of torrefied product?
How can we establish torrefaction technology on a commercial scale with the sustainability of sourcing and supply chain sustainability?
Where can we see torrefied biomass growing? Which industries and applications, and how can we amplify this growth?

Speakers:
Naoki Kawamoto, Senior (Black Pellets), Coal & Energy Solution Dept, Idemitsu Kosan
Kevin Bingwa, Chief Executive, B&Co
Moderator: Michael Wild, President, International Biomass Torrefaction Council

Further speakers to be announced 

  • 17:10
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  • Chairperson's closing remarks
  • 17:10
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  • 19:30
  • Networking drinks reception

Conference day 2

Start End
  • 08:15
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  • 09:30
  • Breakfast and registration
  • 09:30
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  • 09:40
  • Chairperson's opening remarks
  • 09:40
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  • 10:15
  • Argus’ Asia-Pacific biomass markets in focus: key supply-demand fundamentals and trade trends. Andrew Jones - Editor, Solid Fuels, Asia-Pacific, Argus
Asian PKS and wood pellets – key market drivers
What are the prospects of domestic/intra-regional demand of wood pellets and PKS in Southeast Asia? 
Which new supplier countries could emerge to meet growing demand? Will Asia become a key supplier to Europe and how will this be achieved?
What is the future for industry pricing over the next few years?
  • 10:15
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  • 10:55
  • How do producers expect to expand capacity over the next year? How will Asia’s demand shift global market dynamics?

How are traders adapting their sourcing strategies, and where do they see new trading routes emerging?
Is there enough biomass feedstock available for future growing demand to support both the power industry and heavy industry? How can we ramp up production? 
The development of new biomass resources, including white pellets, black pellets, and utilizing agricultural residue.

 

Speakers to be confirmed 

  • 10:55
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  • 11:40
  • Coffee break
  • 11:40
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  • 12:20
  • What investments are required to ensure a more efficient and resilient biomass shipping industry? - NYK Bulk & Project Carriers, Drewry

How are biomass exporters and importers managing high volatility in the shipping market? How can we plan to manage imminent environmental regulation in shipping?
How is Asia going to cost-efficiently and environmentally-efficiently send pellets into Europe?
With the current transporting volume of biomass increasing over the next few years, how can we expand the capacity of vessels, ports, and containers to hold enough biomass? 

 

Speaker Include:
Takeshi Maruo, Manager, Coal & Biomass Team, NYK Bulk & Project Carriers
Moderator: Jayendu Krishna, Director – Deputy Head of Maritime Advisors, Drewry

  • 12:30
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  • 13:00
  • A look into PKS supply dynamics & meeting sustainability requirements - Erex

What does Europe’s growing demand for Asia’s PKS mean? Current and future prospects for PKS producers and traders.
How can the PKS market certify enough of its supply chain to meet the Japanese demand from 2023?
With Japan boosting its PKS Imports, and increasing its certification requirements, how can palm oil mills, traders and producers attain sustainability certification to ensure smooth trading with Japan?

 

Speaker confirmed:
Kenichi Hanada, Managing Director, Erex

Further speakers to be confirmed 

  • 13:00
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  • 14:20
  • Networking lunch break
  • 14:20
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  • 14:55
  • Sustainability for woody biomass: what does the sustainability criteria involve and how we can overcome these challenges? - sbp & Ayo Biomass

How can we overcome sustainability challenges to ensure biomass production across the supply chain is sustainable? 
What certification programs are available to claim, that that wood pellets are from legal and sustainable sources and meet regulatory requirements? 
What can be done to increase financing for smaller companies finding it difficult to make their supply chain sustainable?
Is carbon absorption and sequestration during the supply chain of woody biomass being accounted properly?

 

Speakers:
Carsten Huljus, Chief Executive, SBP
Kenneth Tran, Director, Ayo Biomass

  • 14:55
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  • 15:35
  • Industrial applications for biomass to energy: How to move forward as an industrial user of energy (Biomass to heat/electricity) - BECIS Bioenergy

What is the potential for local biomass use in South-East Asia? How to set up biomass supply chains for industrial boilers?
How do you cover this local biomass supply chain without their being subsidies, or incentives to trade this biomass?
What are the best practices to implement biomass-to-heat/combined heat & power for industrial use?


Speakers:
Jawahar Harinarayanan, Managing Director - Indonesia, Vietnam & Cambodia, BECIS Bioenergy

Further speakers to be confirmed

  • 15:35
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  • 16:20
  • Coffee break
  • 16:20
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  • 17:00
  • Steel, cement, and chemical Industries: The future of biomass beyond fossil fuels in industrial applications - Tata Steel, Worley
What is biomass competing with? Is biomass a realistic choice for reducing carbon emissions in these energy-intensive industries?
Will we see a rise in black pellets with the demand of torrefied biomass reaching new levels? What other technologies will become available?
How can these industries use biomass to meet carbon reduction goals? 
 

 

Speakers:
Hishmi Husain, Head Biodiversity Corporate Sustainability, Tata Steel
Andrea Buetler, Director Energy Transition Asia Pacific, Worley

 

Further speakers to be confirmed 

  • 17:00
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  • Chairperson's closing remarks