20 abril - 22 abril 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: Biomass as feedstock in the chemical industry Cordula Mock-Knoblauc - Director Renewables & Sustainability, BASF
  • Key drivers for using biomass over traditional fossil fuels
  • Challenges in the transformation and different approaches to overcome them
  • Diversity of biomass feedstocks and associated sustainability aspects
  • 09:40
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  • 10:20
  • Industrial keynote panel: Is Biomass a renewable solution? How can we make it a reality? - BASF, Heathrow Airport, Solvay

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?

Panellists:

Cordula Mock-Knoblauc, Climate Protection Coordinator, BASF 
Keith Lockhart, Senior Category Manager – Utilities, Heathrow 
Richard Bourdon, Climate and Energy Transition Manager Europe, Solvay


  • 10:20
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  • 11:00
  • Morning coffee and networking
  • 11:00
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  • 11:30
  • How carbon pricing can help to promote the transition to lower carbon fuels by 2026 Jonathan Sims - Editor, European Emissions, Argus
  • Exploring biomass as a viable option for decarbonisation and profitability trends in coal, gas and power markets
  • How are EU industrials managing their growing carbon price exposure?
  • How is carbon pricing in the UK driving demand for biomass use?

Changing global supply demand trends

Start End
  • 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 - Rainbow Pellet, Gabon Pellets, Wood Pellet Services

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?

Moderator:

Gordon Murray, Executive Director, WPAC

Panellists:

Chris Fodor, Founder, Gabon Pellets
David Wong, Founder, Rainbow Pellet
Tiago Andrade, Director, Wood Pellet Services 


  • 12:40
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  • 14:10
  • Networking lunch

A focus on regional case studies

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  • 14:00
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  • 14:30
  • North America case study: Supply capacity expansion and investments in infrastructure to shape new trade opportunities Thomas Meth - EVP Sales and Marketing, Enviva
  • New wood pellet production projects, capacity and timelines
  • Sourcing feedstock and creating reliable supply chains
  • How will a new deep-water export terminal at the port of Pascagoula aid trade?
  • 14:30
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  • 15:00
  • Asia continuing to grow: What’s next for this changing market and developments with sustainability? Ted Kim - Manager, Samsung C&T Corporation
  • 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
  • 15:00
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  • 15:30
  • Afternoon coffee and networking
  • 15:30
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  • 16:00
  • Africa: The new pellet frontier? A project to produce wood pellets from the Congo River Basin forests Chris Fodor - Founder, Gabon Pellets
  • Activities in Africa including Congo and Gabon: investments and project development
  • How much pellet production and export potential is there?
  • Use of waste wood and examining the supply chain

Derivatives market update

Start End
  • 16:00
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  • 16:30
  • Derivatives panel discussion: Physical indexation – how that interacts with risk management
  • How has the increase seasonality affected procurement strategies?
  • How much appetite is there in the market to actively manage price risk?
  • How would a utility or producer seek to lock in cash flow in the current market environment?

Moderator:

Freddie Staermose, Vice President - Generation Fuels & Dry Bulks, Argus 

Panellists:

Christian Joore, Lead Trader, Vattenfall 

Fabien Méhu, Head of Biomass Trading, ENGIE
  • 16:30
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  • 16:40
  • Chairpersons conclusions of the day and close Freddie Staermose - Vice President - Generation Fuels & Dry Bulks, Argus

Industry leaders case studies

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  • 09:10
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  • 09:40
  • Estonia case study: Renewable solutions to improve sustainability at the plant Mihkel Jugaste - Head of Quality and Certification Systems, Graanul Invest
  • 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
  • 09:40
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  • 10:10
  • Utility case study: Cutting emissions by combining carbon capture and storage (CCS) and biomass Matt Willey - Group External Affairs Director, Drax
  • 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
  • 10:10
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  • 10:40
  • Morning coffee and networking

New technological advancements

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  • 10:40
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  • 11:10
  • 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?
  • 11:10
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  • 11:40
  • 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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  • 11:40
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  • 12:30
  • Co-firing presentations followed by Q&A: Sustainability challenges with co-firing - Uniper, Engie
  • How are new investments in co-firing in the Netherlands changing the biomass landscape?
  • What are the main sustainability challenges?
  • How are utilities working towards new regulations and REDII?

Speakers:

Alf van Weereld, Head of Biomass Sourcing & Trading, Uniper 

Fabien Méhu, Head of Biomass Trading, ENGIE 

  • 12:30
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  • 14:00
  • Networking lunch
  • 14:00
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  • 14:30
  • Government panel discussion: Implementing the EU sustainability criteria for biomass fuels post-2020: opportunities and challenges - European Commission, BEIS, Dutch Government

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?

Panellists:

Giulio Volpi, Policy coordinator, European Commission 
Siobhan Sherry, Head of Biomass Electricity, BEIS
Timo Gerlagh, Senior Expert Bioenergy, Dutch Government 


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?
  • 15:00
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  • 15:30
  • 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?

  • 15:30
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  • 15:40
  • Chairpersons conclusions and closing remarks Freddie Staermose - Vice President - Generation Fuels & Dry Bulks, Argus
  • 15:30
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  • Close of conference