Argus Biomass Conference

London, UK
1-3 April 2025
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2024 Agenda

23 April 2024

Sustainability Day

08:00 - 09:15

Registration opens

09:15 - 09:20

Producer's address

09:20 - 09:25

Chairperson's opening remarks

Freddie Staermose

Vice President, Generating Fuels and Dry Bulks
9:25 - 9:45

Keynote opening speech

09:45 - 10:30

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

Head of Quality and Certification Systems
Graanul Invest

Peter Kristensen

Director of Bioenergy Sustainability, Orsted

Morten Hultberg Buchgreitz

CM Biomass

Tim Brink

Biofuels Logistics and sustainability Operator, RWE Supply & Trading

Daniel Reinnemann

Senior Policy Officer, Bioenergy Europe
10:30 - 11:15

BECCS and what's next? How can BECCS projects benefit from carbon removal partnerships

• What prospects are there to expand BECCS across Europe?
• Can BECCs carbon be converted into tradeable credits
• Removal supply contracts: What does this mean?

Speakers include:

Adam Nye

VP Global Carbon Markets

David Fich

Senior Lead Business Developer- CCx, Orsted

Marc Bradbrook

SVP-Business Development, Drax
11:15 - 11:45

Morning break

Innovation Zone: Heat Markets Stream (Expo floor and Innovation Room)

11:45 - 12:00

Technical Zone Presentation: Amandus Kahl

Join industry expert Dennis Werner, Sales Director, Amandus Kahl giving a technical presentation in the technical stage inside the exhibition.

12:00 - 12:30

Premium Pellets Working Group

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


Christian Rakos

World Bioenergy Association
12:30 - 12:45

Technical Presentation by CPM

Join industry expert Brock Harrington, Sales Director, CPM giving a technical presentation in the technical stage inside the exhibition.

12:45 - 13:15

Wood Chips Stream

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


Andy Hill

Deputy Chair
Wood Recyclers Association

Pietro di Sarno

CEO, Intergroup

Main Stage: Carbon Presentations Stream

11:45 - 12:15

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

- Understanding the role of biomass and BECCS in the commoditised carbon space

Adam Nye

VP Global Carbon Markets

Paulina Rakowska

Senior Originator, EDF Trading

Sebastien Cross

Chief Innovation Officer
BeZero Carbon
12:15 - 13:00

RECs debunked: Exploring crossovers between renewable energy certificates and sustainable biomass

Moderated by:
Justin Colley, Manager- Electricity, Argus

Nils Holta

Net Zero Advisor, Ecohz
13:00 - 14:45

Networking lunch break

Research & Development: Innovation Sessions

14:30 - 14:40

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

Presenting latest research and development projects funded by the UK Department Energy Security and Net Zero to help study new feedstocks and energy crops. 15 minute insights from four leading innovators.

Jeanette Whitaker

Principal Scientist in Soil and Land use, UK CEHS

EnviroCrops: Digitizing energy crop management

Kevin Lindegaard

Director, Crops for Energy

TEMPEC: Project by New Energy Farms

Learn about one of the key agro-biomass projects in the UK harnessing the abundance of miscanthus as an agri-feedstock.

Speakers Include:

Mike Carver

Technical Manager, New Energy Farms

AWDB: Sustainable Willow Breeding


BioForce: Ecological management and tracking forestry emissions

15:25 - 15:40


Speakers Include:


Zoe Harris

Project Lead, TAEDA Tech
15:40 - 16:15

Afternoon break

16:15 - 16:30

Technical Presentation: Andritz (Innovation Zone)

Presented by: Dominique Kuhner, Industry Director- Biomass & Waste, ANDRITZ

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

Chief Executive Officer
Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP)

Amparo Arellano Gil

Senior Expert

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



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

Editor, Biomass
10:25 - 10:40

Looking into the future: Where is the industry headed?

- How will EU ETS and FiT impact the biomass sector?
- How will BECCS impact the biomass energy transition?
- Will Agribiomass compliment wood pellets?

Presented by:

Robie Webster

Consulting Manager, Argus
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

International Biomass Torrefaction and Carbonization Council IBTC

Patrick Lapointe

CCO, Airex Energy

Gerhard Muggen

Managing Director, BTG Bioliquids BV

John Teal

Vice President
11:30 - 12:00

Morning break

12:00 - 12:45

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?

Fernando Morencos Jaen

Traffic & Operations Manager, Votorantim Cement Trading

Liliana Gonzalez

Alternative Fuels Technologies Manager, CEMEX

Frank Van de Zon

Manager- Coal & Biomass Procurement, Tata Steel

Steve Sirdey

European Buyer Alternative Reductants & Biomass, ArcelorMittal

Erisa Senerdem

Editor, Biomass
12:45 - 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

Søren Alsing

Head of Fuel, Bioenergy and Thermal Power

Markus Hallapuro

CEO, TM Systems

William Strauss

13:30 - 14:45

Networking lunch

Innovation Zone: Policy Thinktank (Expo and Innovation Room)

14:45 - 15:00

Technical Presentation by TM Systems

Join industry expert Larri Fonsen, Sales Director, TM Systems giving a technical presentation in the techl stage inside the exhibition.

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


Daniel Reinnemann

Senior Policy Officer, Bioenergy Europe

Main Stage

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 asphalt industry planning to decarbonise using biomass?

Johannes Jung

Development Engineer - Research & Process Technology Department, Benninghoven (Wirtgen Group)

Leon Schweiger

Junior Project Manager, Schweiger Strassenbau

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: Industrial dynamics and increased stakeholder communications

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

Gordon Murray

Executive Director
Wood Pellet Association of Canada

Michael Wild

International Biomass Torrefaction and Carbonization Council IBTC

Jamie Lewis

Rare Earth Global

Philip Keating

CEO, Delta Biofuels

William Cracroft-Eley

Founder, Terravesta

Christian Rakos

World Bioenergy Association

Drax Networking Reception

17:30 - 19:30

Evening On-site reception hosted by Drax

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

25 April 2024

Global outlook


Doors open


Chairperson’s opening address

10:00 - 10:45

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:


Mark McConnell

Director of Sales, Graanul

Michael Christensen

Chief Operating Officer
CM Biomass

Johan Mertens

Biomass Trader, ENGIE

Peteris Rusa

Export Director, R Grupa
10:45 - 11:00

European Case Study: Creating a varied feedstock for biofuels and heat generation

• Case study: How has Paris district heating become a key example of expanding biomass usage in Europe

Jean Baptiste Marin

President, Europeenne de Biomasse
11:00 - 11:30

Morning Break

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

Christian Rakos

World Bioenergy Association

Mads Thomsen

Director-Trading, CM Biomass

Sudhanshu Mishra

Clean Energy Specialist, Camberwell Energy
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

International Biomass Torrefaction and Carbonization Council IBTC

Christian Rakos

World Bioenergy Association

Erisa Senerdem

Editor, Biomass
12:30 - 13:30

Lunch and networking

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