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MAIN CONFERENCE DAY ONE: WEDNESDAY 18 APRIL 2018

08.00 Morning registration and networking
09.00 Chairperson's opening remarks

Freddie Staermose, Business Development, Argus
 

ASSESSING DRIVERS FOR INDUSTRIAL PELLETS

09.10


Keynote speech: Promoting biomass as a competitive renewable energy source

  • Looking at market growth driven by the global shift to low-carbon fuel sources
  • Understanding the need for harmonised and integrated policies and sustainability measures
  • How to improve competition at a time of lower power prices
  • Identifying new feedstock for biomass including waste 
  • What new alternative commodities could biomass gain from?
  • How does the movement towards electrification potentially impact the biomass industry?

 

REVIEWING THE CURRENT PELLET BALANCE GLOBALLY

09.40


Exploring the changing global supply and demand dynamics of industrial pellets

  • Assessing the key drivers of pellet consumption in Europe – what’s driving demand?
  • Understanding the supply landscape from the US and its future role as the main exporter
  • Exploring changing logistics and opening up new trading routes
  • When do we expect Asia’s industrial pellet capacity to come on stream?
  • The future: What opportunities lie ahead for alternative renewable commodities from biomass?
Laura Tovey-Fall, Editor, Biomass, Argus

10.10 Morning coffee and networking
10.40


LIVE POLLING:
Utility panel discussion: Exploring new consumption and capacity and key market challenges for utilities

  • How is current and future policy driving new consumption?
  • Where do we see current investments?
  • What new consumption do we see from mid to large biomass companies in Japan?
  • Will companies with reduced capacity increase it in the coming months?
  • What is the effect of a lack of demand on liquidity on utility companies?
  • What is the demand for imports of palm kernel shells (PKS) and wood chips?
  • What are the procurement decisions for new sourcing and supply? 
  • How will SBP implementation affect timelines for demand growth?
  • What quality checks need to be in place to meet requirements?
Panellists:
Henry Pease, Biomass Trader, RWE Supply & Trading 
Deborah Keedy, Head of Biomass, Drax 
Fabien Mehu, Head of Biomass Trading, Engie 
Søren Alsing, Head of Fuel, DONG Energy 
Christian Joore, Lead Trader, Vattenfall 
Marco Kim, General Manager, Bio Power Business Division, Hanyang Corporation 

 

PELLET PRICING AND TRADING

11.30
Panel discussion: Overcoming market price risk in an uncertain biomass market

  • Why can companies access the market tomorrow?
  • Improving transparency in pricing to help mitigate price risk
  • Harmonisation of contracts for trading biomass cargoes: to what extent will this work?
  • How can the industry move towards a central contract for trading?
  • What can companies do if prices remain at the spot price?
  • Understanding the concept of financial swap contracts and the market
Moderator:
Freddie Staermose, Business Development, Argus
Panellists: 
Robert Seehawer, Business Development, EEX 
Francois Megret,
Biomass Broker, Tradition Green

12.00
How the physical market is connected to the financially settled futures which EEX is offering

  • How does futures work – how is price determined at the exchange?
  • Understanding how futures work in terms of hedging 
  • Assessing how physical trading is linked to the financially settled futures
  • How to set up a benchmark with price transparency 
Robert Seehawer, Business Development, EEX 
12.30 Networking lunch
 

IMPROVING THE SUPPLY CHAIN AND MANAGING SHIPPING AND LOGISTICS 

14.00

Assessing the outlook on freight rates and the shipping landscape

  • Understanding current and future costs for transportation of biomass
  • Where are freight rates going?
  • Exploring global freight rate and chartering trends to de-risk global activity
  • Looking at different routes to customers
Marc Pauchet, Lead Dry Analyst, Maersk Broker 

 

NATIONAL POLICIES AND SUSTAINABILITY

14.30

Reviewing the winter package and EU strategy to reach targets

  • An update on current proposals and draft for the EU renewables directive
  • Exploring the role of wood pellets in renewable energy
  • Assessing targets to 2030 and the industry’s contribution to cleaner energy
  • How will the EU directive impact the UK due to Brexit?
  • Identifying biomass development across Europe, current use and forecasts of future perspectives
Giulio Volpi, DG Energy, Unit Renewables and Carbon Capture and Storage Policy, European Commission 

15.20
 Afternoon coffee and networking
15.50 Creating a sustainable long term future in Asia and trend towards renewables 
  • Identifying the availability of biomass feedstock and future competition of biomass
  • Creating a new business model using a combination of solar, wind and biomass
  • How are companies revamping their businesses to invest in co-generation 
  • Understanding new government incentives to drive renewable energy across Asia
  • Exploring the new rise in demand from China: what are the new opportunities?
  • Reviewing updates on the Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) scheme in Japan
16.10 Exploring the SBP certification system
  • How many certificates have been issued to date?
  • Where are the current and future geo markets? 
  • What are the volumes of SBP certified material?
  • Establishing an IT platform: The SBP data transfer system 1.0
  • Working collaboratively with stakeholders: SBP’s Governance Transition Process
Carsten Huljus, Chief Executive Officer, SBP
16.40

Government panel discussion: Assessing national strategies to boost biomass as a renewable

  • How will the EU directive or proposal impact the UK trading market?
  • What options are there for countries to align market specifications?
  • How will new sustainability standards in the Netherlands move the biomass industry forward?
  • What is the future of co-generation and utilisation of waste for heat energy?
  • Integration between regions: How will this work?
  • What are the updates on the Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) scheme?
  • What are the next steps for South Korea’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS)?
Giulio Volpi, DG Energy, Unit Renewables and Carbon Capture and Storage Policy, European Commission

17.10 Chairperson's closing remarks

Freddie Staermose, Business Development, Argus
17.20 Close of conference day one
17.20 Networking drinks reception

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MAIN CONFERENCE DAY TWO: THURSDAY 19 APRIL 2018

08.30 Morning registration and networking
09.30 Chairperson's opening remarks 

Freddie Staermose, Business Development, Argus
 

NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE GLOBAL BIOMASS INDUSTRY

09.40 Examining the effect of subsidy standards in Japan and South Korea on biomass demand
  • Exploring supports schemes in Asia and growing consumption of pellets, PKS and wood chips
  • What is the expected demand for biomass based on new support schemes?
  • Understanding any potential risks or shortfalls with subsidy schemes
  • How is Japan evolving in terms of sustainability criteria?
Bill Strauss, President, FutureMetrics 

10.10

Case study: Improving flexibility with co-generation of heat and power

  • What are the benefits of co-generation to improve flexibility?
  • Driving the heat market in Europe through co-generation strategies
  • The importance of having the right interface to add flexibility to processes
  • Investing in new technologies to co-generate heat and power
10.40 Morning coffee and networking
 

EXPLORING THE RENEWABLE HEAT INCENTIVE FOR BOILERS

11.10 Incentives for commercial and domestic boilers and regulatory changes
  • Current policies and regulation in the UK biomass market
  • Understanding new policy updates on the RHI scheme 
  • Assessing various biomass feedstock: how are companies fuelling their boilers?
  • Exploring the different requirements for waste wood, emission certificates and sustainability 
Luke Bailey, Senior Policy Manager, Non-Domestic RHI, Ofgem 
 

NEW TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENTS

11.40 Producing high energy black pellets from waste feedstock
  • Understanding the current feedstock landscape in Russia
  • Creating high energy products that are cost effective and stable
  • Exploring the benefits of black pellet technology
  • Adding sustainability to the entire biomass supply chain
Andrew Belousov, Head of Sales and Marketing Department, Bionet
12.10

Processing advanced black pellets based on new technological developments

  • Adapting the process to improve the cost base
  • Understanding the commercial benefits of processing black pellets against white pellets
  • Looking at the benefits of pellets with a higher energy content
  • Addressing the properties of black pellets for easy storage

12.40 Networking lunch
 

A BIOMASS FUTURE: ALTERNATIVE USES OF BIOMASS TO ENERGY

13.40

Launching the largest project for renewable energy storage in the Nordics based on biomass co-generation

  • Identifying the movement towards renewable energy storage and its benefits
  • Balancing out production from unstable sources including wind and solar
  • Storing energy based on lithium-ion batteries charged by biomass co-generation 
  • Increasing flexibility of the energy markets and ensuring security of supply

 

REVIEWING THE FINANCIAL LANDSCAPE

14.10

How to get funding: Commercialising, structuring and financing biomass projects

  • Growing and developing your business within the biomass industry
  • Exploring the financial landscape to support large and small industry players
  • Understanding what is involved in state approval investigations and overcoming hurdles
  • Case study: Working closely in partnerships with MGT Power to deliver success

14.40 Chairperson's closing remarks

Freddie Staermose, Business Development, Argus
15.00 Close of conference

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