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Attend the Premium Pellets Focus Day to understand the current drivers in the residential and domestic heating market. Learn about current pricing trends, demand due to new regulation, pricing and technological advancements.

PREMIUM PELLETS FOCUS DAY: Tuesday 17 April 2018

 08.30 Morning registration and coffee
 09.30 Chairperson’s opening remarks

Christian Rakos, Chief Executive Officer, proPellets Austria
 

CREATING MORE CERTAINTY IN POLICY

09.40


Keynote speech: Assessing incentives in the EU to encourage market growth in the residential sector

  • Understanding the EU’s ambitions for the premium pellet industry
  • How to work closely with the EU to increase transparency
  • What incentives are there in the heating and domestic market?
  • Helping SMEs evaluate markets in Europe for new opportunities
Christian Rakos, Chief Executive Officer, proPellets Austria
10.10


Exploring the domestic renewable heat incentive (RHI) by 2021

  • Current and future policies and regulation in the UK premium pellet market
  • How the UK vote to leave the EU  will impact production, consumption and trade in the UK
  • Setting legally binding carbon budgets that determine maximum emissions
  • Working closely with Europe and keeping business open
Nina Skorupska, Chief Executive, REA
10.50 Morning coffee and networking
 

GLOBAL SUPPLY AND DEMAND DYNAMICS OF THE PREMIUM PELLET MARKET

 11.20  

Panel discussion: Exploring the current supply and demand market for premium pellets

  • Where do we see growing demand for premium pellets across Europe?
  • How are new regulations incentivising the domestic and commercial markets?
  • Understanding the current market and expectations of new boiler installations 
  • What’s the export potential of pellets from the US?
  • How much premium pellets will be exported from the Baltics and where will they go?
  • Understanding the availability of storage and shipments to support supply  
  • Exploring the shift from truck transport to new shipping routes and cost benefits
  • How can we overcome the main logistical challenges?
Moderator:
Hugues de Cherisey, Secretary General, SNPGB

Panellists:
John Brick, Director, Premium Pellets 
Tiago Andrade, Director, Wood Pellet Services 

12.00


Assessing the role and competitiveness of Russia in the premium pellets market

  • Understanding raw material availability and Russia’s role in the premium pellets industry
  • How much new capacity is coming on stream in Russia and what are project timelines?
  • Exploring the trading and supply market in Russia and Eastern Europe
  • What logistical challenges do traders face and how can these be overcome?
Michael Christensen, Chief Operating Officer, CM Biomass
12.30 Networking lunch
14.00


Case study:
Optimising the premium pellet supply chain in Italy and improving logistics

  • Exploring the current demand for premium pellets in Italy
  • Importing in bulk: what are the hurdles faced?
  • Understanding the benefits of different transportation modes including train versus truck
  • Assessing what infrastructure is needed to improve the efficiency of the supply chain
Filippo Valdata, Trader, Pellet MyFire
 14.30  

Increasing demand for boiler installations in Italy

  • Understanding the politics surrounding the premium pellets market
  • Exploring new demand trends for boiler installations
  • Encouraging sustainable market growth with incentives from governments
The Italian Association of Biomass (AIEL)
 

IDENTIFYING CARBON TAX AS A DRIVER FOR PELLETS

15.00


Exploring carbon tax as a major driver for development of RES and pellets

  • Overview of the carbon market in Europe including ETS and carbon tax
  • Sweden and France cases : history, way it works, effects on RES development, specificities 
  • Understanding how carbon tax incentives are currently driving the development of biomass 
Eric Vial, President, EPC, General Manager, ProPellet France
15.30 Afternoon coffee and networking
16.00


Focused roundtable discussions

Join a table of 10-15 attendees and explore solutions to your number one challenge. Each roundtable is led by an industry thought leader.

Roundtable 1: Premium pellets versus industrial pellets: How the premium pellets market works in conjunction with industrial in light industry pressures
                        Led by: Filippo Valdata, Trader, Pellet MyFire

Roundtable 2: Increasing premium pellet demand: Where will it come from?
                        Led by: Arnold Dale, Vice-President, Bio-Energy, Ekman & Co

Roundtable 3: New boiler installations: Investing in boilers for increased efficiency 
Roundtable 4: Increasing the efficiency of the supply chain: Managing logistics 

16.30  Roundtable leader's conclusions
16.40

Chairperson’s closing remarks

16.50 Close of Premium Pellets Focus Day
17.00 Ice-breaker drinks reception: Shared with attendees of the Wood Chip, Baltics Focus Days and Introductory Workshop

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