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Explore commercial opportunities and assess economic drivers in the Energy from Waste sector

In the context of ever increasing oil prices and political decisions taken in the face of climate change, renewable energy from waste is becoming a more and more attractive option for private sector investors as well as government.

This conference is bringing together experts from finance and academia as well as industry leaders and policy - makers from the UK and continental Europe to share their thoughts on commercial/ monetary opportunities, financing strategies, the market place of the energy from waste sector and the economies of its various technologies. These issues will be addressed with regards to public and private sector use as well as the directives guiding the development of this sector in the UK and beyond. Over two days delegates will have the chance to assess recent developments and possible future scenarios in discussion with influential figures in the energy from waste sector.

Providing excellent networking opportunities, this conference is suitable for all those currently involved in energy from waste projects and wishing to stay abreast of technological developments and related policy debates or those new to the sector.

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Why you should attend:

  • UNDERSTAND the key policies governing the energy from waste sector in the UK and beyond
  • HEAR from leading experts of all aspects of the industry
  • COMPARE AND CONTRAST the economic viability of various technologies
  • UPDATE your knowledge about technical, economic and political developments affecting the energy from waste sector in continental Europe
  • IDENTIFY commercial opportunities in energy from waste 

Key topics covered:

The rise of merchant plants

Procurement and financing energy from waste

Cost effectiveness for local authorities

Economic drivers

The Renewables Obligation Certificate

Directives and the legal framework

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A unique opportunity to learn from industry experts, including......

Tony Grimshaw, Technical Director, Energos

David Barr, Vice President, Environmental Practice, Marsh

Etienne Gabel, Senior Consultant, ICF International

Michael Duggan, Head of Renewables Obligation Team, BERR

Joe Schwager, Managing Director, Juniper Consultancy Services Ltd

JamesTaylor, Senior Associate, Simmons & Simmons

John Twitchen, Managing Director, Sauce Consultancy

Arturo Castillo, Research Associate, Imperial College London

Dane Wilkins, Director, Renewable Energy Team, Ernst & Young

Gaynor Hartnell, Deputy Director, Renewable Energy Association

Nick Balmer, Business Development Manager, Edmund Nuttal

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Gaynor Hartnell

Gaynor Hartnell, Deputy Director, Renewable Energy Association

9:10 OVERVIEW OF THE MARKET PLACE

Joe Schwager

Joe Schwager, Managing Director, Juniper Consultancy Services

  • Contrasting markets in UK, Europe and North America
  • Which technology will win?
  • Value added pathways to new products vs proven solutions
  • Mitigating risk
  • 9:50 THE IMPACT OF THE CARBON MARKET ON ENERGY FROM WASTE

    Chris  Parsons

    Chris Parsons, Vice President, Climate Change Capital

  • The 20:20:20 target of the European Community
  • The interaction between the Renewables and Carbon targets
  • Impact on pricing of power
  • Implications for raising capital.
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 PROPOSED REFORMS FOR THE RENEWABLES OBLIGATION - THEIR IMPACT ON ENERGY FROM WASTE

    Michael Duggan

    Michael Duggan, Head of Renewables Obligation Team, BERR

  • How the RO works to stimulate renewable energy generation
  • What energy from waste technologies are eligible?
  • Measuring the renewables element of energy from waste
  • 11:40 WASTE AND THE RENEWABLES OBLIGATION: AN INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE

    Gaynor Hartnell

    Gaynor Hartnell, Deputy Director, Renewable Energy Association

  • The history of waste and the RO
  • The effect of the RO on incentivising energy from waste technologies
  • Overcoming the difficulty of measuring the biomass fraction of waste
  • Recommendations on improvements
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:50 THE ROLE OF ENERGY FROM BIOFULES IN MEETING EUROPEAN RENEWABLE TARGETS

    Etienne Gabel

    Etienne Gabel, Director, ICF International

  • Competitiveness of biofuel-fired generators versus other renewable and conventional units
  • Impacts of feed-in tariffs, renewable certificate trading and other incentives in biofuel developments
  • Limitations in biofuel supply and environmental benefits
  • Possible future role of energy from biofules in meeting the EU renewable targets
  • 14:30 PANEL DISCUSSION: HOW CAN THE MARKET BE BETTER INCENTIVISED?

    Gaynor Hartnell

    Gaynor Hartnell, Deputy Director, Renewable Energy Association

    Michael Duggan

    Michael Duggan, Head of Renewables Obligation Team, BERR

    Etienne Gabel

    Etienne Gabel, Director, ICF International

    Tony Grimshaw

    Tony Grimshaw, Technical Director, Energos

    15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 IMPLEMENTING A RESIDUAL WASTE TREATMENT STRATEGY FOR NORTHUMBERLAND

    Paul Jones

    Paul Jones, Head of Waste Management , Northumberland County Council

  • Strategy development
  • The preferred solution in the Outline Business Case
  • Issues arising during procurement
  • Reasons for selecting Energy from Waste as the preferred solution.
  • Progress in implementing the EfW solution.
  • The preferred solution in the Outline Business Case
  • Issues arising during procurement
  • Reasons for selecting Energy from Waste as the preferred solution.
  • Progress in implementing the EfW solution.
  • 16:10 THE RISE OF MERCHANT PLANTS

    Tony Grimshaw

    Tony Grimshaw, Technical Director, Energos

  • Merchant plants - a developers perspective
  • Key challenges
  • Bankability - technologies, fuel and take-off contracts
  • Risk Management
  • 16:50 E-f-W FUNDING ISSUES

    Andrew Hartley

    Andrew Hartley, Head of Infrastructure, Bank of Ireland

  • Economics of merchant plants vs WDA Contracted plants
  • Lenders appetite for merchant risk
  • Funders views of technology risk
  • EfW construction risks – lessons learnt to date
  • 17:30 Chair's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Gaynor Hartnell

    Gaynor Hartnell, Deputy Director, Renewable Energy Association

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    James Taylor

    James Taylor, Senior Associate, Simmons & Simmons

    9:10 LEGAL ISSUES FACING ENERGY FROM WASTE

    Ann-Marie Davies

    Ann-Marie Davies, Associate, Simmons & Simmons

  • the competitive dialogue process
  • waste classification
  • incentive regimes
  • 9:50 CONTRACTUAL EXPERIENCE TO DATE

    Nick Balmer

    Nick Balmer, Business Development Manager, Edmund Nuttall Ltd

  • Balance between risk and reward
  • Contractual challenges
  • Distributed Power and the contracts for the future
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 UK AND CONTINENTAL EUROPE IN COMPARISON

    Arturo Castillo-Castillo

    Arturo Castillo-Castillo, Research Associate, Imperial Centre for Energy Policy and Technology, Imperial College London

  • Waste resource to energy in the UK and Austria
  • Carrots from sticks: market instruments plus regulation
  • Policy design in Scandinavia and the UK: the thermal treatment case
  • 11:40 MANAGING RISK IN EFW PROJECTS FROM AN INVESTOR'S PERSPECTIVE

    Dane Wilkins

    Dane Wilkins, Director, Renewable Energy Team, Ernst & Young Llp

    • Project Risk in the EfW Sector from an investor's perspective.
    • Raising debt and equity finance for an EfW project?  Which types of investors are interested?
    • Typical risk mitigation techniques required prior to funding commitment.

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 ENVIRONMENTAL RISK MANAGEMENT OPTIONS

    David Barr

    David Barr, Vice President, Marsh Ltd

  • Potential environmental risks in Energy from Waste projects
  • Environmental risk management options
  • The role of insurance in managing environmental risks
  • 14:30 PUBLIC PERCEPTION AND PLANNING

    John Twitchen

    John Twitchen , Director, Sauce Consultancy

  • How to engage the public in planning and development
  • Communicating climate change policy and waste management technology
  • The role of consultation and community involvement in delivering new infrastructure
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 MANAGING THE RISK OF HIGH OIL PRICES IN THE CONTEXT OF ENERGY FROM WASTE - A CASE STUDY FROM SHEFFIELD

    Gillian Charters

    Gillian Charters, Head of Waste Management, Sheffield City Council

  • What technology is used for Sheffield County?
  • How does Sheffield County Council manage risk?
  • What are the results?
  • 16:20 RISK IMPLICATIONS FOR CHP SCHEMES

    Paul Carey

    Paul Carey, Managing Director, MVV Environment Ltd

  • What types of CHP schemes are there?
  • Risks associated with CHP
  • Mitigation and management
  • 17:00 Chair's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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