SMi's 6th annual conference on Energy from Waste will provide attendees with a complete view of the field. Focusing on policy and market updates, project deliverability, finance and investment, technological developments and the renewable heat incentive this informative event will bring together key leaders in the field to provide attendees with an in-depth look into current status of Energy from Waste.

This event will present itself as the perfect forum for learning about new advances in the field, presenting attendees with the latest information from technical and market updates in this fast increasing sector. SMi's 6th annual conference will explore the market and provide the perfect platform for attendees to discuss current issues, technologies and innovations in Energy from Waste.

With senior industry representatives presenting on their own experiences and referring to case studies, success stories and failures, this event promises to be a unique forum for networking, sharing ideas and developing partnerships with key professionals in the Energy from Waste industry. .

The conference will be a fantastic opportunity for companies within the industry to talk to leading experts who are currently developing Energy from Waste projects. This is a unique opportunity to hear about Energy from Waste expressed from the view of companies currently developing and looking to explore into the renewable energy market. From across the UK and Europe the diversity of companies and their current level within Energy from Waste will give a broad spectrum of ideas and opinions. This event promises to be a unique platform for networking and problem solving.

• Learn about and consider the issues expressed from the views of Energy from Waste operators
Discuss methods and strategies for successful EfW projects
Understand how to secure investments
Analyse the current status of the EfW market and what the future holds
Evaluate manufacturing and commercial challenges transferring
Develop ideas to decrease risk, ensuring a sustainable future
• Network with key industry professionals from across the globe

• Managing Director
• Operations Manager
• Project Manager
• Senior Commercial Manager
• Technology Opportunity Manager
• Chief Consultant
• Development Manager
• Director Business Development
• Director of Environmental Services
• Field Marketing Manager
• Finance Director
• Head of Commercial Group
• Head of Proposal
• M&A adviser
• Manager - Operations
• Manager, International Sales

Adnams Plc; Air Products; Air Products Plc; Bayern LB; Bioenergy International; Biossence; Bridges Ventures; Buckinghamshire County Council; Calderys Refractory Solutions; CEL International Ltd; City of Westminster; Combined Heat And Power Association; Cory Environmental Ltd; Cranfield University; Darley & Associates; Department of Energy and Climate Change, UK; Ener G Plc; Environmental Services Association; Ernst & Young; Ethanol - Jobs Com; Eversheds; Gaia Power; Golder Associates (UK) Ltd; Greater London Authority ; Greater Manchester Waste Disposal; Green Gas UK; Impetus Waste Management Ltd; Local Partnerships; Macquarie Bank Limited; MAN Diesel & Turbo UK Ltd; MVV Environment Ltd; NNFCC; Norfolk County Council; North London Waste Authority; Organic Power Developments; Oxford City Council; Pinsent Masons; Plymouth City Council; Renewable Power Association; Sauce Consultancy; Sener, Ingenieria y Sistemas, S.A.; Singleton Birch Ltd; SITA UK; SLR Consulting LTD; SMBC Europe Division; Staffordshire County Council; Tata Chemicals; University of Greenwich; US Central Command (CCCA); Usitall; Viridor ; Walker Morris Solicitors; Westinghouse Plasma Corporation; World Energy Council; WRG;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

John Twitchen

John Twitchen, Executive Director, Copper Consultancy

9:10 Renewable CHP potential and fiscal benefits

Mahmoud Abu-Ebid

Mahmoud Abu-Ebid, Chief Consultant , Ricardo-AEA

• The potential for renewable CHP.
• Role of CHP EfW in the decarbonisation of heat supply
• Maximising fiscal benefits (RHI;RO)
• Overview of CHPQA and certification requirement

9:50 Taking the Heat out of Energy from Waste

Paul Carey

Paul Carey, Director, MVV Environment Ltd

• Practical application of CHP in energy from waste schemes
• Consequences of the recent CHPQA rules changes
• Examples of success and failure
• What the Government should do/not do next

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 London’s first EfW district heating scheme

Barrie Hargrove

Barrie Hargrove, , London Borough of Southwark

• Background of the project – why we did it
• Turning aspiration into reality
• Technical details of the scheme
• Progress and next steps

11:40 Reducing the climate change impact of London’s waste management

Andrew Richmond

Andrew Richmond, Policy and Programme Manager , Greater London Authority

• Outline of the Mayor's Municipal Waste Management Strategy
• Developing an CO2 eq emissions performance standard (EPS) or London's municipal waste management
• Developing a Co2 eq emissions performance for energy generated from waste
• Carbon-based measures vs weight-based recycling targets

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:20 Generating Income Through Investment in Energy

Didar Dhillon

Didar Dhillon, Senior Associate, Pinsent Masons

 •  Case Study: Peterborough Council – EfW Project and Blue Sky ESCo

                                             i.            Drivers for the Project
                                            ii.            Commercial and technical viability of a smaller plant
                                          iii.            Optimising vfm and revenue generation – managing the energy portfolio throughBlue Sky ESCo
                                          iv.            Wider benefits of Blue Sky ESCo
                                            v.            Lessons learnt – model for others?
• Do nothing is not an option - credible alternative to merchant plants?
• Cuts, cuts and further cuts ... need to generate income and invest to save
• Where are the opportunities?


14:00 Funding Energy from Waste Projects

Ben Sheppard

Ben Sheppard, Partner, Walker Morris Solicitors

• Conditions for securing project finance
• Project finance contract structures in EfW
• Key issues for funding EfW projects

14:40 Afternoon Tea

15:10 Talking to the many, not the few

• Changes to national and local planning law make engagement and consultation even more critical to delivering development projects
• Many projects become entrenched and do not reach out to the “silent majority” and hear the broader perspective on issues that can be influenced
• This session will explore how to focus debate around the critical issues that can be influenced on critical energy infrastructure projects


John Twitchen

John Twitchen, Executive Director, Copper Consultancy

15:50 Waste to Resources- What is the realistic Contribution to the Energy Gap in the UK?

Keith Riley

Keith Riley, Non Executive Director , Waste2Tricity

• Current dynamics in Carbon Based Waste Management
• The Market shift from Gate fee to Process Incomes
• Drivers for Efficient Technologies in sitting and Operations
• The  Energy Market Context in a Global Supply Chain

16:30 Feedstock myth, technology myth, The legend of EFW

Stuart  Hayward-Higham

Stuart Hayward-Higham, Technical Director, SITA UK

• MSW+C&I waste feedstock, volumes, contracts, capacities, regional + national, impact of RDF
• Mass Burn, residual, efficiency,
• Drive to maximise usable energy recovery
• Cutting out the noise and getting on with the Job of developing facilities

17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

John Twitchen

John Twitchen, Executive Director, Copper Consultancy

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

John Twitchen

John Twitchen, Executive Director, Copper Consultancy

9:10 Regulatory environment and the investment opportunities in Waste-to-energy projects

• Session details to be announced

Kostadin Sirleshtov

Kostadin Sirleshtov, Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna LLP

Harvinder Deol

Harvinder Deol, Senior Associate - Infrastructure and Project Finance , CMS Cameron McKenna LLP

9:50 Sustainable Energy Recovery from Sewage Sludge in the UK

Nick  Mills

Nick Mills, Sludge & Energy Innovation Manager, Thames Water Plc

• UK Wastewater industry
• History of energy recovery from sewage sludge
• Current industry performance and potential in the UK
• Future of energy recovery from sewage sludge

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:20 Policy to practice: delivering Wales' national waste infrastructure programme

Taliesin Maynard

Taliesin Maynard, Programme Director, Environment, Welsh Government

• Aims of the programme to implement the national strategy, Towards Zero Waste, and help address the affordability of sustainable waste infrastructure in Wales
• How the design and development of the procurement model has proved the key to meet ambitious environmental targets, while delivering multi-million pound savings
• Challenges of managing a national infrastructure programme, in an economy with an ever increasing focus on maximising value from programmes and investments
• Programme reflections and current status

12:00 Greensky - Turning residual waste into valuable aviation fuel

Leigh Hudson

Leigh Hudson, Biofuels Manager, British Airways Plc

• The climate change challenge for the aviation sector
• Sustainable fuels for aviation
• Greensky - about the project
• Future potential - wastes and residues

12:40 Networking Lunch

13:40 Monitoring the renewable energy content of mixed wastes and waste-derived fuels

Stuart Wagland

Stuart Wagland, Lecturer in Renewable Energy from Waste, School of Applied Sciences, Cranfield University

• New techniques have been considered for monitoring the renewable energy potential of mixed wastes;
• A methods developed by Cranfield University and the National Physical Laboratory [NPL] have shown potential, and are currently undergoing further development;
• The image analysis tool developed by Cranfield University has been applied to Solid Recovered Fuel [SRF].  The aim of this approach is to certify the SRF prior to leaving the waste treatment facility to enhance end-user confidence.
• This presentation will outline the work to date, the importance of further development and discuss the next stages

14:20 SRF: A value proposition

Ian Goodfellow

Ian Goodfellow, Independant Consultant & Former Managing Director, Shanks Waste Management

• SRF a waste or a product?
• Substitution rates and growth of use.
• SRF enhances efw performance

15:00 Afternoon Tea

15:30 The future role of Energy from Waste

• Current waste treatment arrangements
• Treatment contract procurement post 2017
• The challenges we face
• Priorities , industry developments and questions to answer
• UK based EfW vs export based EfW; views of a Local Authority

Jarno Stet

Jarno Stet, Waste Services Manager, City of Westminster

Raymond  ter Haar

Raymond ter Haar , Sales Manager, Twence B.V.

16:10 Development/Planning Services- Views from the public sector

Alan Hartridge

Alan Hartridge, Development Coordinator, Plymouth City Council

• Identifying sites to meet sub-regional needs of the Waste Disposal Authorities.
• The planning application process –relations with the applicants, the commissioning WDAs the consultees, neighbours and community bodies. 
• The planning application determination stage -– councillor concerns, interests and involvement and the need for sound conditions and justified planning obligations to mitigate impacts.
• Construction and operation stages –monitoring development and securing delivery of  the required planning conditions and obligations


16:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

John Twitchen

John Twitchen, Executive Director, Copper Consultancy



Barrie Hargrove

Barrie Hargrove

, London Borough of Southwark
Stuart  Hayward-Higham

Stuart Hayward-Higham

Technical Director, SITA UK

Alan Hartridge

Development Coordinator, Plymouth City Council
Alan Hartridge

Andrew Richmond

Policy and Programme Manager , Greater London Authority
Andrew Richmond

Barrie Hargrove

, London Borough of Southwark
Barrie Hargrove

Ben Sheppard

Partner, Walker Morris Solicitors
Ben Sheppard

Didar Dhillon

Senior Associate, Pinsent Masons
Didar Dhillon

Harvinder Deol

Senior Associate - Infrastructure and Project Finance , CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
Harvinder Deol

Ian Goodfellow

Independant Consultant & Former Managing Director, Shanks Waste Management
Ian Goodfellow

Jarno Stet

Waste Services Manager, City of Westminster
Jarno Stet

John Twitchen

Executive Director, Copper Consultancy
John Twitchen

Keith Riley

Non Executive Director , Waste2Tricity
Keith Riley

Kostadin Sirleshtov

Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
Kostadin Sirleshtov

Leigh Hudson

Biofuels Manager, British Airways Plc
Leigh Hudson

Mahmoud Abu-Ebid

Chief Consultant , Ricardo-AEA
Mahmoud Abu-Ebid

Neeraj Kaushal

Advanced Biofuels Demonstration Competition, Project Manager, Department For Transport
Neeraj Kaushal

Nick Mills

Sludge & Energy Innovation Manager, Thames Water Plc
Nick  Mills

Paul Carey

Director, MVV Environment Ltd
Paul Carey

Raymond ter Haar

Sales Manager, Twence B.V.
Raymond  ter Haar

Shelley De Souza

Senior Manager, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Shelley De Souza

Stuart Hayward-Higham

Technical Director, SITA UK
Stuart  Hayward-Higham

Stuart Wagland

Lecturer in Renewable Energy from Waste, School of Applied Sciences, Cranfield University
Stuart Wagland

Taliesin Maynard

Programme Director, Environment, Welsh Government
Taliesin Maynard


Getting Consent for Infrastructure Projects

Getting Consent for Infrastructure Projects

Holiday Inn Kensington High Street
24th September 2013
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