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Energy from Waste


19th and 20th September 2011

Chairmans welcome:  "Welcome to SMi's 2011 Energy from Waste conference. A lot has happened over the last twelve months, all apparently pointing in the right direction and sending the right signals... over the two days we will hear from some of the industry's leading players - and of course from our delegates"

Currently the UK relies upon and consumes natural resources and non-renewable fuel at  an unsustainable rate. Each year over 80 millions tonnes of waste are produced placing increasing pressure on the environment, at a cost to consumers and businesses alike.

As a result Energy from Waste has seen significant growth potential in recent years as the demand for renewable sources of energy remains high on the agenda of government policies and legislation. With growing government support, climate change targets and the movement towards a zero waste economy, demand and potential is greater than ever in this industry sector.

The conference will focus on current developments, technologies, strategies, and the opportunities & challenges facing the industry sector now and in the future, through a mixture of case studies and presentations from leading experts.

With the much anticipated 2011 Waste Strategy Review highlighting the path towards a low carbon England, discover the role of Energy from Waste will play on future waste policies in the private and public sector.



 The conference will cover;
  • How regulations and policies are shaping the industry
  • Managing and treating waste for energy
  • Valuing the energy buried in landfill
  • Food, energy and profit from wasted resources
  • Project developments and challenges
  • Technology update
  • The role of Energy from Waste in meeting renewable energy targets
  • Implications of Localism Bill on Energy from Waste
  • On farm anaerobic digestion
  • Treating and recycling waste to help manage a carbon economy
  • Prospects and challenges from waste in the UK
  • Case studies include: Norfolk Waste PFI Project, The Merseyside and Halton Waste PFI project, North London Waste Authority use of Energy from Waste, and Taking the heat out of PFI - A case study on CHP



  • Assistant Manager
  • Business Development Manager
  • Chairman
  • Chemistry Professor
  • Chief Investment Officer
  • Commercial Director
  • Commercial Manager Energy
  • Contract Development Manager
  • Energy from Waste Technology Managers
  • Heads of Renewable Energy
  • Heads of Sustainable Development
  • Managing Directors
  • Heads of Strategic Developments
  • Heads of New Project Developments
  • Alternative Energy Advisors
  • Investment Analysts
  • Commercial Managers
  • Heads of Waste Management
  • Heads of Supply Chain Management
  • Fuel Use Officer
  • HSE Manager
  • Manager
  • Project Director, Residual Waste Service
  • Regional Account Manager
  • Sales & Business Development Manager
  • Technical Director

       2010's Energy from Waste delegate breakdown



Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

John Twitchen

John Twitchen, Managing Director, Sauce Consultancy

9:10 How Regulations and Policies are Shaping the Energy from Waste Industry

Jean-Pascal  Boutin

Jean-Pascal Boutin, Partner, Eversheds

  • Changes made
  • Challenges being faced
  • Future developments
  • 9:50 Using Gases Derived from Waste to Produce Energy

    Alex Marshall

    Alex Marshall, Group Marketing Manager, Clarke Energy Ltd

  • Biogas derived from waste and sewage
  • Wood gas derived from wastes
  • Management and treatment of waste and syngas
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Biomethane injection into the grid: RHI Opportunities to the waste treatment sector

    Eberhart Wusterhaus  Gomez

    Eberhart Wusterhaus Gomez, International Business Biogas, Schmack CARBOTECH GmbH

  • Biogas as an important energy source
  • Biogas cleaning and upgrading process
  • Examples and experiences  in the biogas upgrading industry
  • 11:40 Outputs from ETI's 18 month 1.5 million Energy from Waste Project

    Matthew Barton

    Matthew Barton, Programme Manager, Energy Technologies Institute

  • Detailed analysis of characterisation and mapping of UK waste for technology assessment and economic analysis
  • Assessment of available energy from waste technologies for the whole energy value chain
  • Indications of combinations of technologies for development and filling the gaps in the value chain
  • Clear UK benerfits case for development and deployment of identified technologies
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Case Study: The Merseyside and Halton Waste PFI project

    Carl Beer

    Carl Beer, Director, Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority

    • The Merseyside and Halton Partnership and the process
    • Novel aspects of the project and how they have been addressed
    • Facing the future – the link to the Joint Waste Strategy and Contract Management
    • Key learning points

    13:50 Valuing the Energy Buried in Landfills

    Robert Gregory

    Robert Gregory, Principle, Golder Associates (UK) Ltd

  • What constitutes a Landfill Gas Resource?
  • Revenues from CDM and Power Purchase Agreements
  • The Impact of Landfill Diversion Targets, Recycling Strategies, and Zero Waste Policies
  • The Impact of the Global Recession
  • The Future, in the UK and Globally
  • 14:30 Food, Energy and Profit from Wasted Resources

    Peter Jones

    Peter Jones, Waste Sector Expert, London Waste and Recycling Board

  • Land fill Diversion Program
  • Investment Profile in Waste Technology
  • Zero Waste Economy
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Case Study: Norfolk Waste PFI Project

    Joel  Hull

    Joel Hull, Project Director, Residual Waste Service, Norfolk County Council

  • Project overview
  • Managing Efw projects
  • Supply chain challenges and procurement
  • 16:20 Case Study: North London Waste Authority use of Energy from Waste

    Ursula Taylor

    Ursula Taylor, Deptuty director of procurement, North London Waste Authority

    •        Forms of energy from waste
    •        Uses, proposed and potential, of the energy
    •        Financial issues/benefits

    17:00 Some of the Latest Technologies Being Applied

    Kevin Willerton

    Kevin Willerton, VP, Strategic Alliances and Business Development, Alter NRG

  • Biomass or Oil Sludge
  • Gasification Processes
  • Syngas
  • 17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    John Twitchen

    John Twitchen, Managing Director, Sauce Consultancy

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    John Twitchen

    John Twitchen, Managing Director, Sauce Consultancy

    9:10 Combined Heat and Power Will Renewables Heat Incentive Deliver Energy from Waste/CHP in the UK?

    Jean-Claude Sartenaer

    Jean-Claude Sartenaer, Project Director, Sita UK

  • Potential applications of EfW CHP
  • EfW CHP in UK and elsewhere
  • Has the Renewable Obligation helped deliver EfW CHP in the UK?
  • Will Renewable Heat Incentive deliver it?
  • 9:50 Taking the heat out of PFI - A case study on CHP

    Paul Carey

    Paul Carey, Director, MVV Environment Ltd

  • The bidding and development process for high efficency CHP projects
  • Complexities arising from CHP
  • Risks and rewards
  • 10:30 The Role of Energy from Waste in Meeting Renewable Energy Targets

    Nigel Proctor

    Nigel Proctor, Partner Infastructure, Projects & Energy Team, Addleshaw Goddard

  • Prospects and infrastructure developments        
  • Investments and acquisitions
  • Energy from Waste prospects
  • 11:10 Morning Coffee

    11:40 Insights: Developing Commercial Renewably Energy Plants

    Peter Conway

    Peter Conway, Director, Gaia Power

  • Investments and project developments
  • Current strategic developments
  • Managing operations
  • 12:20 Assessing the current climate for UK Energy from Waste project developments with insights from Europe

    Paul James

    Paul James, UK Project Development Director, Ramboll UK

  • UK outlook
  • Developments and challenges
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Implications of Localism Bill on Energy from Waste

    John Twitchen

    John Twitchen, Managing Director, Sauce Consultancy

  • Changing energy industry
  • Local planning issues
  • Increasingly important role of community engagement and consultation
  • 14:40 On Farm Anarobic Digestion

    Bill Chubb

    Bill Chubb, Director, Renergy Biogas Limited

    • Sustaining the supply of bio-waste
    • Project planning from a technology provider’s perspective
    • Maximising output from Anaerobic Digestion processes

    15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 Community sized energy plant - Case study East London

    Ralf  Trottnow

    Ralf Trottnow, Director, Biossence

    - Gasification plants in the general energy generation mix
    - Impact on planning issues
    - Financing community-sized facilities
    - Passing benefits back to the community.

    16:15 Insights: Prospects and Challenges for Energy from Waste in the UK

    Christopher Maltin

    Christopher Maltin, Chairman, Organic Power

  • Market opportunities
  • Incineration, gasification and anaerobic digestion
  • Barriers and Challenges
  • Attitudes of the public and industry
  • Project funding and development
  • 16:55 Where should we build our digesters?

    Phil Metcalfe

    Phil Metcalfe, Head of Waste, ADAS

    • Quantifying feedstock from commercial food industry, municipal waste  and agricultural resources.
    • Use of GIS to define catchments of higher availability of feedstock.
    • Planning and Permitting
    • Economic scale and mix of  feedstock gate fees, energy crop costs and agricultural wastes
    • Recycling digestate to land, markets, benefits and constraints

    17:25 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    John Twitchen

    John Twitchen, Managing Director, Sauce Consultancy


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    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.




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