Building a world class AD industry

One Great George Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3AA
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09.00 - 09.30
Exhibition and registration
09.30 - 09.45
Building a world class AD industry: ADBA’s Strategy


As the UK AD market enters a challenging period of growth due to recent government decisions, ADBA’s Chief Executive will focus on the long-term drivers of AD – recycling, baseload electricity, gas, transport fuel, heat, biofertiliser, carbon abatement and the potential for higher value bioproducts – creating huge global opportunities for a competitive AD industry. Using ADBA’s latest market report, Charlotte will outline the opportunity for the AD industry to build on performance to date to drive the development of a world beating competitive industry delivering more value than any other energy source.
Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive, ADBA
09.45 - 09.50
Sponsor’s address – Edina
Ian Farr, Head of Sales - Biogas, Edina Group
09.50 - 10.25
Analysing current UK energy policy: will tariff reductions hurt the UK’s long term goals?
The former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne, and Senior Policy Advisor for Green Alliance, Amy Mount, will discuss how the Conservative government’s focus on reducing direct subsidies to renewable energy technologies will impact the UK’s ability to meet climate change, recycling and renewable heat and transport targets following the energy policy ”reset” launched by DECC in November. The session will seek to outline the changing face of UK energy policy in light of the recent Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant decision, and feed in to the wider discussion: how the industry can develop a new self-sufficient strategy for AD as a low carbon baseload energy source and continue to build a world class industry.
Chris Huhne, Strategic Advisor, ADBA
  Amy Mount, Senior Policy Advisor, Green Alliance
  Questions and comments from the floor
10.25 - 11.10 A new strategy for AD: where can AD make the biggest contribution from now to 2050?
This session will assess the options and pathways for AD that will deliver maximum value to the UK between now and 2050, and how these might change over time as decarbonisation takes place. Those pathways will reflect all of AD’s benefits – including its contribution to sustainable farming. Building consensus on AD’s future role will be critical to receiving government support, and therefore ultimately, the investment needed both to continue to build the industry and the national grids. 
Chair: Chris Huhne, Strategic Advisor, ADBA
Matt Hindle, Head of Policy, ADBA
Tony Day, Director, Low Carbon Gas
David Hurren, Business Unit Manager, Air Liquide UK
Brian Robinson, Programme Manager (Freight), Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership
Questions and comments from the floor
11.10 - 11.40 Exhibition and coffee break
11.40 - 13.00 Resource and waste strategies in the UK: best practice and streamlining services
  Devolved governments across the UK are taking different approaches to food waste collections, which has clear implications for the anaerobic digestion sector. As the impact of Scotland’s Waste Regulations, the Welsh Government’s “Towards Zero Waste” strategy and Northern Ireland’s Food Waste Regulations become clearer, what lessons are there to be learned for England? This keynote panel will take an in-depth look at how the UK can improve best practice to maximise feedstock supply for AD, assess the impact this could have on the different pathways for supporting future growth in the AD sector, and give an account of how different sectors of the waste and resource industry are working together to deliver new approaches to collections. 
Chair: Steve Lee, Chief Executive Officer, The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)
Opening remarks by the Chair followed by keynote presentations
11.45 - 11.55
What role will separate food waste collections have in maximising the circular economy?
  Ray Georgeson MBE, Chief Executive, Resource Association
11.55 - 12.05
Developing a food waste action plan and streamlining collection systems
  Dr Richard Swannell, Director of Sustainable Food Systems, Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP)
12.05 - 12.15
The view from Scotland
  Gabriella Pieraccini, Head of Zero Waste, Scottish Government
12.15 - 12.25
The view from Wales
  Taliesin Maynard, Programme Director, Environment, Welsh Government
12.25 - 12.35
The view from local authorities
  Lee Marshall, Chief Executive, The Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC)
12.35 - 12.45
Case study: the practicalities of food waste collection
  Bill Griffiths, National Organics Manager, Viridor
12.45 - 13.00 Questions and comments from the floor as a panel
13.00 - 14.00 Exhibition and lunch
14.00 - 14.15 The Committee on Climate Change – The 5th Carbon Budget
  Matthew Bell, Chief Executive, TheCommittee on Climate Change (CCC)
14.15 - 15.15 Breakout session 1: How quickly can we get to a zero direct subsidy world? 
  In any strategy for AD’s place in the UK’s energy policy, direct subsidy is likely to reduce over time. For ADBA to develop pathways for future support, in addition to a clear case for what the industry can deliver to the UK over time, we also need to demonstrate a trajectory to reduce cost to government. Panellists will discuss options for reducing the level of subsidy, including technological options, new finance structures and other opportunities.
Chair: Chris Huhne, Strategic Advisor, ADBA
Ollie More, Market Analyst, ADBA
Philip Kent, Director, Foresight Group
Richard Barker, Adviser and Investment Committee Member, Iona Capital 
James Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer, Biowatt
Bill Elliott, Owner, Best Organic Solutions
Questions and comments from the floor
14.15 - 15.15 Breakout session 2: Biomethane after the spending review: where next?
  Biomethane has taken off under the RHI, with 40 plants already on the scheme and delivering indigenous green gas. With government announcing last week that the RHI will be maintained for the remainder of this Parliament, ADBA’s National Conference will offer the first chance for the industry to analyse and discuss the potential ramifications and identify next steps for the industry. Despite recognition of the role which biomethane can play in the decarbonisation of the UK’s heavy goods vehicles, and a growing market for gas vehicles, biomethane is still not well supported by the RTFO – panellists will discuss whether this will change, and what implications that would have for biomethane producers.
Chair: Andrew Whittles, Managing Director, Low Emission Strategies
Matt Hindle, Head of Policy, ADBA
Richard Lowes, Policy Manager, Scotia Gas Network (SGN)
Jonathan Hood, Senior Policy Advisor - Low Carbon Fuels, Department of Transport (DfT)
Steve Harding, Senior Asset Manager - Distribution Systems Management, Wales & West Utilities
Questions and comments from the floor
15.00 - 15.30 Exhibition and coffee break
15.30 - 15.45 The future role of on-farm AD
  Neil Parish MP, Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Select Committee
15.45 - 16.35 Breakout session 3: Stopping the rot – the role of AD in building farming resilience
  For the first time in living memory, there are fewer than 10,000 dairy farmers in the UK; less than half those in 2002. In order to survive, UK farmers need to diversify and AD is the perfect technology to complement and integrate into sustainable farming businesses. Led by Neil Parish MP, Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Select Committee, this session will outline how AD can improve the economic viability of farming, as well as enhance soil fertility and domestic food production by returning essential nutrients and organic matter back to land through digestate – helping combat soil degradation costing the UK £1.4bn per year – offer better management of farm wastes, manures and slurries, thus contributing to the entire AD industry’s efforts to reduce UK GHG emissions by 4%. Currently the industry only gets financial recognition for its renewable energy. Whether as a vehicle fuel, an on-site source of heat and electricity, a replacement for expensive fertilisers, or as an integral technology to farming resilience, delegates will learn how policy can be developed which reflects all of AD’s benefits to farming and keep British farmers farming for generations to come.
Chair: Neil Parish MP, Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Select Committee
George Gittus, Suffolk County Chairman, NFU and ADBA Board Member
Tom Beeley, Renewable Energy and Climate Change Advisor, Country Land & Business Association (CLA
Innes McEwan, Director of Farming, Future Biogas
Dr Stephen Wise, Principal Consultant – Resource Efficiency and Waste Management, Ricardo AEA
Questions and comments from the floor
16.35 - 17.30 Breakout session 4: Is digestate use and the development of bioresources the key to AD’s future? 
  AD’s growth since 2010 has been driven by renewable energy incentives, but the true value of digestate has not yet been realised. As the industry looks to develop pathways for future growth, this panel will consider whether markets, technology and regulation will drive changes which increase revenue and reduce risks for operators. It will draw on the expertise of practitioners involved in the digestate markets, and those who have been involved in the development of current and future regulation, including the progress of European Commission proposals on changes to ‘end of waste’ criteria. Looking forward, it will consider what role research and innovation will play in developing new markets for bioresources from digestate.
  Chair: Dr David Tompkins, Bioresources Development Manager, Aqua Enviro
Nina Sweet OBE, Special Advisor – Organics, Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP)
Mark Richmond, Technical Director, Renewables & Low Carbon, WRM
David Herbert, Sales Agent, NEWeco-tec
Peter Winter, Principal Research Engineer - Sludge & Energy Innovation, Thames Water Utilities
Deborah Jones, Head of Business Development, Fera Science (co-presented by PROjEN)
Questions and comments from the floor
17.30 - 19.00 Drinks reception - Sponsored by Somerset Engineering Quality & Precision Logistics (SEQPL)