18 April - 20 April 2023
London, UK

Argus Biomass Conference

  • 8:30
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  • Registration opens
  • 9:25
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  • 9:30
  • Producer's address Bhuvam Patel - Conference Producer, Argus
  • 9:30
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  • 9:35
  • Chairperson's opening remarks Freddie Staermose - VP Generation Fuels and Dry Bulks, Argus
  • 9:35
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  • 9:45
  • Opening keynote
  • 9:45
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  • 10:30
  • Argus Industry Outlook: Key movements in current markets and a step into the future of biomass Erisa Senerdem, Biomass Editor, Argus - Jan Schurch, Senior Consulting Analyst, Argus
• The current key movers in the procurement of pellets and new industrial applications
• Heating and electricity issues arising in the winter and the role of biomass to help mitigate these issues
• Growing markets beyond Europe could increase relationships with Asia and South America

 


 

  • 10:30
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  • 11:30
  • Great Britain’s great reliance on biomass: where is the British energy mix heading? - UK Pellet Council, LC Energy

• How is the UK’s biomass policy different from the EU?
• Is the UK following suit to REDIII? Is it sustainable?
• Exploring the role of biomass in the British energy mix

 

Moderator:
Freddie Staermose, VP Generation and Dry Bulks, Argus

Confirmed Speakers:
Mark Lebus, Managing Director, LC energy
Matt Goodwin, Director, UK Pellet Council


  • 11:30
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  • 12:00
  • Morning Break Key presentations in the innovation hub - Location: Expo Stage
  • 12:00
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  • 12:30
  • Tackling the Nordic utility crunch: how has the hard winter in Europe affected global biomass supply? CM Biomass
• How have the Nordics tackled a challenging 2022 winter?
• Will there be prospects for future trade of biomass beyond Europe?
• Discussing the ripple effect of the supply crunch on creating new opportunities for trade

Confirmed Speakers:
Michael Christensen, COO, CM Biomass
  • 12:30
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  • 13:00
  • How have price fluctuations in South Europe affected the market environment and demands in the region? Generandi, Wood Pellet Services
• To what extent was European policy affecting biomass trade in Europe
• Will Southern Europe seek new procurement strategies in 2023?

Confirmed Speakers:

Daniel Madrid, Trading Manager, Generandi
Tiago Andrade, Director, WPS
  • 13:00
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  • 14:30
  • Lunch
  • 14:30
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  • 15:00
  • How is Asia gearing up for a growing demand for biomass feedstocks? Mitsubishi, CM Biomass
• How is Asia tackling the global crunch against pellet supply?
• Key trade regions inspiring growth in Asia
• Analysing new technological implications on the black pellet market

Confirmed Speakers:

Yuta Inada, Head New Power Generation Fuels Business Dept. & Business Creation & Digital Strategy Unit, Mitsubishi

Mads Thomsen
, Portfolio Manager, CM Biomass
  • 15:00
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  • 16:30
  • Argus Roundtable sessions and summary Sessions end at 16:00 and will be followed by 30min summaries on mainstage
1. Trade and Freight roundtable: tackling shipping costs and trade barriers for an improved efficiency
2. Agro-waste opportunities: What are the new products in the market?
3. Regulations and legislation: gaining clarity on how public perception may not always be right
4. Premium pellets roundtable
5. Wood chips roundtable
  • 16:45
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  • 18:30
  • Argus Biomass Awards 2023 Location: Expo Stage, QEII

Award Categories:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Individual Award

  • Women's Thought Leadership Award: Individual Award

  • Sustainable Practices Award: Company Award

  • Technology and Innovation Award: Company Award

Please refer to Awards section on website for more information.

  • 16:30
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  • 19:00
  • Welcome Reception Sponsored by:
  • 9:00
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  • Registration Opens
  • 9:55
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  • 10:00
  • Chairperson's Opening Address Freddie Staermose, VP Generation Fuel and Dry Bulks, Argus
  • 10:00
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  • 10:30
  • Opening Keynote
  • 10:30
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  • 11:30
  • Where does the future lie for biomass? Exploring new markets for biomass usage Enviva, Arcelor Mittal

• Why is there a need for pellet producers to start investing in pellet customization
• How can biomass contribute in sustainable transitions in heavy industries?
• Will industry partnerships help change biomass perception?

Moderated by:

Freddie Staermose, VP Dry Bulk and Gen Fuels, Argus


Confirmed Speakers:

Jens Wolf, VP Commercial, Enviva
Steve Sirdey, European Buyer Alternative Reductants & Biomass, Arcelor Mittal Energy

  • 11:30
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  • 12:15
  • Morning Break
  • 12:15
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  • 13:00
  • SAF Focus: How has the regulatory market in the region led to successful SAF partnerships?
• The importance for regulators to set frameworks for SAF raw material procurement
• How have regulators worked with the industry to develop SAF projects
• Will more biomass-based SAF projects become popular in 2023?

Moderated by: Giulia Squadrin, Associate Editor Biofuels, Argus
  • 13:00
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  • 13:30
  • Understanding the role of Biomass feedstock in SAF production
• Why is there a need for pellet producers to start investing in pellet customization
• How can biomass contribute in sustainable transitions in heavy industries?
• Will industry partnerships help change biomass perception?
  • 13:00
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  • 14:30
  • Lunch
  • 14:30
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  • 15:30
  • New businesses on the block: will there be a new wave of North American supply in the global pellet and chip market? Future Metrics
• Can the North American biomass resurgence create new opportunities for supply
• What can new biomass producers learn from the existing industry vision
• How will the US-Canada production affect trade in Europe?

Moderated By: Bill Strauss, President, FutureMetrics
  • 14:30
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  • 15:00
  • Sleeping Giant? Latin American prospects for growth Sumitomo

• Can South America formalise its biomass industry
• Prospects of agro-biomass exports from South America
• Can Agro-biomass products be developed further to ensure efficiency?

Confirmed Speakers:
Mark Lyra, Senior Director, Sumitomo


  • 15:30
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  • 16:00
  • Afternoon networking break
  • 16:00
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  • 17:00
  • Working groups
  • 17:00
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  • 19:00
  • Off-site networking reception
  • 9:00
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  • Registration opens
  • 9:55
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  • 10:00
  • Chairperson's opening remarks Freddie Staermose, VP Generation Fuel and Dry Bulks, Argus
  • 10:00
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  • 10:30
  • Is biomass just a stepping stone to sustainable energy transitions? SBP, BASF

• Key challenges in engaging with the public and EU
• Why is Bioenergy so hard to align with in Europe?
• Frameworks for better transfer of information to the public


Confirmed Speakers:

Ivana Krkljus, Global Strategic Advisory Lead Renewable Raw Materials, BASF
Carsten Hujlus, CEO, SBP


  • 10:30
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  • 11:00
  • Will Carbon Capture technologies deliver the necessary breakthrough for more sustainable biomass practices? - Adam Nye, VP Business Development Voluntary Carbon Markets , Argus
  • 11:00
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  • 10:30
  • Creating a sustainable supply chain: How can the market encourage sustainable shipping, transport and certification practices?
  • 11:30
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  • 12:00
  • Morning Break
  • 12:30
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  • 13:00
  • Exploring new boiler technologies for efficient use of alternate pellets
• Can current boilers be retrofitted to efficiently burn agro-biomass?
• How are boiler manufacturers approaching ideas of CCUS
• Exploring the new technological dependencies in biomass sustainability
  • 13:00
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  • 14:00
  • Lunch
  • 14:00
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  • End of conference