27 abril - 29 abril 2022
In-person: London, UK & Online Access

Argus Biomass Conference

Day 1

Start End
  • 09:30
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  • Registration opens
  • 10:00
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  • 10:10
  • Chairperson's opening remarks Freddie Staermose - Vice President - Generation Fuels & Dry Bulks, Argus
  • 10:10
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  • 10:30
  • Opening welcome address
  • 10:30
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  • 11:00
  • Flourish or stabilise: Is the global biomass industry at a crossroads? Erisa Senerdem - Editor, Biomass, Argus
  • The key economic and policy drivers affecting European biomass demand
  • The global supply landscape, future investments and shifting trade routes
  • New sources of supply and the growing importance of Russia
  • 11:00
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  • 11:50
  • Utility perspectives: How can biomass secure its position as a key component of the energy mix in Europe? - Drax, Ørsted, HOFOR, Engie & Uniper
  • What are the main sustainability challenges and how are utilities working towards meeting renewable energy targets?
  • How are sourcing strategies evolving as Europe competes for volumes?
  • What are the potential market scenarios post-2027 once UK and Dutch subsidies expire?
  • Asserting biomass’ place in the future renewable energy mix alongside solar and wind energy

Moderator: Freddie Staermose, Vice President - Generation Fuels & Dry Bulks, Argus

Speakers include:

Rick Taylor, Head of Fuels, Drax
Søren Alsing, Head of Fuel, Bioenergy and Thermal Power, Ørsted
Michael Schytz, Head of Fuel and Logistics, HOFOR
Alfons von Weereld, Head of Biomass Sourcing & Trading, Uniper
Senior Representative, Engie

  • 11:50
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  • 12:30
  • Morning break and ice breaker speed networking
  • 12:00
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  • 12:50
  • How is the trading environment changing? Demand dynamics, sourcing strategies and new supply markets - Vattenfall Energy Trading, Wood Pellet Services, Engie & Uniper
  • How are traders adapting their sourcing strategies and where do they see new trading routes emerging?
  • How will demand for biomass be affected by shifts in the broader European energy systems
  • How are rising freight rates and logistical costs affecting trade?
  • What needs to be done to mitigate trading risk, improve efficiencies and develop liquidity in the market?
  • Addressing the sustainability question: Can certification schemes maintain a harmonized system to facilitate efficient trade?

Moderated by:
Brodie Govan, Biomass Broker, Voyage Power

Speakers include:
Christian Joore, Head of Biomass & Freight, Vattenfall Energy Trading
Tiago Andrade, Director, Wood Pellet Services
Johan Mertens, Biomass Trader, Engie
Jan Groeneveld,
Biomass Sourcing Manager, Uniper

  • 12:50
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  • 14:00
  • Lunch
During lunch, the exhibition opening ceremony will take place. It will remain open for the duration of the conference.
  • 14:00
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  • 14:30
  • Innovation & Technology platform

Taking place on the stage in the exhibition hall, be inspired by innovative companies sharing their latest technologies and solutions.

  • 14:30
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  • 15:30
  • Round table discussions

Choose from one of the following topics and participate in an interactive discussion guided by the round table leader:

1. Baltics biomass supply developments and future growth potential
Igors Krasavcevs, Head of Forestry Services, Latvian Wood

2. What is the “silver bullet” behind the Swedish success story?
Bengt-Erik Löfgren, CEO, ÄFAB

3. What are the commercial prospects for advanced, thermally treated pellets? Will they have a place in the biomass ecosystem?
Michael Wild, President, International Biomass Torrefaction Council (IBTC)

4. Accessing flexible and cost-effective turnkey pelletizing solutions

5. Exploring the potential for woodchip market growth in Europe
Juan Prados Edwards, Managing Director, Generandi

6. Souring supply for the European residential heating market – Challenges and opportunities

Afternoon Options Or Free Networking

Start End
  • 15:30
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  • 17:30
  • Premium pellet focus group Speakers include - Bioenergy Europe, SNCB, World Bioenergy Association

Snapshots of demand for premium pellets for the residential heating markets across Europe and the opportunity to discuss and collaborate with peers.

Moderated by:Gilles Gauthier, Director Business Development & Membership, Bioenergy Europe

Country profiles include:

  • France- Hugues de Cherisey, General Secretary, SNCB
  • Austria and Germany - Christian Rakos, President, World Bioenergy Association
  • Italy - Matteo Favero, Wood Biofuels and Certification Schemes Manager, AIEL
  • United Kingom - Mark Lebus, Chairperson, UK Pellet Council
  • 15:30
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  • 17:30
  • Wood chip, waste wood and alternative fuel focus group Speakers include: - SUEZ Trading Europe, Wood Recyclers Association, Gren, Danpower, BSL Comercio & ENCE Energía y Celulosa

Exploring the key drivers towards wood chip and waste wood usage and future growth

  • Current market size and evolving demand
  • Potential demand growth from carbon-intense industries as they shift away from fossil fuels
  • Sourcing strategies and logistical costs
  • Woodchip and waste wood as part of the fuel mix for district heating

Andy Hill, Deputy Chair, Wood Recyclers Association
Lauma Kazuša, Head of Market Analysis, SUEZ Trading Europe
Carlos Retortillo, Operations Director, ENCE Energía y Celulosa
Markus Süßmann, Head of Special Projects, Danpower
Kristaps Knesis, Biomass Portfolio Manager, Gren
Jaime Reis, Director, BSL Comercio

  • 17:30
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  • 19:00
  • Happy hour drinks

Day 2

Start End
  • 09:00
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  • Registration opens
  • 09:20
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  • 09:30
  • Chairperson's opening remarks
  • 09:30
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  • 10:00
  • Keynote address – BECCS: Assessing the opportunities and challenges on the road to negative emissions Will Gardiner - CEO, Drax
  • The role of biomass and carbon capture in meeting carbon reduction targets
  • Assessing the technical process of capturing and storing carbon from biomass
  • What are the long-term prospects for BECCs and can it be commercially viable on a wider scale?
  • 10:00
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  • 10:45
  • The role of biomass in Europe’s energy transition – Exploring the economic and policy drivers - ENGIE Lab Laborelec & Södra
  • Will rising carbon pricing drive biomass demand and improve its long-term prospects – even in the absence of subsidies?
  • Exploring biomass as a low-carbon solution alongside wind and solar renewable energy
  • The essential role of certification for biomass a viable part of the energy transition

Moderated by: Freddie Staermose, Vice President - Generation Fuels & Dry Bulks, Argus

Yves Ryckmans, Chief Technology Officer, Biomass, ENGIE Lab Laborelec
Henrik Brodin, Strategic Business Development Manager, Södra 

  • 10:45
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  • 11:30
  • Morning break
  • 11.30
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  • 12:15
  • Global pellet producer perspectives on demand drivers, expectations from Europe and growth prospects in Asia Speakers include - Fram Renewable Fuels & Pinnacle Renewable Energy
  • Update on capacity expansions and plans for next 12 months
  • Latest market trends: consolidation, vertical integration and acquisition – what does this mean for the biomass ecosystem?
  • To what extent will new demand from Asia shift the global market dynamics?
  • What new regions could open up as supply hubs?

Moderator:
Bill Strauss, President, Futuremetrics

Speakers include:
Harold Arnold, President, Fram Renewable Fuels
Vaughan Bassett, SVP Sales & Logistics, Pinnacle

  • 12:15
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  • 13:00
  • Russia in focus: How significant could Russia become as a global supplier of pellets? Speakers include - Peltrade
  • What production capacity can be expected from Russia in the next 2-5 years?
  • How are Russian producers positioning themselves to supply customers in the industrial and premium pellet markets?
  • How might supply from Russia to Asia increase over the next decade?
  • How well set up are Russian ports for handling wood pellets?

Alexander Afanasyev, Managing Director, Peltrade

  • 13:00
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  • 14:45
  • Lunch
  • 14:45
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  • 15:30
  • A careful balancing act or market tension? How developments in the industrial market impact on the premium pellet market Speakers include - World Bioenergy Association, Pellet MyFire & CellMark AB
  • An overview of how the industrial and premium pellet market interact, what creates tension and how price could be affected
  • What can be learnt from the most recent winter? And what to expect for the 2022 heating season
  • Changing sourcing strategies to meet new demand – which supply regions will be key?
  • Is growth in the residential market limited? Will demand from commercial and industrial application take significant volumes in the future?
Moderator:
Christian Rakos, President, World Bioenergy Association

Speakers include:
Filippo Valdata, Trader, Pellet MyFire
Didzis Palejs, Biomass Trade Development, CellMark AB
  • 15:30
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  • 16:15
  • Afternoon break
  • 16:15
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  • 17:00
  • How do industrials view sustainable biomass as a way of meeting carbon reduction targets?
  • How are industrials across diverse sectors utilising biomass to reduce carbon emissions?
  • What role can locally-sourced biomass contribute towards a circular economy?
  • What other ways are bio-based products being used to reduce the environmental impact?
  • What are the opportunities for advanced, torrefied pellets in industrial heat and power generation for industrials?

Featuring senior representatives from diverse sectors

  • 17:00
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  • 17:10
  • Chairperson's closing remarks

Day 3

Start End
  • 09:20
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  • 09:30
  • Chairperson’s opening remarks Freddie Staermose - Vice President - Generation Fuels & Dry Bulks, Argus
  • 09:30
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  • 10:15
  • Asia focus: How are developments in Asia affecting global trade dynamics? Speakers include - Renova, Samsung C&T Corporation, Renewable Energy Institute & Hanwa
  • An update on policy and project status in Japan – How changes to the rules on sustainability will affect trade
  • How can exporters comply with sustainability requirements and meet the volumes required?
  • Beyond the FIT: The role of biomass as part of Japan’s renewable energy strategy
  • How are other countries in the region looking to move away from fossil fuels to meet their carbon reduction obligations?

Moderator: Bill Strauss, President, Futuremetrics

Speakers include:
Yoshinobu Kusano,
Senior Advisor, Renova
Ted Kim, Manager, Trading and Investment Group, Samsung C&T Corporation
Takanobu Aikawa, Senior Researcher, Renewable Energy Institute
Ryuu Lee, Biomass Trader, Hanwa

  • 10:15
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  • 11:00
  • Distilling the key policy developments - What challenges and opportunities they present for the biomass sector Speakers include - Bioenergy Europe, RVO, IINAS & Veolia
  • What are the implications of Fit for 55 for industrial and residential pellet markets?
  • What are the upcoming steps for the decision making and implementation of RED III?
  • How will increased rigidity of sustainability criteria mean for harmonization in Europe and biomass trade?
  • How could policy developments encourage further investment in biomass

Moderator:
Giulia Cancian, Policy Director, Bioenergy Europe

Speakers:
Kamila Waciega, Director, Energy, Public Affairs, Veolia
Uwe Fritsche, Scientific Director, IINAS
Timo Gerlagh, Senior Advisor, RVO


  • 11:00
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  • 11:45
  • Morning break
  • 11:45
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  • 12:45
  • Round table discussions

Choose from one of the following topics and participate in an interactive discussion guided by the round table leader.

1. Is biomass a viable solution for energy intensive industries to reduce their carbon emissions?
2. Beyond FIT: The future of biomass as part of Japan’s renewable energy strategy  
3. BECCs - Is being carbon negative in reach for biomass?
4. Prospects and challenges for the emergence of biomass-fueled commercial scale operations
Gilles Gauthier, Director Business Development & Membership, Bioenergy Europe
5. Industrials – How are leaders in carbon intensive sectors exploring biomass to reduce their environmental impact?
6. Navigating the demands of local legislation to demonstrate quality and sustainability with the right partners

 
  • 12:45
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  • 14:15
  • Lunch
  • 14:15
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  • 15:00
  • How can the biomass sector communicate better to tackle the public perception challenge or does something more fundamental need to change? Speakers include - WPAC & IEA Bioenergy
  • As REDIII enters the decision-making stage, just how concerning are the critics of biomass and their potential impact on policy?
  • How effectively is the biomass sector communicating its socially and economically responsible, and sustainable credentials in the eyes of public and the Government?
  • Has the biomass sector responded adequately to NGO criticism?
  • Should the sector be looking at a coordinated approach going forward?

Moderator:
Gordon Murray, Executive Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC)

Speakers include:
Luc Pelkmans, Technical Coordinator, IEA Bioenergy
Karen Brandt
, Owner, Brandt Strategy

  • 15:00
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  • 15:45
  • Closing debate – What will the biomass market look like in 5-8 years’ time? Speakers include - ÄFAB & Hinterland Management
  • What are the possible scenarios for the biomass sector once UK and Dutch subsidies have expired? Will new market structures and dynamics emerge?
  • What needs to be done to encourage further investment in the sector?
  • How will biomass compete with other renewables as well as traditional fuels as Europe pushes towards its environmental targets?
  • What are the commercial prospects for advanced, thermally treated pellets? Will they have a place in the biomass ecosystem?

Moderated by:
Freddie Staermose, Vice President - Generation Fuels & Dry Bulks, Argus

Speakers include:
Bengt-Erik Löfgren, CEO, ÄFAB
Maarten Gnoth, Founder and Director, Hinterland Management

  • 15:45
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  • 15:50
  • Chairperson's closing remarks Freddie Staermose - Vice President - Generation Fuels & Dry Bulks, Argus
  • 15:50
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  • End of conference

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