Day One

Welcome Remarks from Rethink Events
Keynote: A welcome address from the UK highlighting business opportunities in waste to energy

Neil Grundon, Deputy Chairman, GRUNDON WASTE MANAGEMENT LTD, UK

Industry Leaders’ Debate: Capitalising on the current global market boom - the role of waste to energy in tackling the waste crisis and meeting climate change targets
  • How can the waste to energy industry capitalise on the current scenario of a growth in waste output, changing policies and increased climate change action and promote itself as a critical part of the solution?
  • Why is public perception of waste to energy so poor and what strategies could improve this and what success stories could we learn from?
  • Which new markets present the greatest opportunities for waste to energy and why?
  • What is the outlook for already established markets and what can be done to increase viability?

Session Chair:
Adam Read, Senior Vice President, CIWM, UK

Isabel Boira-Segarra, CEO, FUTURE EARTH ENERGY, UK
Tom Koltis, Executive Director, COVANTA UK
Phil Piddington, Managing Director, VIRIDOR, UK
Mohammed Nayeem Quraishi, CEO, BEE’AH ENERGY, UAE

International Market Opportunities: Reports on new waste to energy infrastructure projects in global markets

Horng Ming Lok, Principal Engineer, NEA SINAGPORE

Investor Debate: Defining the current appetite for investment in waste to energy
  • Combustion plants remain a bankable technology but are the commercial models supporting it beginning to stretch the boundaries?
  • How are investors and lenders accounting for ESG principles when assessing EfW projects?
  • Can we rethink the traditional approach of building waste plants to divert material from landfill and produce power to the grid?
  • Is there a need for subsidies in the waste sector and if so, where should these be applied?
  • Taking a longer-term view, how can a balance be achieved between economies of scale and location?

Session chair:
Chris Holmes, Partner, FORESIGHT GROUP, UK

Julia Safiullina, Investment Manager, IONA CAPITAL, UK
Susan Goeransson, Director Infrastructure Europe, EUROPEAN BANK FOR RECONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT, UK
Simone Aroni, Senior Manager, Project and Infrastructure Finance, INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL BANK OF CHINA, UK
James Michelsen, Senior Industry Specialist – Waste, INTERNATIONAL FINANCE CORPORATION (IFC), USA

Networking Roundtables

Delegates break into online roundtable discussion groups, each focused on a business-critical issue within energy from waste and hosted by an industry leader!

  • Small island facilities: Challenges and opportunities – Host: Ken Sahan, Associate, RAMBOLL, DENMARK
  • Planning for 7mt of household food waste to be collected in the UK by 2023 – Host: Adam Read, External Affairs Director, SUEZ RECYCLING & RECOVERY, UK
  • Decarbonising transport with waste to energy – how much impact can biomethane have? – Host: Nils Lannefors, Business Development Manager Scandinavia, HITACHI ZOSEN INOVA, SWEDEN
  • Managing risk factors in waste to energy development – Host: Myles Kitcher, Managing Director, PEEL L&P GROUP, UK
  • What risk assessment criteria are most important to today’s lenders? – Host: Charlotte Eddington, Investments Director, ABUNDANCE INVESTMENT, UK
  • How can W2E stakeholders and the insurance industry better work together to avoid the sector becoming uninsurable from a property risk perspective? – Host: Simon Baker-Chambers, Vice President, Manager Global Sales – EMEA, FM GLOBAL, UK
  • Why have ACT projects failed? – Host: Peter MacLaren, Director, LEVENSEAT, UK
  • Getting complex projects to close – lessons learnt? – Host: James Snape, Partner, CMS CAMERON MCKENNA NABARRO OLSWANG, UK
  • What will it take to give financiers greater confidence in ACT projects? – Host: Isabella Gaupmann, Senior Development Manager, Project Lead Hooton Park, COGEN, UK
  • How will Carbon Capture and Storage support future waste-to-fuel projects? – Host: Chris Manson-Whitton, Director, PROGRESSIVE ENERGY, UK
  • Is now the right time to invest in more environmentally beneficial solutions for waste, such as conversion into fuels and chemicals? – Host: Neville Hargreaves, VP Waste to Fuels, VELOCYS, UK
  • Technical Challenges of early Gasification: What have we learnt? – Host: Yoel Alemán, CTO, EQTEC, UK
Gasification: A new wave of projects

Many remain unconvinced on the future of gasification because of lower power yields, however the potential for resource output is far greater. With many new projects going ahead, this panel will evaluate the business case, challenges and success stories.

  • What kinds of plants and waste are most suited to gasification and what are the benefits over combustion?
  • Why are some markets more successful than others?
  • Which projects are now underway and what have been the highs and lows for those who have pioneered?
  • Where is the true potential of gasification? How great is the opportunity to contribute to the decarbonisation of industries such as transport and aviation and recycling of plastic?
  • What incentives would help accelerate growth in this area?

Session Chair:
Peter MacLaren, Director, LEVENSEAT, UK

Andy Cornell, Chief Executive, ADVANCED BIOFUEL SOLUTIONS, UK
Isabella Gaupmann, Senior Development Manager, Project Lead Hooton Park, COGEN, UK
Kerry McKenna, Global Director, Energy Technologies, HATCH, UK
Paco Hevia, Managing Director, AMEY WASTE TREATMENT, UK

A Compelling Business Case for Gasification: The path to accelerate the tipping point for adoption

David Palumbo, CEO, EQTEC, UK 

Innovation Showcase: Commerical BioSNG

Delivering low carbon fuels from waste and the role for Carbon Capture and Storage

Chris Manson-Whitton, Director, PROGRESSIVE ENERGY, UK

Rethinking Partnership Models and Risk Sharing: Exploring a collaborative approach to project success
  • How can we rethink our approach and effect more collaboration and shared risk between owners and EPC contractors?
  • What are the drivers behind the current model and the effects on each party?
  • This is a particular issue in the UK. What can we take from other countries’ approaches and can international players shake up the status quo?
  • Should we move towards target price contracts not fixed price or fixed term?
  • Could a change of approach create better competition and a healthier marketplace?
  • There are so many mutual challenges in getting projects over the line. What can we learn from each other and what is the vehicle for sharing that information?

Session Chair:

Christophe Cord’homme, Business and Products Development Director, CNIM GROUP, FRANCE
Doug Waters, Director Energy Services – Global, UNIPER, UK
Allan Vlah, Director of Infrastructure Equity, AVIVA INVESTORS, UK
Jimmy Morgan, Chief Operating Officer, BABCOCK & WILCOX RENEWABLE

Networking Power Hour!
Join informal small group chats to say hello, recap the day’s discussions and – just like at our after-summit networking drinks – make those happy ‘random’ connections with people whose paths you might never have crossed otherwise! Rooms reset every 6 minutes.

Day Two

Welcome Remarks from Rethink Events
Regulation: Analysis of the current policy landscape in the UK and Europe

Developing a long-term view and stable policies is key to security and investment. What is on the horizon for waste to energy?

  • What best incentivises waste conversion into energy and/or other resources?
  • Setting ambitious targets is often not enough. What are the challenges for ensuring governments and industry can deliver?
  • How crucial is strategic siting? Are heat network connections and co-location with recyclers and sorters the answer to community and industry collaboration? Why have some countries pursued this and not others?
  • International approaches and successes: What can we learn and how transferrable are policy models?
  • Is there appetite in other countries for a wholesale legislative change such as the Swedish incineration tax and the Netherlands RDF import tax?

Session Chair:

Jose Jorge Diaz del Castillo, Policy Officer, DG Environment, EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Tim Walker, Acting CEO, ARC 21, NORTHERN IRELAND
Patrick Clerens, 
Secretary General, ESWET, BELGIUM

International Market Opportunities: Reports on new waste to energy infrastructure projects in global markets

Pankaj Patel, President and Member of the Board, ABELLON CLEANENERGY, INDIA

Rudi Nugroho, Director of the Center for Environmental Technology, BPPT, INDONESIA

The Netherlands:
‘Port of Rotterdam’s ambitious energy transition strategy to develop 10 fuels/chemicals facilities in Rotterdam in the next 10 years’
Stijn Effting, Business Manager Chemical and Bio-Based Industries, PORT OF ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

What are the value drivers for long-term project success?

In partnership with:

Session Chair:
Helen Downie, Senior Investment Manager, FORESIGHT GROUP, UK

Ute Fleck, Head of Sales EPC, CNIM GROUP, FRANCE
John Weatherby, Managing Director, FICHTNER CONSULTING ENGINEERS, UK
Michael Ware, 
Richard Howard, 

Networking Break
Addressing the Plastics Issue: The role of advanced conversion technologies in tackling the global plastics crisis

With a rising tide of anti-plastic sentiment, change is afoot in all areas of the plastic supply chain.

  • With an array of technologies available to convert plastic into energy, new materials, fuels and chemicals, what progress is being made and where are the success stories?
  • What’s the outlook/timeframe for these technologies becoming mainstream? What will be the tipping point?
  • How do the economics work?
  • Where are the feedstocks coming from? Are we seeing a greater demand? Can pre-sorting be funded through producer responsibility schemes?
  • What is the impact on calorific value of taking plastics out of MSW? Is there a willingness to collaborate?
  • What changes are we seeing in packaging? What impact will that have?

Session Chair:
Paul Davidson, Challenge Director: Smart Sustainable Plastics Packaging, UK RESEARCH AND INNOVATION, UK

Pauline Metivier, Innovation Manager, VEOLIA, UK
Manuel Abellan, Councillor & Chair of the Environment Committee, SUTTON COUNCIL, UK
Jean-Louis Kindler, CEO, WAYS2H, USA

Transport Fuel: Could this be the most valuable resource to be produced from waste?

With no combustion engines from 2050 and battery development for HGVs and public transport networks slow off the mark, the market for green fuels is huge. In addition, the aviation sector, as one of the largest carbon emitters, is under increased pressure to clean up its act and electrification is a long way off.

  • Where does renewable fuel fit alongside the push towards electrification?
  • The Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation incentive is helping to support this sector. How does it work and are there any future changes proposed?
  • How do the economics work? What are the revenue streams and markets for outputs?
  • Which products give the most added value? Is hydrogen the most diverse?
  • What is the comparison with standard fuel in terms of GHG emissions and key pollutants?
  • What is the appetite for uptake with haulage companies and transport networks?
  • Is this the only answer for reducing carbon in aviation emissions in the mid-term?
  • Where are the success stories and what is the 10-year outlook for technologies, market opportunities and uptake?

Session Chair:
Trevor Nicoll, President, CIWM, UK

Rachel Solomon-Williams, Head of Low Carbon Fuels, DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT, UK
Neville Hargreaves, VP Waste to Fuels, VELOCYS, UK
Richard Belfield, Head, Project Development, HITACHI ZOSEN INOVA, SWITZERLAND
Jeff Ovens, Managing Director, FULCRUM, UK

Project Finance and Investment: New approaches to funding downstream plants

Looking at more innovative approaches to funding in higher stakes and unproven markets.

  • What is the current level of appetite for investment in climate change innovations? Which innovations and projects have now broken new ground?
  • What are the challenges: Asset valuation, lack of subsidies and fixed contracts, unproven technologies?
  • Are banks and private equity softening risk criteria? Who is investing and what blends of finance work well?
  • Can we expect to see a change in investment patterns in the next 5-10 years?

Session Chair:
Myles Kitcher, Managing Director, PEEL L&P GROUP, UK

Charlotte Eddington, Investments Director, ABUNDANCE INVESTMENT, UK
Matias Wibowo, Investment Manager (Clean Energy & the Environment), CLEARLYSO, UK
Jonathan Boss, Partner, DOWNING LLP, UK
Richard Burrett, Chief Sustainability Officer, EARTH CAPITAL, UK

Close of Summit