Bioenergy Conference & Workshop

18-19 May 2010
CBI Conference Centre, London


Understanding obligations & opportunities

BSI's Bioenergy conference will help you prepare for new renewable energy standards and legislation. It will deliver guidance on the UK Renewable Energy Strategy and provide a forum for the industry to drive bioenergy production, standardization and use.

In addition to presentations and case studies, discussion sessions will allow you to share knowledge, experiences and challenges of producing bioenergy and driving demand with some of the leading experts in this area.

Key reasons to attend include:

  • Understand the impact of legislation and obligations on your business
  • Gain insights into the future of the bioenergy market
  • Understand how to utilise standards to improve your processes
  • Learn how to effectively source bioenergy and ensure the quality of biofuel
  • Discover opportunities in the UK biomass supply chain.
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Agenda - Tuesday 18 May

Chair’s Opening Remarks

Gideon Richards
Consulting With Purpose
BSI PTI/20 and PTI/17 Committee Chairman

Keynote: Developing the bioenergy market

  • The Renewable Energy Directive (RED)
  • Bioenergy in the UK Renewable Energy Strategy
  • Market developments
  • Incentives – the Renewables Obligation (RO)
  • Feed-In Tariffs (FITs) and Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)
  • Addressing constraints – planning and connections.
Caroline Season
Senior Policy Adviser, Bioenergy
Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC)

The Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) one year on

  • Overview of the first year
  • Initial outcomes and lessons learnt
  • Adapting to the RED.
Aaron Berry
Head of Carbon and Sustainability
Renewable Fuels Agency

The implications of sustainability on the bioenergy industry

  • How are different bioenergy chains affected by GHG and sustainability concerns?
  • What GHG and sustainability standards and regulations apply to the to the industry?
  • How are developers and investors dealing with sustainability?
Dr Ausilio Bauen

Understanding and utilising standards

  • Linking standards to legislation
  • How can standards help?
  • Currently available standards
  • Standards under development.
Gideon Richards
Consulting With Purpose
BSI PTI/20 and PTI/17 Committee Chairman

Discussion Session: What guidance do you need?

  • What are the areas causing confusion?
  • What guidance? Formal standards or other something else?

Environmental, economic and social impacts of bioenergy

  • Sustainability impacts of bioenergy systems
  • Sustainability criteria
  • What are the issues?
  • What are the benefits?
  • What can be done?
Dr Patricia Thornley
Research Fellow, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
University of Manchester

Opportunities in the UK biomass supply chain

  • Types and forms of biomass fuel
  • Biomass fuel supply models
  • Buying and using biomass fuels.
Dr Geoff Hogan
Information Officer
BIOMASS Energy Centre

Case Study: Ensuring the quality of biofuels

  • HETAS context and background
  • Scheme outline
  • The assessment process
  • Office audit and on-site audit.
Bill Massey
Registration and Development Manager

Case Study: Development of the UK’s Largest Dedicated Biomass Power Plant (Steven's Croft)

  • Planning process
  • Contracting strategies
  • Construction issues.
Nick Escott
Biomass Sector Leader
Mott MacDonald Ltd

Andrew Burns
Site Manager, Steven’s Croft
Mott MacDonald Ltd

Drinks Reception

Delegates are cordially invited to attend a drinks reception at the close of the seminar.

Please check back for updates as the conference agenda is confirmed

Post conference workshop – 19 May 2010

Carbon footprinting and carbon labelling of bio-energy products and projects

  • Methods
  • Responding to the challenges posed
  • Discussion on challenges perceived and encountered

How are companies currently going about it - and where are things likely to head?

  • In the UK / Internationally
  • Policy context
  • Discussion on appropriate strategic approaches

Calculating a carbon footprint for bioenergy products according to PAS 2050

  • What’s easy, what’s not?
  • Pitfalls, hints and tips
  • Where to focus efforts?
  • Carbon impacts of different feedstocks
  • Accounting for land use change

Performance in use From footprint to business case

  • Business benefits
  • Benchmarking and driving performance
  • Designing footprinting programmes to maximise utility
  • How to ensure you get value from a footprinting exercise

Communicating carbon footprint information

  • What’s appropriate?
  • Risks and opportunities
  • Pros, cons and practicalities of carbon labelling
  • Reducing the costs of production through product carbon footprinting
  • Discussion on good/bad practice examples

Karen Fisher
Senior Consultant
Environmental Resources Management (ERM)

Michael Collins
Principal Consultant
Environmental Resources Management (ERM)

Simon Aumônier
Environmental Resources Management (ERM)

All those involved in considering the potential for production, refinement or use of biofuels and/or biomass from:

  • Utility companies
  • Energy providers
  • Biofuel producers
  • Biomass producers
  • Bioenergy consultants
  • Regulators

Book your place online:

The quickest and easiest way to book your place at BSI's Bioenergy conference is to fill in our simple online booking form. We offer two basic packages:

  • Conference only - attend the Bioenergy conference on 18 May
  • Conference + pre-conference workshop - attend both the conference (18 May) and our post-conference workshop (19 May)

  • Discounts are available for public sector companies and SMEs (defined as an organization employing fewer than 250 persons and with an annual turnover not exceeding £45.5 million).

    You can also book over the phone by calling the BSI Customer Service team on +44 345 086 9001


    19 May 2010, CBI Conference Centre
    Click on the prices below to book your package:

    RATES Standard     SME          Public sector
    £499 £449 £399


    Conference + pre-conference workshop

    18-19 May 2010, CBI Conference Centre
    Click on the prices below to book your package:

    RATES Standard     SME          Public sector
    £799 £699 £599
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