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elcome to the second UK Biomethane and Gas Vehicle Conference, organised by the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA) with help from Low Emissions Strategies and hosted by Northampton Borough Council. As the trade body for the UK’s anaerobic digestion and biogas sector, ADBA is holding this event in line with our strategic vision to realise the full potential of biomethane as a transport fuel. Our inaugural event in 2013 highlighted a clear necessity for a platform from which to discuss the role of biomethane and the barriers preventing the fuel from reaching its full potential. Using biomethane as a transport fuel offers a myriad of environmental and economic benefits. Fleets run on biomethane reduce NOx emissions by 85% and particulate matter by 97.1%. They are also cheaper than diesel-fuelled vehicles whose costs are expected to rise. Add to these advantages the significant reduction in noise pollution achieved through the use of biomethane over diesel and you have a vehicle fuel that ticks every box.

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ADBA National Conference 2014


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The UK Biomethane and Gas Vehicle Conference 2014 will discuss the measures necessary to achieve the goal of a clearly profitable and affordable route to market by focusing on key issues surrounding the current and future availability of biomethane, mechanisms for delivering the fuel to the transport sector, infrastructural requirements for transport operators and current and emerging technologies. Alongside today’s presentations, there are exhibition stands located around the hall which you can visit during the breaks to learn more about biogas upgrading, biomethane certificates, CNG and LNG fuel supply and more from our exhibitors. Thank you to our sponsors FLI Energy and all of our speakers, exhibitors and partners who have helped to make this event possible and to Northampton Borough Council who have very kindly allowed us to use this spectacular venue.

Sponsor Profile “Over the last year we have seen strong growth in the use of road gas – and biomethane in particular – from both a logistics sector take-up and an infrastructure supply perspective. There are record numbers of new vehicle trials with growing fleet numbers driven by a logistics industry that now understands the environmental and cost benefits of gas fuel. We are also seeing government support through a range of separate initiatives and a growing public awareness of air quality issues.”

We design and build anaerobic digestion (AD) plants processing agricultural and industrial organic feedstocks to produce biogas and generate renewable energy. Our plants are reliable, efficient and flexible, capable of processing a wide variety of different feedstock inputs. We offer a range of operational support services including plant maintenance and biological process analysis. AD technology allows our customers to convert their organic waste into green energy, turning a possible disposal cost into a revenue stream. With the benefit of our experience and expertise, you can develop your business in a sustainable way while significantly reducing imported energy consumption. www.fli-energy.com

Rob Wood, Chief Executive, Gasrec


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Programme Time Agenda



Registration, refreshments and exhibition open


Introduction from chair Andrew Whittles, Managing Director, Low Emission Strategies and Chair of ADBA’s Transport Working Group

09:35 Welcome

David Mackintosh, Leader, Northampton Borough Council


ADBA’s Work on Biomethane for Transport Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive, ADBA


Sponsor welcome

Logistics and freight


Panel discussion Andrew Colski, Head of Freight Policy, DfT Rob Wood, Chief Executive, Gasrec Mark Fletcher, Sustainability Manager – Logistics, Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd Tony Owen, National Fleet Support Manager, Volvo Group UK Ltd


Refreshments and exhibition

Improving urban air quality


Urban air quality Andrew Whittles, Managing Director, Low Emission Strategies and Chair of ADBA’s Transport Working Group


Panel discussion John Bickerton, Chief Engineer, Reading Buses Tony Griffiths, Director of Sales, Gas Alliance Group Guy Hitchcock, Low Emission Strategies Knowledge Leader, Ricardo AEA Gary Blenkinsop, Communities Manager, Environmental Health, Wakefield Council


Buffet lunch and exhibition

Vehicles and Infrastructure: What are the options?


Evonik SEPURAN Green – business potential for CNG


Panel discussion Stuart Easterbrook, Stakeholder Delivery Manager, National Grid Chris Smith, Chief Executive, G-Volution Nick Blake, Head of Engineering, Mercedes-Benz UK Ltd Urban Löfvenberg, Product Manager Sustainable Solutions, Scania


Refreshments and exhibition

Driving the sector: Key barriers to tackle


Panel discussion Colin Matthews, Mananging Director, JouleVert Ltd Grant Ashton, Chief Executive, Green Gas Trading Gloria Esposito, Head of Projects, Low CVP Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive, ADBA


Chair’s closing remarks Andrew Whittles, Managing Director, Low Emission Strategies and Chair of ADBA’s Transport Working Group



Chris Long, Sales Director, FLI Energy

any fleet operators are now realising the significant cost and environmental savings that can be delivered through running their vehicle fleet on gas. M This session will explore the practicalities of converting your fleet to run on gas and biomethane, drawing on the latest findings from the Low Carbon Truck Trials.

2 8,000 premature deaths were the result of poor air quality in 2010, according to research from Public Health England. Pollution from diesel vehicles is a major reason for this problem, and speakers in this session will explore the impact that gas and biomethane vehicles can play in addressing the issue in urban areas.

T his session will look at the increasing availability of gas vehicles, including the latest Euro 6 OEM products, after market conversions and complementary technologies, including performance, pay back and future developments. The session will also include discussions about the suitability of various gas and biomethane refuelling options, including infrastructure for liquid and compressed gas, biomethane integration systems and innovative financing models.

Dr Sandra Uebbing, Director SUPURAN Green Performance Polymers, Evonik Industries

This session will discuss the current barriers preventing biomethane reaching its full potential as a vehicle fuel, the availability of biomethane and how

we can overcome the barriers and drive the sector forward.


UK biomethane & gas vehicle conference 2014


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speaker profiles Grant Ashton

Gary Blenkinsop MCIEH, MIOA

CEO Green Gas Trading Ltd

Communities Manager, Environmental Health Wakefield Council

Grant is a Partner with Omni Partners LLP a leading London based hedge fund. He has over 28 years of experience in financial markets. Previously Chief Executive Officer of Infinity Capital Markets and Head of European Credit Trading and Managing Director of Barclays Capital, he has also set up and run credit trading desks at Salomon, UBS and HSBC.

John Bickerton Chief Engineer Reading Buses

After experience with Cosworth and Lotus, John Bickerton joined the country’s largest bus operator, First, where he was responsible for managing the company’s fuel saving strategy and eventually leading the company’s technical standards for the fleet of 9000 vehicles. John has recently moved to Reading Buses as Chief Engineer, where he is focused on building fleet reliability and controlling maintenance costs, as well as ensuring the successful embedding of the UK’s largest gas bus fleet. John is also a board member of the IMechE Automobile Division.

Gary is an Environmental Health Practitioner by profession, specialising in the field of Environmental Protection. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and Institute of Acoustics. He has worked for Wakefield Council for 25 years and now manages a team of environmental professionals tackling air pollution, noise, contaminated land and other environmental issues which impact on people’s health. He sits on the West Yorkshire Low Emissions Strategy Group to help shape a regional approach to improving air quality.

Andrew Colski

Head of Freight Policy Branch Department for Transport Andrew Colski has been head of the freight policy branch in the Freight, Operator Licensing and Roadworthiness Division in the Department for Transport since 2012. His responsibilities include the low carbon truck trial, the longer semi-trailer trial and other freight policy issues including vehicle weights and dimensions, quiet deliveries and lorry parking. Andrew’s previous posts in the Department include road safety, bus policy and national non-domestic rates.

Nick Blake

Head of Engineering Mercedes-Benz UK Ltd

Stuart Easterbrook

Nick has been working for Mercedes-Benz since 1986 and now leads the Engineering Department. With an eye for innovation and a healthy interest in the environment he has steered the direction, development and introduction of Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles into the UK since 2003. With responsibility for pre and post Engineering of Trucks for the UK market he works closely with his team of specialists to try to identify future trends and ensure that the products being developed by Daimler AG meet the requirements of the UK market and keep them in service when they hit the road. He has been involved with the introduction of the new A range of Mercedes-Benz Trucks, Dual Fuel developed by Hardstaff and for providing transport solutions specifically for the UK market that help reduce operating costs and carbon emissions. As Chairman of the Heavy Commercial Vehicle Technical committee and Methane Task Force of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Nick is helping to ensure that future legislative developments from the European Union do not impact adversely on the UK haulage industry.

Stakeholder Delivery Manager National Grid

Stuart heads up the Stakeholder Delivery team in National Grid Gas Distribution which is responsible for a number of areas including the contractual and commercial aspects of National Grid’s connections for biomethane gas to grid projects and transportation supply hubs. National Grid has received over 500 enquiries for gas to grid projects and is currently managing over sixty live projects. Stuart has worked in many operational and commercial areas of National Grid during his career, covering both gas and electricity, including project design and construction, procurement, pricing and generating station connections.

“To achieve the targets that are enshrined in law to reduce carbon emissions from transport it is clear that we have to reduce the carbon intensity of fuel. As part of the Department for Transport Ministerial Task Force to reduce carbon emissions, natural gas has been identified as the best fuel to achieve this, particularly in heavy transport. Biomethane increases the benefit of this by a significant factor and whilst there is no “Silver Bullet” in the armoury of measures to reduce carbon emissions, in heavy transport, biomethane is the most promising of all low carbon fuels that are currently available and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future.” Nick Blake, Head of Engineering, Mercedes-Benz UK Ltd


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speaker profiles Gloria Esposito

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Dr Guy Hitchcock

Head of Projects Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership

Knowledge Leader – Low Emission Transport Strategies Ricardo-AEA

Gloria has over ten years’ experience in assessing and managing air pollution and GHG emissions from road transport. She has expertise in UK and European air quality, climate change and transport policy, and has been involved in devising and implementing various low emission vehicle projects. Whilst leading air quality policy at the London Borough of Camden, Gloria was responsible for introducing one of the UK’s first biomethane refuelling stations. Gloria leads LowCVP’s bus, passenger car and gaseous fuels work programme. She recently contributed to DfT’s HGV Methane Gas Strategy. Gloria is an active member of ADBA’s transport working group.

Dr Guy Hitchcock has over 20 years’ experience of research and consulting on sustainable transport, air quality and climate change. He has worked in both consultancy and academia and is currently a Knowledge Leader at Ricardo-AEA on low emission transport strategies. Previous roles include the head of the Centre for Energy and the Environment at the University of Exeter, Director of Sustainable Transport Solutions Ltd, and manager of the Bristol office of Transport and Travel Research Ltd.

Urban Löfvenberg

Mark Fletcher

Product Manager Sustainable Solutions Scania CV AB

Sustainability Manager, Logistics Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd With over 35 years of experience in the retail sector Mark has led the delivery of major change projects across different divisions within Sainsbury’s. Having joined the Logistics division in 2011 to lead a complex change project in Primary Logistics, which was completed in 2013, Mark took up the newly created position of Sustainability Manager for Logistics, a role designed to support the delivery of the challenging environmental targets which Sainsbury’s has set itself for 2020.

Mr Urban Löfvenberg obtained his MSc at The Royal Institute of Technology, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, in Stockholm in 1985. Over the past 15 years he has worked with product and business development for a number of companies within the industry of alternative fuels. Since January 2011, Urban has held the position of Product Manager Sustainable Solutions at Scania, with focus on global product and marketing development of heavy-duty biofuel vehicles.

Chris Long

Tony Griffiths

Sales Director FLI Energy

Sales & Marketing Director Gas Vehicle Alliance A degree in Engineering led Tony into the oil industry where he spent nearly 30 years in the European Commercial Fuels and Lubricants Markets working for Texaco, Castrol and BP. On leaving BP he joined MAN Truck & Bus and took responsibility for the development of the MAN Gas Bus which was launched in 2011. Tony has since joined the Gas Vehicle Alliance where he is responsible for bringing their unique solution to market.

Chris is the Sales Director of FLI Energy who are a leading contractor in the construction of AD plants in the UK market with particular expertise in EPC delivery and significant current UK experience in biomethane upgrade plant integration within total plant construction.

Cllr David Mackintosh Leader Northampton Borough Council

Cllr David Mackintosh is the Leader of Northampton Borough Council and Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Northampton South. As well as his local commitments in Northampton, David is also a board member of the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership and a member of the Improvement and Innovation Board of the Local Government Association.

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speaker profiles Colin Robert Matthews

Dr Sandra Uebbing

Managing Director JouleVert Ltd

Director SUPURAN Green Performance Polymers Evonik Industries

Colin has specialist knowledge of the vehicle markets with particular emphasis on developing biofuels, LPG and natural gas/biomethane as well as electric and hybrid drive platforms and the associated carbon footprints of vehicle fuels and power sources. Colin has worked for Mobil and BP, and The Energy Saving Trust. For the last 8 years Colin has been advising government, fleets and councils on pragmatic ways to utilise low carbon vehicles whilst also improving air quality.

Sandra Uebbing has been working for Evonik Industries AG since 2011 in the High Performance Polymers department. Since 2012 she has been developing the biogas membrane market in France and the UK. Sandra now heads up the biogas business. Before joining Evonik, Sandra worked for the governmental economic development agency Scottish Enterprise in Düsseldorf and Glasgow from 2007 to 2011 to support start-up businesses to relocate in Scotland. Sandra holds a masters degree in American Literature, British Linguistics and German Literature, she also studied economics.

Charlotte Morton Chief Executive ADBA

Andrew Whittles

A former corporate lawyer with an MBA from London Business School and an LLB in English and French Law from the London School of Economics, Charlotte is an entrepreneur with a passion for the environment. Charlotte is determined to ensure that the AD industry maximises its potential, in particular regarding biomethane as a transport fuel.

Tony Owen

National Fleet Support Manager Volvo Group UK Ltd Tony joined Volvo Group UK in 2002, initially working on Volvo’s in house telematics system, Dynafleet. He was promoted to the role of Fleet Support Manager within Volvo’s National Fleet Sales department in 2006. Tony’s current role is to manage a team of fleet development managers while also undertaking other project responsibilities including the implementation of one of Volvo’s strategic objectives to assist with the introduction of alternative fuelled trucks in the UK market. Tony’s hobbies include, cycling, skiing and hill walking.

Managing Director Low Emission Strategies

Andrew is a recognised expert in developing sustainable transport strategies, representing the UK at the EEA Transport Experts meeting in Copenhagen in 2009. Andrew designed and negotiated the delivery of the 1st Low Emission Zone in the UK, as part of the O2/Greenwich Peninsula development, and also designed the LEZ controls for the London 2012 Olympic Park. Andrew joined Cenex in 2006 where he developed the UK Biomethane Toolkit and Defra funded Low Emission Strategies Programme, also managing the DfT Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Grant Programme. In 2010, Andrew set up Low Emission Strategies Ltd, helping Leeds and Liverpool City Regions, Sussex, West Midlands, Bradford, Northampton, Southampton, Maidstone and Rotherham to develop low emission strategies. Andrew chairs the ADBA Transport Working Group and is the transport advisor to the Carbon War Room – Island Economies Programme.

Rob Wood

Chief Executive Officer Gasrec Ltd Rob joined Gasrec in 2013 as Chief Executive. He has worked in the energy industry for 27 years and began his career in BP’s downstream business, selling oil products to a variety of commercial and industrial customers. He then moved to BP’s gas business where he developed a CCGT at Saltend, one of the first independent power projects in the UK. Rob then moved to BP Chemicals where he first led a global technology licensing business and then BP’s European ethylenepolyethylene manufacturing business. He then moved to BP’s oil and gas trading division to set up and lead a financial services activity. Rob’s last role in BP was in Alternative Energy where he set up and led a carbon origination and trading business. Since leaving BP in 2010, Rob has led a number of start-up ventures. Rob has a degree in mechanical engineering.


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Exhibitors Stand 1: DMT Environmental Technology

Stand 5: Green Gas Trading Ltd

c Marjolein Overbosch, Marketing Communications & Sales Support e moverbosch@dmt-et.nl w www.dmt-et.nl

c Grant Ashton, CEO e grant@greengastrading.co.uk w www.greengastrading.co.uk

DMT Environmental Technology is your knowledge partner for your environmental challenges. We lead in the development of clean tech solutions for biogas upgrading and desulphurisation to provide the best total cost of ownership to our customers. Our biogas upgrading system, Carborex®MS, uses highly selective membranes and is the most reliable and efficient system on the market today. Together with our local service partner Heat and Power Services it is our challenge to create the green and prosperous future!

Green Gas Trading runs the Biomethane Certification Scheme. The goal of the scheme is to maximise the value and liquidity of biomethane by enabling biomethane producers and consumers to transact in the certificated “green” value of biomethane at a market determined price, divorced from the physical and contractual flows of the commodity gas.

Stand 6: Purac Puregas Ltd

c Mark Storey, Sales and Marketing Manager e mark.storey@purac-puregas.com w www.purac-puregas.com

Stand 2: Evonik Fibres GmbH

c Sandra Uebbing, Director SEPURAN® Green e sandra.uebbing@evonik.com w www.sepuran.com Evonik, the creative industrial group from Germany, is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. We offer hollow-fiber membranes for efficient and energy-saving gas separation. Membrane-based upgrading of biogas exploits the differences in the permeabilities of gases through the membranes. SEPURAN® Green membranes have the highest selectivity and provide a superior technology for processing of crude biogas. Methane of a purity higher than 99% can be obtained from the crude gas.

Purac Puregas is a Swedish based company delivering efficient and reliable biogas upgrading solutions. A European market leader, Purac Puregas has subsidiaries in both Germany and the UK. With more than 15 years’ experience Purac Puregas designs and delivers biogas upgrading solutions using the unique CApure process. Creating lifetime partnerships is at the core of our business philosophy. This ensures the biogas upgrading solutions we provide are precise and attain the best possible returns.

Stand 7: Malmberg Water AB c Jon Harris, UK Manager e jon.harris@malmberg.se w www.malmberg.se

Stand 3: BMF HAASE Energietechnik GmbH c Dr. Roland Kahn, CTO e roland.kahn@bmf-haase.de w www.bmf-haase.de

BMF HAASE Energietechnik GmbH stands for market-leading quality and innovations in the treatment and upgrading of biogas, landfill gas, sewage, natural gas and leachate. With high-tech components from our own production, we achieve exceptionally high availability and efficiency of engineered systems. First-class service and long-term experience in operation ensure your sustainable success. As experts for upgrading biogas we have developed a highly efficient product – the BMF HAASE Biogas-Upgrader.

Malmberg are pioneering technology suppliers in the production of biomethane for vehicle fuel applications with an established position in the UK market. Utilising a water scrubbing process, the Malmberg COMPACT® upgrading machine platform provides a range of sizes suited to biogas volumes from 100 to 3000 Nm3/hr. With 148 years’ operating experience, Malmberg are well equipped to supply machines or full turnkey projects for the production of biomethane for vehicle fuel, with many operational site references.

Stand 8: Wärtsilä Water Systems Ltd c Peter Crowe, Sales Manager Compressors e peter.crowe@wartsila.com w www.wartsila.com

Stand 4: MT-Energie UK

c Christof Langguth, Technical Sales Manager e christof.langguth@mt-energie.com w www.mt-energie.co.uk MT-Energie is one of the leading providers of anaerobic digestion (AD) and gas upgrading plants with over 650 installations worldwide. The company has been supplying highly efficient turnkey facilities to the UK since 2009, through the UK branch based in Bridgnorth, Shropshire. MT-Energie provides technical and biological support to operators of any AD plant, including those built by other manufacturers.

Wärtsilä’s range of compressors has been used within the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) refuelling station market since the late 1980s. Packages designed specifically for the CNG market have gained a reputation for a long life and reliable service. Today Wärtsilä’s manufacturing is based in Poole, Dorset, UK (Formally Hamworthy). We have more operational stations than any of our competitors and a dedicated team to provide, supply and support complete CNG refuelling stations. Wärtsilä’s commitment excels by showing willingness to undertake feasibility studies at no cost to the customer.


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AD 2015-2020: what can we achieve? Discuss the future of AD policy, upcoming market opportunities and prospects for AD in 2015-2020.


It’s an annual ‘must do’ for us.

• Expert speakers from government and the AD industry • Excellent networking opportunities • Table top exhibition

Kevin Clarke, Business Development Manager – Waste to Energy, Imtech

Exhibition and sponsorship opportunities are available at the conference. To find out how you can get involved, please contact Jamil Ahad E: jamil.ahad@adbiogas.co.uk T: +44 (0) 203 176 4414.

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ADBA membership We are the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA), the not-for-profit trade body representing businesses and organisations in the AD and biogas industry. We support not only AD builders and equipment suppliers, but also those interested in using the technology to help remove the barriers to growth currently faced by the industry and to promote the benefits of AD to the UK.

Why join ADBA?

• Influence – As the voice of the AD industry, we listen to our members’ views and regularly represent them at the highest levels. Our active working groups, in which all members are welcome to participate, also contribute to our responses to consultations and other requests from government. • Knowledge – whether you are looking for regular AD industry updates, the latest news on AD policy and regulation or business opportunities, our weekly member e-newsletter, private members’ area on our website, member exclusive blog posts, industry reports and member-only events, will keep you in the loop.

• Advice and support – Whether you have a question on financial incentives for AD or want help making your business stand out from the crowd, our team offers invaluable advice. • Contacts – Exclusive opportunities to meet with the biggest network of AD contacts from all sectors of the industry at our host of member and industry events. • Discounted events – Members receive preferential rates for all of our events, including stand space at our trade show UK AD & Biogas. • Free PR opportunities – Share your news and projects with the readers of AD & Biogas News, our press database and the visitors to our website.

JOIN TODAY If you are interested in becoming an ADBA member or would like to find out more, please contact our Head of Membership Wayne Hurley E wayne.hurley@adbiogas.co.uk T 020 3176 5416.

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