Dec 3, 2019

Events and Associations

Marcus Lawrence
4 min
Energy Digital runs down some of the biggest upcoming energy and sustainability events from around the world
Event: World Future Energy Summit Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE

Event: World Future Energy Summit

Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE

Date: 13-16 January 2020

With a projected 33,500 attendees from 170 countries and over 800 exhibitors, the World Future Energy Summit is surely one of the biggest and most influential global events for future energy. Covering energy, water, eco-waste and smart cities, the event’s confirmed speakers thus far include: Daniel Hanna, Global Head of Sustainable Finance at Standard Chartered; Elle Runton, Senior Project Manager for Rethink Plastic, Emirates Nature at WWF; Raman Nanda, CEO of SoftBank Energy; and many more.

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Event: European Gas Conference

Location: Vienne Marriott Hotel, Vienna, Austria

Date: 27 – 29 January 2020

Hosted by OMV, the European Gas Conference brings together decision makers from the biggest players in Europe’s gas market, with the 2020 event set to feature talks on increasing LNG supplies in Europe, working more closely with the European Commission, the implementation of technologies to increase hydrogen production rates, and much more. Confirmed speakers include, among others: Rainer Steele, CEO of OMV; Edward Winter, Managing Director of Blackrock; Andreas Schierenbeck, CEO of Uniper; and Oleg Aksyutin, Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee and Head of Department at Gazprom.

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Event: edie Sustainability Leaders Forum 2020 

Location: Business Design Centre, London 

Date: 4-5 February 2020 

The edie Sustainability Leaders Forum is set to host over 300 sustainability leaders from CEOs and sustainability directors, to policymakers and NGOs. The forum includes global names like Unilever, Coca-Cola, P&G, NG, AXA and more. The event is organised by edie, a sustainable business media organisation which provides research and reports for sustainability professionals. It also hosts industry awards which recognise those who are “redefining what it means to be a sustainable, ethical and responsible business”. The awards include categories such as: ‘consultancy of the year,’ ‘carbon reduction,’ ‘energy efficiency,’ ‘rising sustainability star’ and ‘sustainable supply chains.’ 

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Event: Fossil and Renewable Energy – Fourth International Conference

Location: Houston, Texas, USA

Date: 17-19 February 2020

The United Scientific Group’s F&R Energy conference gathers academic experts from around the globe to share innovations in the energy sector, and spur change for the better in global energy markets. Over three-days, thought leaders, academics, engineers and business executives will speak about current trends, emergent technologies, fresh strategies to tackle challenges in energy industries around the world and how new paradigms will reshape the energy landscape. Keynote speakers will include: Zhifeng Ren from the University of Houston; Andrew Barron, Director of the UK’s Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI); Sibudjing Kawi of the National University of Singapore; Daniel Su from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Philadelphia; and many more.

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Event: The Sustainability Summit 2020

Location: London, UK

Date: 26 March 2020

Hosted by The Economist, the Sustainability Summit 2020 will be focused primarily on the need for governments and institutions around the globe to significantly upscale efforts to decarbonise industries and drastically cut emissions to keep global warming below 1.5°C. The day-long event will cover the impacts of sustainability goals on economic growth, the current progress toward the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the impacts of environmental issues on mental health, and prospective policies that could help turn the tide against carbon emissions and climate change.

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Event: Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo

Location: Stuttgart, Germany 

Date: 28-30 April 2020

The Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo (EHVTE) in Stuttgart will offer attendees the chance to hear from and speak with over 450 manufacturers and service providers from across the hybrid, electric vehicle (EV) and battery supply chains. Offering the chance to glean insights from industry leaders on the latest innovations and solutions, EHVTE promises to be one of the best destinations for industry players in 2020.

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Event: All-Energy Exhibition Conference 

Location: Glasgow, UK

Date: 13-14 May 2020

Glasgow’s All-Energy Exhibition and Conference strives to enable the UK renewable low carbon energy community “to interact, conduct business, network and learn, whether face-to-face or online”, according to the organisers. Held annually in Scotland, the event brings together a total audience of around 7,000 and promises to be a must-attend conference for any energy professional.

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Event: Cleantech Forum Europe

Location: Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Date: 18-20 May 2020

The 16th annual Cleantech Forum Europe, set over three days, brings together the biggest players in the clean technology space, along with government representatives and investors, for discussion, networking and opportunities to strike new partnerships. Keep an eye out for updates on speakers and the event’s programme in the coming months.

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Apr 23, 2021

Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition

Dominic Ellis
2 min
Drax is advancing biomass following Pinnacle acquisition it reported in a trading update

Drax' recently completed acquisition of Pinnacle more than doubles its sustainable biomass production capacity and significantly reduces its cost of production, it reported in a trading update.

The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.

The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).

Drax CEO Will Gardiner said its Q1 performance had been "robust", supported by the sale of Drax Generation Enterprise, which holds four CCGT power stations, to VPI Generation.

This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.

In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.

The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.

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