Location :  Auditorium of the European Economic and Social Committee,  Rue Van Maerlant 2, (Rue Belliard, Parc Leopold)  BRUSSELS

Organisers : World Biogas Association in Partnership with the TEN Committee, EESC

Date : 11 December 2017 9:30am to 16:30pm

In partnership with EESC

Making Carbon Count: Pricing in externalities to drive the circular economy

On the 20th anniversary of the Kyoto Protocol, WBA and the European Economic and Social Committee of the European Commission are meeting to discuss and analyse the current status on carbon pricing, carbon markets and how these could influence European policies on resource management and recovery.

The conference will explore the potential synergy between a post-Paris Emissions Trading System and the European Commission’s Circular Economy policy. For example, how pricing-in the value of avoided carbon emissions, or the cost of carbon emissions, could have a significant impact upon the markets for secondary raw materials from waste.

We will pose questions such as: could a carbon price drive up resource recovery? Would pricing in the externalities of emissions caused by making virgin plastic, wood pulp, or aluminium, actually make secondary recovered resources more competitive? What would happen if we taxed the CO2 emissions from WtE plants? What would be the impact of imposing a carbon tax on landfills as was briefly done in Australia?

A highly qualified group of experts from finance and the waste and resource industry will debate these options and eventualities, to help us learn from other industries and countries what a carbon price will mean for waste recyclers, WtE operators, AD operators, landfill managers, and raw material producers.

08:45 Registration and welcome coffee

09:30 Welcome and Introduction

09.30 – David Newman, President, World Biogas Association
Opening welcome from the WBA Presidentwho will introduce the conference themes and speakers.

As the European Commission concludes the negotiation on the Circular Economy and looks to implement an Emissions Trading System post 2020, we ask whether the two processes could be synergic in order to stimulate resource recovery and management.

09:45 - 10:45: The Big Picture- Resources, Climate, Energy and Carbon Pricing

09:45 -10:15 – Dr Janez Potocnik, Co-Chair of the International Resource Panel, UNEP and former EU Commissioner for the Environment 2010-2014*
Having introduced the first Circular Economy proposals in 2014, Dr Potocnik will give us an overview into how such policies are potentially transformational for the EU economy, in terms of climate targets and waste and resource management.

10:15 – 10:45 – Felicity C. Spors, Senior Carbon Finance Specialist, Carbon Markets & Innovation, Climate Change Group, World Bank

The World Bank is one of the entities that constitute the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition and Dr Spors will explain the impacts of carbon pricing on the global economy and how this works through into the financial and commodity markets.

10:45 - 11:00: Refreshment break and networking

11:00 - 12:00: Experiences, Policies and Actions

11:00 – 11:15:  Trio Wendel, Climate Action Network
As a civil society activist organisation, CAN believes that effective carbon pricing is one of the prerequisites to ensure the sustainable transition to a low-carbon and resource-efficient economy. For resource recovery to be a full alternative, a five- to tenfold increase of the EU carbon price is needed.

11:15 – 11:30:  Dr. Gianni Silvestrini, Kyoto Club Italy
A former Director of the Italian Ministry of Environment, Dr Silvestrini will look at the development of renewable energy in the last decades, its potential, and how this fits into the low carbon growth mix.

11:30 – 11:45:  Manisha Gulati, C40 Cities Finance Facility
The actions needed to meet our climate targets require buy-in at all levels and Ms Gulati will talk about how the C40 Climate Leadership Initiative is helping around 100 cities across the globe reduce their emissions.

11:45 – 12:00:  Maximo Miccinilli, European Aluminium
Aluminium is an energy intensive industry and Dr Miccinilli will present their research into how a carbon price will impact both primary production and secondary resource recovery.

12:00 - 12:30: Panel Discussion

Panel discussion with the following speakers based on the morning discussions chaired by David Newman, President of WBA

  • Dr Janez Potocnik, Co-Chair of the International Resource Panel, UNEP and former EU Commissioner for the Environment 2010-2014*
  • Felicity C Spors, Senior Carbon Finance Specialist, Carbon Markets & Innovation, Climate Change Group, World Bank
  • Trio Wendel, Climate Action Network
  • Dr. Gianni Silvestrini, Kyoto Club Italy
  • Manisha Gulati, C40 Cities Finance Facility
  • Maximo Miccinilli, European Aluminium

12:30 - 13:00: Keynote Speaker - 20 Years of the Kyoto Protocol

Pierre Jean Coulon, President of the Transport, Energy, Infrastructures and Information Society Committee of the European Economic and Social Committee
President Mr Coulon will talk about how the climate agreements agreed in Kyoto 20 years ago are having a continued and positive impact upon the EU economy and society.

13:00 - 13:45 Lunch and networking

13:45 - 16:00: The Waste Sector Panel

Session Chaired by Mr Steve Lee Director General of Resource and Waste UK

13:45 – 14:10:  Vanya Veras, Secretary General, Municipal Waste Europe
As the waste industry continues the negotiation over recycling levels, the new directives and policies proposed under the Circular Economy package, Ms Veras outlines some of the challenges the industry faces in the coming decade, including meeting climate change targets.

14:10 – 14:30:  Ollie More, Head of Policy, Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association, UK
ADBA have presented to the UK Government a scenario in which carbon is priced at $100/ton and the impacts it would have upon recovery of biogenic wastes and production of clean, renewable gas for heat, electricity and transport.

14:30 – 14:50:  Jacob Simonsen (Danish Waste Association) for the Confederation of European Waste to Energy Plants
Waste to Energy plants in 2015 treated 28% of EU28 MSW producing energy and heat but also CO2. Mr Simonsen looks at the advantages of WtE technologies in the context of climate change targets.

14:50 – 15:10:  Dr. Adam Read,  European Federation of Waste Management Associations (FEAD)
Across Europe FEAD members handle some 60% of household waste and 75% of industrial and commercial waste with a combined turnover of c. € 75 billion. Dr Read believes that “until there is a legal or market recognition for avoided emissions, either in an ETS-type scheme or through recycling certificates, carbon pricing will have little effect on the waste sector”

15:10 – 15:30:  Nicole Couder, SUEZ Environment Company, France
Ms Couder will explain how a multinational operating in waste water, energy and waste markets sees the positive and negative impacts carbon pricing can have on the development of their markets.

15:30 – 16:00 – Panel Discussion


16:00 - 16:30 Conclusions: the politics, where do we go from here?

Discussion with a great line up of speakers

Felicity C Spors, Janez Potocnik, Gianni Silvestrini, Adam Read, Maximo Miccinnilli

16:30 Conference Close