10 March 2016

The Role of Bioenergy in the UK's Future Energy System

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 SCI's Energy Group and supported by SCI's Biotechnology Group and the Energy Technologies Institute

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Bioenergy can play a significant and valuable role in the future UK energy system, especially when combined with Carbon Capture Storage. Together they can deliver net negative emissions of c.55 million tonnes per year, and meet around 10% of UK energy demand in the 2050s, ultimately reducing the cost of meeting the UK's 2050 Green House Gas (GHG) emission reduction targets by more than 1% of GDP. Yet the bionergy sector is immature, reflecting both its complexity in terms of multiple value chains that could be deployed; and the political and scientific uncertainties around land use change and the sustainability of using biomass for energy. The UK Government has highlighted the need to ensure that bioenergy delivers genuine carbon savings, and that the impact of direct land use change (dLUC) to biomass production is better understood. The work to be presented by our keynote speaker seeks to address these issues for bionergy crops in the UK. It has enabled the ETI (Energy Technologies Institute) to identify options for delivering GHG emission savings through UK bioenergy value chains.

The event will comprise a keynote presentation by Geraint Evans, Programme Manager-Bioenergy, ETI, on its recent report on Bioenergy. This will be followed by a panel Q&A session. On the panel will be Namdar Baghaei-Yazdi, University of Westminster; Adam Brown, IEA;Niall MacDowell, Imperial College London and Richard Stark, AB Agri. There will also be time to network with fellow delegates and speakers during the wine reception which will follow the event.

SCI is uniquely positioned to provide an independent, multidisciplinary science-based perspective on the energy trilemma - sustainability, affordability and security of supply - and to bring together critical inputs and thinking from industry, academia and the public sector.

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Day 1 - 10th March 2016

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Keynote Speaker

  • Geraint Evans, Programme Manager-Bioenergy, ET

Geraint is an Energy Engineer with 30 years' experience in the energy industry, having worked across coal, oil and biomass sectors. Geraint leads the Energy Technology Institute's bionergy programme where he is responsible for the delivery and exploitation of the ETI's bionergy portfolio. This includes a number of projects and studies valued at around £14.75M examining the whole of the bionergy value chain from production through to utilisation. Prior to joining the ETI, he worked as Head of Biofuels and Bioenergy at the NNFCC and in a number of close plant support and marketing roles in the oil and coal industries. Geraint holds a Bachelor of Engineering (honours) in Fuel and Energy Engineering from the University of Leeds and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Aston. Geraint is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of IChemE and Member of the Energy Institute.