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Agenda 2021

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Please note that the conference will take place from 14:00 - 18:00 (Central European Summer Time)

14:00 - 17:55
Setting the scene: Understanding the policy, economic and governance drivers for the sustainability agenda

Hear from industry experts, including CRU’s senior consultants and analysts on the primary drivers for sustainability, including green financing, implications of carbon taxation schemes, challenges and opportunities for the fertilizer industry, and the role of the industry in the energy transition.





14:00 - 14:45
Financing considerations for Green and Blue projects
Rapid growth in the pipeline for green and blue ammonia projects since 2020 means that developers face increased competition for financing. CRU Consulting will discuss the commercial considerations of financiers assessing green ammonia projects including understanding:
• the prospects of zero carbon ammonia in both “traditional” fertilizer and nascent non-fertilizer energy markets,
• zero/low carbon ammonia’s cost competitiveness versus substitutes and existing producers,
• the overall economic feasibility throughout a zero/low carbon ammonia project’s life cycle,
• pricing scenarios currently envisioned for green and brown ammonia over the long-term.
Speaker:
Willis Thomas, Senior Consultant, CRU

14:45 - 15:25
Sustainable Fertilizers – Challenge or Opportunity?
This presentation will explain:
• How the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relate to fertilizers
• What the latest sustainability developments in our fertilizer industry are
• What IFA is doing to accelerate the industry’s sustainability transformation
• How fertilizer production and use might change over the coming 30 years
Speaker:
Volker Andresen, Sustainability Director and China Initiative Leader, International Fertilizer Association (IFA)

15:25 - 16:10
Exploring the challenges of the fertilizer industry’s carbon footprint, including implications of emissions tax schemes
• Examining the significant challenges faced by the fertilizer industry in negotiating the balance between supplying key goods required to feed the world and minimising its environmental impact
• Understanding the current carbon dioxide emission profile of the industry and highlighting areas of particular challenge
• Exploring how different hydrocarbon feedstocks have different outlooks in particularly China
• As governments around the world start to seriously examine emission tax schemes, what are the implications for the fertilizer industry as it faces a period of new costs unless changes can be made?
Speaker:
Alexander Derricott, Senior Analyst, Fertilizer Costs, CRU

16:10 - 16:50
Transforming the nitric acid sector: Advancing N₂O abatement
Presenter to be confirmed, The Nitric Acid Climate Group
16:50 - 17:30
Low-Carbon Ammonia: Enabling the Energy Transition

Speaker:
Trevor Brown, Executive Director, Ammonia Energy Association

14:00 - 18:00
Showcasing Green and Blue ammonia and hydrogen technologies and their role in decarbonisation and the energy transition

Green and blue ammonia and hydrogen have a huge potential in the energy transition. This session will hear from industry leaders, Clariant, Casale and Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions on the technical innovations they are employing to drive decarbonisation, reduce carbon intensity and help producers to achieve net-zero. Presentations will include:



14:00 - 14:40
Paving the way for Blue Hydrogen and Ammonia – Clariant's innovative catalytic solutions to reduce carbon intensity
Speaker:
Stefan Gebert, Senior Global Product Manager, Clariant

14:40 - 15:20
Catalytic solutions for the production of sustainable fuels and chemicals
Speaker:
Thomas Cotter, Business Development Manager, Clariant

15:20 - 16:00
Dynamic Analysis of Flex-gNH3 – a Green Ammonia Synthesis
Speaker:
Michal Tadeusz Bialkowski, R&D Division Head, Casale

16:00 - 16:40
Ammonia as hydrogen carrier
Speaker:
Klaus Noelker, Head of Process Department OU Fertilizer & Methanol, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions

16:40 - 17:20
Blue ammonia for a transition to a lower carbon footprint
Speaker:
Bernd Mielke, Head of Process Group Ammonia, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions

17:20 - 18:00
Captured CO₂ – and now? Options for CO₂ use in fertilizer industries
Speaker:
Evgenij Safronov, Process Engineer, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions

18:00 - 18:20
Renewable power to green fertilizers.
Speaker:
Joey Dobree, Product Portfolio Manager, Stamicarbon

14:00 - 18:00
Greening existing production assets: Optimising energy efficiency, emissions abatement and water treatment

This session will showcase several options for fertilizer plants to operate more sustainably. Improving energy efficiency and attaining optimum emissions abatement in existing production assets provides significant gains in the path to net-zero, and by optimising efficiency, also improves operating costs. Effective heat recovery in acid generating plants can significantly contribute to carbon-free energy, reducing CO2 footprint – three case studies will be shared on how this approach can be applied. Additionally, attendees will gain insight into new developments in wastewater management to effectively manage nitrogen-rich waste streams; and next-generation emissions management in urea plants.



14:00 - 14:40
Casting the SPELL: a new reality of wastewater treatment
Author:
Andrea Carotti, Water Treatment Systems - Technology Manager, Saipem

14:40 - 15:20
Experiences with MicroMist™ and Jet Venturi scrubbing systems
Speaker:
Branislav Manic, Process Engineer, Stamicarbon
Co-speaker:
Wilfried Dirkx, Licensing Manager, Stamicarbon

15:20 - 16:00
Optimization of steam generation network of a fertilizer complex to reduce emissions and enhance energy index of the steam generators
Speaker:
Luqman Rafiq, Assistant Manager Urea & Utilities, Engro

16:00 - 16:40
Carbon-free energy from fertilizer acid plants
Speaker:
Stephanie Brennan, , DuPont Clean Technologies

16:40 - 17:20
Decreasing CO₂ footprint with green hydrogen from clean energy in the fertilizer industry
Author:
Ricardo Sepulveda, Manager of Process Engineering, PegasusTSI

17:20 - 18:00
Identifying decarbonization implementation options for green and blue hydrogen through syngas plant benchmarking
Speaker:
Clara Vido, Process Engineer, BD Energy Systems

14:00 - 17:20
Closing the sustainability loop and embracing the circular economy in the phosphate industry

Circular economy principles are of significant importance to the phosphate industry, give then finite reserves of this essential nutrient. This session will highlight new developments in phosphorous recycling, as well as looking at innovative approaches to managing and utilising phosphogypsum.



14:00 - 14:40
Phosphogypsum: Can it be Sustainable? Sustainable Phosphoric Acid production: Treating and recycling phosphogypsum
Speaker:
Marieke Maenhaut, Lead Process Engineer, Technip Energies

14:40 - 15:20
Phosphogypsum to gypsum, cement & sulfuric acid. Qualifying Waste material for the circular economy
Speaker:
Dirk Köster, Sulphate and Phosphates Technologies, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions

15:20 - 16:00
Production of usable phosphogypsum - Prayon’s case study
Author:
Tibaut Theys, General Manager, Prayon Technologies

16:00 - 16:40
Phosphoric Acid with no gypsum disposal
Speaker to be confirmed, Novaphos
16:40 - 17:20
Reimagining resources: Enhancing nutrient stewardship through recovered phosphorous
Speaker:
Ahren Britton, Chief Technology Officer, Ostara Nutrient Management Solutions

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