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ACE - Attitude, Character and Enthusiasm
Keynote Speaker: Mike Ditka

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IMO 2020: Implications for the Used Oil Industry
Presented by Thomas Murray, President, Modern Fuels, LLC

IMO 2020 may prove to be the largest greatest potential disruption in the last decade to the used oil industry. This session will focus on the implications for the used oil industry participants, including collectors, distillers and re-refiners. Strategies for preserving and enhancing value for participants by business segment will be offered.

IMO 2020: Macro Impact on the Refining & Shipping Industries
Presented by Ed Arnold, Senior Consultant for Argus Consulting Services

As we get closer to the IMO 2020 deadline of January 1, 2020, the crystal ball is getting clearer on the impact on the refining and shipping industries. It is expected that IMO 2020 will cause over 35 billion gallons per year (~2.4 million barrels per day) to be shifted from High Sulphur Fuel Oil to Very Low Sulfur Fuel. This session will provide the latest impacts on demand for various distillates.


2020 Economic Outlook
By Dr. Loren Scott, President Loren C. Scott & Associates, Inc.

There is increasing talk about the “R” word: recession. NORA has secured this top rated speaker to address the current state of the economy and what members should anticipate in 2020. This industry expert will inform attendees what they should expect the oil market to look like over the next three, six and twelve months so members can build their budgets and business strategies with the best available information. The oil market has a tremendous impact on how NORA members operate their businesses and plan for the future. Is oil going to stay where it is or are there fundamentals indicating change is on the way? This session will help members prepare their companies to succeed.

Carbon Credits: A NORA Case Study
Presented by Lord Colin Moynihan, Executive Chairman of Hydrodec of North America, LLC

Hydrodec, a NORA member, has successfully been approved by the American Carbon Registry (ACR) to generate carbon credits for every gallon of used transformer oil they re-refine. This session will explore the process and requirements to be approved by the ACR and the practical benefits it provides to a company.


Processing Technology Panel
Moderated by Gary Risse,Trihydro Corporation

Staying competitive in the liquid recycling market requires members stay current on the latest technology innovations. A variety of professionals will provide information on new and innovative processing technologies to help make your facility operate at optimum performance. 


Digital Technology Panel
Moderated by Gary Risse,Trihydro Corporation

A variety of professionals will provide information on new and innovative digital technologies to help members get the most out of their data and operate at maximum efficiency. Areas that will be explored include: e-manifests and ideas to help educate members on potential digital technology choices.

State of the Industry & Government Affairs Executive Summary
Presented by Scott D. Parker, NORA Executive Director and Jack Waggener, NORA Senior Consultant

 2019 has been a very active government affairs year for NORA and its members– and it looks like it will continue until  2020. The current and future health of the liquid recycling industry is largely dependent on the overall regulatory environment. This session will provide a high level executive summary on issues such as the status of the US Department of Energy Used Oil Study, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s changes to Hours of Service, the rollback of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the US rule and more. In addition, high level state of the industry data points will be shared. 

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