Agenda 2019


The content and timings in this provisional agenda are subject to change

Monday 4 November

08.45 – 09.45



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10.00 – 10.10 Welcome from the organisers
10.10 – 10.30 Presentation 1: The Greta effect: public perception and industry action

Climate change activism is on the rise across the world with aviation a particular target. How should the industry react? Mainstream media coverage on the harmful impacts of flying is now commonplace. Passenger carbon offsetting is being called into question. How should the industry respond to the risks of reputational damage? What role should environmental and civil society groups play?

Tim Johnson, Director, Aviation Environment Federation

10.30 – 11.15 Session 1: Aviation leadership

  • Are industry leaders doing enough to convince the public, investors and policymakers that they are taking responsibility for climate leadership?
  • Does the industry long-term goal need revisiting in the light of the move towards net zero emissions by 2050?
  • What technology developments and policy support are needed if the current long-term goal is to be met?

Jonathon Counsell, Group Head of Sustainability, International Airlines Group
Michael Gill, Executive Director, Air Transport Action Group
Matt Gorman, Sustainability & Environment Director, Heathrow Airport

Moderator: Christopher Surgenor, Editor & Publisher, GreenAir Online

11.15 – 11.45 Presentation 2: Decarbonising aviation

Decarbonising aviation is arguably the greatest challenge facing the air transport industry. Focusing on EUROCONTROL’s recent Think Paper ‘The Aviation Network – Decarbonisation Issues’, this presentation will cover in more detail some of the challenges that have to be overcome if the air transport industry is to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions significantly in the decades ahead.

Andrew Watt, Head of Environment, EUROCONTROL

11.45 – 12.30 Session 2: The view from ICAO

  • Update on progress at ICAO on final implementation elements of CORSIA. What has happened over the past year and what is still outstanding?
  • What can be done to persuade more countries, including China and India, to join CORSIA from the start?
  • What were the outcomes from the ICAO 40th Assembly?
  • What is the position of ICAO States on a long-term goal on emissions?

Chris Lyle, CEO, Air Transport Economics
Annie Petsonk, International Counsel, Environmental Defense Fund
Dan Williams, Office of Environment and Energy, Federal Aviation Administration

Moderator: Christopher Surgenor, Editor & Publisher, GreenAir Online

12.30 – 14.00 Networking

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14.00 – 15.00 Session 3: Europe and CORSIA

  • With the introduction of CORSIA, what is the current position within the European institutions and industry on the future of aviation’s inclusion in the EU ETS?
  • What has been the impact of soaring carbon allowance prices on airlines?
  • What are the implications for EU ETS post-Brexit and the position of the UK?
  • Why are a number of European countries looking to impose further measures on airline emissions and are they right to do so?
  • What are the cost implications for airlines?

Montserrat Barriga, Director General, European Regions Airline Association
Jakob Graichen, Senior Researcher, Energy & Climate, Oeko-Institut
Simon McNamara, Area Manager, UK & Ireland, International Air Transport Association
Damien Meadows, Adviser, DG CLIMA, European Commission (TBC)
Andrew Murphy, Aviation Manager, Transport & Environment
David Saddington, Senior Policy Adviser, UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Moderator: Africa Abajas Bermejillo, Head of Aviation Services, Vertis Environmental Finance

15.00 – 15.20 Presentation 3: European airports commitment to net zero emissions by 2050

Although representing only a small proportion of global aviation emissions, airports are the face of the industry on the ground and airport development projects are increasingly under scrutiny for their climate impact. Airports are themselves also at risk from the impacts of climate change. How are European airports responding to the climate challenge?

Marina Bylinsky, Head of Sustainability, ACI EUROPE

15.20 – 15.50


Refreshment Break

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15.50 – 16.40 Session 4: Accelerating the commercialisation of sustainable aviation fuels

  • Is the pace of development of sustainable aviation fuels moving fast enough?
  • How can it be accelerated?
  • What new initiatives are being implemented?

Keith Bushell, UK Stakeholder Manager, Environmental Affairs, Airbus
Steve Csonka, Executive Director, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative
Bruce Parry, Senior Environment Manager, European Business Aviation Association
Stephen Wetmore, Business Development Director, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials

Moderator: Charlotte Hardenbol, Head of Programs & Solutions, SkyNRG

16.40 – 17.30 Session 5: Airline experience of CORSIA

  • With the first year of airlines monitoring CO2 emissions under CORSIA nearly completed, how have they managed?
  • How are they getting ready for reporting and verification?
  • What approach are they adopting to purchasing carbon offsets?

Michel Adam, Senior Manager, Aviation Environment, International Air Transport Association
Mohamed Elsayed, Head of Monitoring, Reporting & Verification, Egyptair
Andy Kershaw, Environment Manager, British Airways
Keith Lawless, Senior Director, Environment, ETS, and Strategic Projects, Air Transat

Moderator: Julien Dufour, CEO, Verifavia

17.30 – 19.30 NETWORKING


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