Agenda

Agenda

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

DAY ONE – MONDAY 17 OCTOBER

Morning

09.00 – 10.00  Registration and light buffet breakfast

10.00 – 10.15  Welcome and opening Remarks

10.15 – 11.15  Session 1:  Aviation Leaders Panel
As the industry recovers post-Covid from the sharpest downturn in aviation history, how important is sustainability to leaders? Is the Net Zero target set by the industry achievable? Are the steps being taken sufficient and fast enough? What more can policymakers do to help full decarbonisation of the aviation sector? Are sustainable aviation fuels the silver bullet to realising Net Zero? Does the industry fear increased taxation by governments as a form of managing demand for flying. Does industry need a global agreement by countries at ICAO to achieve its climate goals? Is the industry coming under greater pressure from investors on sustainability performance?
Jonathon Counsell, Group Head of Sustainability, International Airlines Group
Haldane Dodd, Executive Director, Air Transport Action Group
Subhas Menon, Director General, Association of Asia Pacific Airlines
Tim Pohle, Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Airlines for America
Christopher Surgenor, Editor & Publisher, GreenAir (Moderator)

11.15 – 11.45  Presentation 1:  Roadmaps to Net Zero
A number of industry and other roadmaps and forecasts have been released that point the way as to how the aviation sector can transition towards a net zero target and bring it into line with the global 1.5°C goal by mid-century. How do they compare? How realistic do they look based on current understanding? To what extent do they rely on novel technologies? What reliance will there still be on carbon offsetting, emissions trading and other market-based instruments to achieve net zero?
Nikhil Sachdeva, Centre for Aviation Sustainability, Roland Berger

11.45 – 12.30  Session 2:  Climate-aligned finance for airlines
Airlines are capital intensive businesses and re-fleeting with fuel efficient aircraft comes at significant cost. Financiers, lessors and investors are being incentivised by investors and regulators to re-allocate capital away from carbon intensive industries towards sustainable activities. Aircraft financiers and lessors are also having to consider ESG and sustainability in their credit risk approval decisions. These factors are leading to the creation of new forms of aircraft finance focusing on sustainability linked and transition linked carbon reduction targets, metrics and KPIs. Will increasing aviation emissions create a risk of a flight of capital away from aviation? What is the difference between sustainability linked and transition linked finance? What key metrics and data are required to establish carbon reduction trajectories and KPIs?
James Collins, Partner, Aviation Finance, Stephenson Harwood
Yevgeniya ‘Gene’ Levitin, Managing Director, Head of Aviation, Investment Banking Americas, Natixis
Emi Mima, Manager, Sustainable Finance, International Air Transport Association
Jordan Shorto, Business Manager – Aerospace, UK Export Finance
Ulrike Ziegler, President, impact on sustainable aviation
Barry Moss, President, PACE (Moderator)

12.30 – 14.00 LUNCH & NETWORKING BREAK

Afternoon

14.00 – 14.45  Session 3:  Progress on a global long-term goal for aviation
This conference takes place immediately after the conclusion of ICAO’s 41st Assembly, which is due to consider and then reach a decision on a Long-Term Aspirational Goal for emissions from international aviation. What was the outcome? Is aviation now in line with UN climate goals? What are the reactions from industry and NGOs to the outcome? What decisions were, or were not, taken on ICAO’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme (CORSIA). What is the role for ICAO moving forward on climate action?
Victor M. Aguado, Permanent Representative of Spain on the ICAO Council (via online)
Haldane Dodd, Executive Director, Air Transport Action Group
Tim Johnson, Director, Aviation Environment Federation
Christopher Surgenor, Editor & Publisher, GreenAir (Moderator)

14.45 – 15.30  Session 4:  Aviation and the European Green Deal
As part of the climate neutral by 2050 binding target of the European Green Deal, the EU has set an interim goal of cutting emissions by at least 55% by 2030, based on 1990 levels, and is working on a set of proposals under the ‘Fit for 55’ package to revise and update EU legislation, and put in place new initiatives to ensure EU polices are line with the climate goals. The package has important implications for aviation as it involves changes to the EU ETS and Energy Taxation directives. What are the proposals and what is the current legislative position? How will they impact the European aviation sector and will the moves tilt the playing field to its disadvantage?
Laurent Donceel, Senior Policy Director, Airlines for Europe
Matteo Mirolo, Aviation Policy Officer, Transport & Environment

15.30 – 16.00  REFRESHMENT & NETWORKING BREAK

16.00 – 16.45  Session 5:  Policymaking in the United States and the United Kingdom to decarbonise aviation
To what extent has policymaking changed in the United States under the Biden administration? How does the recently-passed Inflation Reduction Act impact aviation? What steps are being taken to address emissions from both international and domestic aviation, and are they enough? What is the US SAF Grand Challenge and does it mean sustainable fuels are seen as the only means of decarbonising aviation, apart from incremental gains in aircraft technology. What support is there in the US for supersonic travel, given the potential environmental cost? How realistic is a net zero by 2050 target for both the US and UK? What is the Jet Zero Council the UK has established? What are the plans for airspace changes in the US and UK to reduce emissions? How do the US and UK differ in their approaches to market-based measures?
Dan Williams, Senior International Advisor, Office of Environment & Energy,
Federal Aviation Administration
Representative from the UK Department for Transport (tbc)

16.45 – 17.30  Presentation 2:  Airline sustainability marketing and the dangers of greenwashing
With the aviation sector under ever-growing scrutiny from policymakers and the travelling public over its emissions and contribution to the climate crisis, should airlines be more proactive in presenting their sustainability achievements? How can airlines market themselves without appearing to greenwash? What does the travelling public want to hear and how much attention do they pay anyway?
Dirk Singer, Research Director, SimpliFlying

17.30 – 19.30  EVENING RECEPTION & NETWORKING
Sponsored by Xpansiv CBL Markets

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

 

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