Agenda: Day 1



08:45 – 10:00 Registration, Light Breakfast Buffet & Networking, sponsored by:


10:00 – 10:05 Welcome address from the organisers
10:05 – 10:15 Opening Address

Jane Hupe, Deputy Director, Environment, Air Transport Bureau, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) via video

10:15 – 11:00 Panel Discussion 1:  Is the aviation industry ready for the introduction of CORSIA requirements in 2019?

  • What is the industry doing to prepare for the new MRV rules that take effect from 1 January?
  • What are the industry’s views on CORSIA progress at ICAO? Does it have concerns?
  • Does industry feel countries are ready for CORSIA introduction?
  • Is industry confident that CORSIA will be the only market-based measure for dealing with emissions from international aviation as more countries introduce carbon taxes and the Aviation EU ETS possibly set to continue after 2021?
  • In view of the industry’s own 2050 carbon reduction target, should ICAO be moving quicker to adopt a long-term strategy that can achieve it?

Michael Gill, Executive Director, Air Transport Action Group
Andrew Herdman, Director General, Association of Asia Pacific Airlines
Nancy Young, Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Airlines for America

Moderator: Christopher Surgenor, Editor, GreenAir Online

11:00 – 11:30 Presentations 1 and 2:  How does the business aviation sector play its part in climate action?

Bruce Parry, Senior Environment Manager, European Business Aviation Association
Mike Ryan, Co-founder and Head of Supply, Victor Private Jet Charter

11:30 – 12:15 Panel Discussion 2:  What are the challenges facing countries in implementing CORSIA regulations?

  • Are governments ready for implementing CORSIA MRV?
  • What enforcement mechanisms can regulators use to ensure compliance by aircraft operators? Are CORSIA SARPs legally binding on countries and operators?
  • Are countries happy with ICAO discussions over the criteria of emissions units and sustainable fuels? Are countries bound by the criteria rules?
  • What more can be done to encourage more countries to join CORSIA from the start? What are the reasons for the BRIC countries not so far participating?
  • Does CORSIA as it stands deliver the promise of carbon-neutral growth from 2020 and meet the required sustainability safeguards necessary to achieve it?

Michael Lunter, Senior Policy Advisor, Dutch Directorate-General for Civil Aviation & Maritime Affairs, the Netherlands
Annie Petsonk, International Counsel, Environmental Defense Fund

12:15 – 13:45 Hot Buffet Lunch & Networking, sponsored by:

13:45 – 14:30 Panel Discussion 3:  With the introduction of CORSIA, is it still necessary to include aviation emissions in the EU ETS and national tax regimes?

  • What is the current position of the European Commission on the future of the EU ETS and aviation?
  • Can the EU ETS and CORSIA co-exist post-2020?
  • Is complying with both the EU ETS and CORSIA an unfair burden on airlines and aircraft operators?
  • The case for and against countries introducing or continuing with taxes on aviation emissions

Africa Abajas Bermejillo, Head of Aviation Services, Vertis Environmental Finance
Montserrat Barriga, Director General, European Regions Airline Association
Julie Girling, Member of the European Parliament
Damien Meadows, Adviser, DG CLIMA, European Commission
Andrew Murphy, Aviation Manager, Transport & Environment

Moderator: Christopher Surgenor, Editor, GreenAir Online

14:30 – 15:00 Presentation 3:  Outstanding issues on CORSIA still to be decided at ICAO

Part 1 – Alternative aviation fuels

  • How are sustainable alternative fuels defined as being eligible under CORSIA SARPs?
  • Why have lower-carbon fossil aviation fuels been included as eligible?
  • Why has there been no agreement at ICAO on the criteria principles for sustainable aviation fuels?

Pedro Piris-Cabezas, Senior Economist, Global Climate, Environmental Defense Fund

15:00 – 15:45 Panel Discussion 4:  Outstanding issues on CORSIA still to be decided at ICAO

Part 2 – Emission units

  • What is the current position at ICAO on the eligibility criteria for emissions units?
  • What criteria and types of units would the carbon markets like to see adopted?
  • How do negotiations at UNFCCC affect CORSIA eligibility criteria?

Perumal Arumugam, Team Lead, Sustainable Development Mechanisms Programme, UNFCCC
Gilles Dufrasne, Policy Officer, Carbon Pricing, Carbon Market Watch
Dirk Forrister, President & CEO, International Emissions Trading Association
Margaret-Ann Splawn, Executive Director, Climate Markets & Investment Association

Moderator: Andreas Hardeman, Managing Director, Hardeman Consulting

15:45 – 16:15 Refreshment Break & Networking, sponsored by:

Jeppesen will organise a demonstration of their CORSIA solution in the Wilbur Suite during this break.

16:15 – 16:45 Presentation 4:  How to assess the environmental integrity performance of carbon market programmes

  • Factors affecting the overall GHG emissions outcome from engaging in international carbon market mechanisms
  • Methodological approaches to assess the quality of units from crediting mechanisms and emissions trading systems
  • Road-testing of methodological approaches with example assessments of selected crediting programmes and emissions trading systems

Dr Martin Cames, Head of Energy and Climate Change, Öko-Institut

16:45 – 17:30 Panel Discussion 5:  Engaging the passenger in sustainable travel

  • What is the future for airline passenger carbon offset programmes?
  • What innovations can be introduced to encourage better take-up?
  • How does the travel industry engage with the customer on sustainability?
  • Should the air transport and tourism sectors work closer together on the issue?

Dr Susanne Becken, Professor of Sustainable Tourism and Director of Griffith Institute for Tourism, Griffith University, Australia
Sara Bogdan, Manager of Sustainability & Environmental Social Governance, JetBlue Airways
Kylie Bowen, Sustainability Planning & Communications Manager, TUI Group (TBC)
Kati Ihamäki, Director of Corporate Sustainability, Finnair

Moderator: Andrew Pozniak, Executive Director, Green Aviation

17:30 – 19:30 Cocktail Reception & Networking, sponsored by:

Note: content, timings and speakers are subject to change at any time.