ATW’s 5th Annual Eco-Aviation Conference & Awards Ceremony - 2012

Jun 20, 2012 - Jun 21, 2012


Washington, DC
United States

ATW Announces Winners of First Annual Eco-Aviation Awards!

View Video's of the 2012 Award Recipients

ATW’s editorial staff announced the six winners of the First Annual Eco-Aviation Awards, where we honored those companies who are demonstrating leadership in the field of eco-aviation. The Ceremony took place on 21 June 2012, at the conclusion of ATW’s 5th Annual Eco-Aviation Conference held at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Crystal City, VA (across the street from Reagan National Airport).  Click here to see the winners and view the full press release. To learn more about the Awards process, award descriptions, and nomination information click here.

ATW’s 5th Annual Eco-Aviation Conference

ATW’s Annual Eco-Aviation Conference was the first and still is the only conference in North America devoted to addressing a broad spectrum of topics arising from commercial aviation’s impact on the environment. Attendees to this one day event include high-level executives in the airline industry and those interested in supplying eco-solutions to the air transport industry.

ATW’s 5th Annual Eco-Aviation Conference looked at the strategies and technologies being implemented by the air transport industry as it strives to create a greener, sustainable future.

Panel 1: The Real Financial Impact of Higher Fuel and Higher Taxes

As the environment becomes a playground for governments to find new revenue streams via regulations and taxes such as EU ETS, what are the effects of these taxes and regulations? Do they reduce emissions, or do they have the opposite effect? How fast can the airlines acquire sustainable and affordable biofuels?

  • John Heimlich, Vice President & Chief Economist, Airlines for America (A4A)
  • Gűnter Hőrmandinger, First Counselor – Environment, Delegation of the European Union to UnitedStates of America
  • Nico Buchholz, Executive Vice President, Lufthansa Group Fleet Management
  • Hitoshi Kawahara, Vice President, Alliances & Regulatory Affairs, All Nippon Airways


Panel 2: The Drive Toward More Efficient Infrastructure and Operations

Efficiency improvements in operations are critical. So far, programs like RNP, Aspire have moved efficiency in the right direction. Nevertheless, are ATM programs delivering what they promised? How realistic are the goals of NextGen and SESAR, and what type of political support and investment is necessary to make them happen? What factors will truly drive operational efficiencies?

  • Dan Elwell, Vice President, Civil Aviation, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)
  • Julie Oettinger, Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs and Environment, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Bobbi Wells, Managing Director – Air Operations Planning & Analysis, FedEx Express
  • Larry Williams, President & CEO, BRS Aerospace

Panel 3: The Technology Promise: A Holistic Industry Approach

What is industry R&D most focused on to achieve the global standards goals? What are the biggest technological challenges, the most promising research and test efforts? Which developments are likely to come to the forefront in the next 5-10 years? What is the industry doing collaboratively, and are more partnerships needed?

  • Larry  Gray, Director – AirplaceEconomics and Environment, Commercial Engines & Global Services Marketing, Pratt &  Whitney
  • Michael Hurd, Director, Environmental Strategy, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
  • Bruce Parry, Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Bombardier Aerospace
  • Paul Randall, Strategic Marketing Manager – Future Programmes, Rolls-Royce
  • Michaela Vanova, Technical Marketing Analyst, Airbus

Panel 4: Shaping the Global Environment Through Standards

How are all the merging standards fitting into the ICAO framework? What are the key developments and how have they influenced the market? What’s the progress on a global framework?

  • Matt Carr, PhD, Managing Director, Policy, Industrial and Environmental Section, Biotechnical Industry Organization (BIO)
  • Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, LanzaTech
  • Nancy Young, Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Airlines for America (A4A)

Panel 5: The Green Revolution as a Business Strategy

What does it mean to truly be a “Green” Airline or Airport? How does it drive boardroom thinking? Is it a customer differentiator? How can it become a revenue creator as well as an environmental compliance?

  • Robert Callahan, President, Flight Sciences International
  • Katherine B. Preston, Director, Environmental Affairs, Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA)
  • Kristoffer Russell, Senior Environmental Affairs, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
  • Carol Sim, Director, Environmental Affairs, Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air
  • Marilee McInnis, Southwest Airlines

Keynote Address
Nancy Young
Vice President, Environmental Affairs
Airlines for America (A4A)

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