ATW’s 6th Annual Eco-Aviation Conference and Awards Dinner

Sep 11, 2013 - Sep 12, 2013


Westin City Center, Washington D.C.
United States


Realizing Sustainability and Efficiency

ATW’s 6th Annual Eco-Aviation Conference & Awards will focus on overall sustainability, affordability and overcoming political hurdles within the air transport industry, particularly those social, economic and environmental developments that will improve and have a lasting effect on the industry’s future environmental performance.

ATW’s Annual Eco-Aviation Conference continues to address issues of concern related to commercial aviation’s impact on the environment. The format is structured to encourage debate and an interactive forum between the panel and the audience.

September 11

6:30 - 8:30  p.m.  Welcome Reception - sponsored by:


September 12

Schedule :

7.30 am - 8.30 am: Networking Breakfast - sponsored by:

8.30 am: Welcome

ATW, Group Publisher, William A. Freeman

8.40 am: Introduction

ATW, Editor-in-Chief, Karen Walker

8.45 am – 9.30 am: Keynote Address

Airlines for America (A4A), VP Environmental Affairs, Nancy Young

9.30 am - 10.30 am: Panel 1 - Turning Blue Skies to Green: Airline & Airport Eco-Endeavors

Airlines and airports are ramping up their eco-programs, making them central to their business plan. How does government regulation help or hinder these efforts? What is the likelihood of a global emissions trading standard being achieved? How can airlines and airports work together to help each other become more efficient?

  • Airports CounciI International-North America, Environmental Affairs Director, Katherine Preston
  • Airlines for America (A4A), Chief Economist, John Heimlich
  • Aerospace Industries Association, Director of Environmental Policy, Leslie Riegle
  • United Airlines Managing Director Global Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, Jimmy Samartzis

Moderator :  ATW, Senior Editor, Aaron Karp

10.30 am – 11.00 am: Morning Break - sponsored by :


11.00 am – 11.45 am: Second Keynote

Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), Executive Director, Steve Csonka

11.45am – 12.30 pm: Panel 2 - The Quest for Sustainable Biofuels

Oil prices are expected to remain at or near to all-time highs, making the search for sustainable, affordable alternative fuels more critical.  Which alternative solutions demonstrate most potential for commercial aircraft operations? How does the airline industry’s biofuels’ endeavors compare with those of the automobile and other industries? 

  • Solena Fuels, President and CEO, Dr. Robert T. Do
  • ICF, International Senior Associate, Erika H. Myers
  • Qantas Airways, Group Manager, Environment & Sustainable Fuel, Flyn van Ewijk
  • Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), Executive Director, Steve Csonka

Moderator: ATW, Editor-in-Chief, Karen Walker


12.30 pm – 1.30 pm: Luncheon- sponsored by:

1.30 pm – 2.15 pm: Panel 3 - Green Industry Partnerships: Collaborative Partnerships that Achieve Efficiencies

Industry, airlines, alternative fuel source providers and associations are increasingly working together and forming teams that combine expertise and resources to meet the growing demands for greater eco-aviation operations. What are the main goals and key ingredients to a successful eco-partnership?

  • Boeing, Managing Director of Environment Strategy and Integration, Julie Felgar
  • Air Canada, Director Environmental Affairs, Teresa Ehman
  • Airbus Vice President Marketing Mary Prettyman

Moderator: ATW, Editor-in-Chief, Karen Walker

2.15 pm – 3.00 pm: Third keynote

Matt Carr, Managing Director, Industrial & Environmental Section, Biotechnology Industry Organization

3.00 pm - 3.30 pm: Coffee Break

3.30 pm – 4.15 pm: Panel 4 - Finding the Edge: Technology’s Path to Efficient Operations

Examining cutting-edge technologies that are in research & development, or which are beginning to enter service on the tarmac or onboard airliners and which are making a difference to fuel and emissions consumption.

  • Rolls-Royce, Strategic Marketing Manager, Paul Randall
  • airberlin Vice President Environment and Infrastructure, Hermann Lindner
  • WheelTug CEO Isaiah Cox
  • UK NATS, Head of Environmental & Community Affairs, Ian Jopson

Moderator: ATW, Senior Editor, Aaron Karp

4.15 pm – 4.30 pm: Conference wrap

ATW, Group Publisher, William A. Freeman

6.00 pm: Networking Reception - sponsored by:


7.00 pm: Dinner

8.25 pm: Award presentations

9.15 pm: Conclude

Awards  - NEW! Award Winners Announced!

In 2013, ATW will hold its second annual Eco-Aviation Gala dinner and Awards to reward environmental excellence. This takes place at the conclusion of the Eco-Aviation Conference to honor those companies who are demonstrating leadership in the field of eco-aviation:

• Eco-Airline of the Year
• Eco-Technology of the Year
• Eco-Pioneer of the Year
• Eco-Partnership of the Year


To learn more about the Awards process, award descriptions, and nomination information click here.



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