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Low carbon jet fueL: The INDUSTRY FLIGHT PATH

26 February to 27 February 2013 @ AIRSHOW2013

LOCATION: Low Carbon Jet Fuel: The Industry Flight Path
will be held in Conference Room 4, Conference and Function Centre
Australian International Air Show and Aerospace and Defence Exposition
Avalon Airport, Beach Road, Lara Victoria 3212

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Chair: Susan Pond AM FTSE
Australian Initiative for Sustainable Aviation Fuels

Commercial aviation is critical to national and international trade, transport and economic growth. Demand for capacity is projected to increase about five-fold by 2050 from the 2005 base.

Growth is not possible without mitigating the environmental impact of the additional air traffic by the introduction of energy efficiency and low carbon fuel options.

Thus, the international and Australian aviation industries are engaging with the whole supply chain to secure commercial supply of sustainable jet fuel that is interchangeable with kerosene.

To highlight the most promising near and medium term opportunities for the production of sustainable jet fuel, the Australian Initiative for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (AISAF) is hosting the Low Carbon Jet Fuel: The Industry Flight Path Conference in partnership with AIRSHOW 2013 and the United States Studies Centre.

The Conference will feature the high-level international and national industry leaders.

International Speakers:

  • Richard Altman, Executive Director Emeritus, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative

  • Frederic Eychenne, New Energies Programme Manager, Environmental Affairs, Airbus

  • Jennifer Holmgren, CEO Lanzatech

  • Michael Lakeman, The Boeing Company

  • Jim Lane, Editor & Publisher, Biofuels Digest and BioBased Digest

  • James Rekoske, Vice President and General Manager of the Renewable Energy and Chemical Business Unit, Honeywell

  • Karl Seck, CEO Mercurius Biofuels

  • Joelle Simonpietri, Senior Analyst, US Pacific Command Energy Office

  • Jeff Steiner, National Program Leader, Biomass Production Systems, USDA

  • Cindy Thyfault, CEO Westar Trade Resources.

National Speakers:

  • Robert Boyd, Principal Economic Adviser, Virgin Australia

  • Heather Brodie, Director Communications, Manildra Group

  • Drew Clarke, Secretary of Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism

  • Ian Guss, Manager, Biofuels Industry & Regional Development, Victoria

  • Victoria Haritos, Stream Leader, Biofuels, Energy Transformed Flagship, CSIRO

  • Daniel Klein-Marchushamer, Director Technoeconomic Analysis, AIBN University of Queensland

  • Susan Pond, Chair Australian Initiative for Sustainable Aviation Fuels

  • Steve Rogers, Business Development Manager, Licella

  • Paul Turnbull, Woody Crops Program Leader, Future Farm Industries CRC

  • John Valastro, Head of Risk & Resilience, Qantas Airways Limited



Establishing a national SAF industry is a strategic priority for the Australian Government and Australian airlines. The country has the capacity to grow and aggregate feedstocks sustainably from a variety of sources and to develop all of the components of the supply chain. There is much to be done to achieve transformative outcomes.

The Australian Initiative for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (AISAF), a public-private coalition, was inaugurated on 08 August 2012 ( to bring together Australian leaders in the aviation industry and the SAF supply chain.

AISAF objectives are to:

  • promote and drive the development of the SAF industry in Australia
  • capture the country's competitive advantages and address its particular constraints
  • undertake collaborative work under the Memorandum of understanding on SAF signed by Australia and the USA on 13 September 2011, and
  • work collaboratively with other international partners.

Details about how to register for the Conference will be posted in early January 2013.


To improve understanding of all facets of the United States, then Prime Minister John Howard announced the creation of a $25 million endowment to establish a United States Studies Centre.

Since opening its doors at the University of Sydney in 2008, the US Studies Centre has taken significant strides towards its ambition of becoming the leading institution outside America for the study of the United States.

The US Studies Centre is a unique institution matching a full program of teaching, research and research training with a commitment to influencing policy making, business development and public debate in Australia and the US through international collaboration, action-oriented analysis, media commentary and high visibility public programming.

Contact Details
United States Studies Centre (USSC)
Institute Building (H03),
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The University of Sydney
NSW 2006
Telephone: +61 2 9351 7249

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