aireg - Sustainable Aviation Fuel Conference 2019

17th and 18th of October 2019

Conference overview


Aviation is a growth industry. In the coming decades an increasing amount of people worldwide will choose airplanes for travel and transport. The aviation industry faces significant environmental and climate challenges. Combined with a limitedness of fossil feedstocks, it is imperative that aviation preemptively finds alternatives to kerosene used today. Synthetic fuels play an important role in this effort. The aim should be for manufacturers, airlines, airports and political entities to reach joint agreements on how synthetic aviation fuels can be produced and used in a competitive manner.

Kerosene from renewable energy sources is still a niche product in aviation today. One reason for this is that Kerosene cannot yet be produced at competitive costs. To further the market integration of alternative fuels for aviation, legislators must provide financial market introduction support. Current market and production conditions do not allow production at competitive prices to be expected in the coming years.

Our goal is to facilitate the development of sustainable, alternative fuels for the aviation market at comepetetive prices.

This topic will be the focus of discussions between 200 national and international leaders from politics, business and science.


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Program information

The conference is a two day international conference with 200 participants from, Europe, USA, Australia, Africa, Brazil, and India. The conference will be held in English and moderated by Cord Schellenberg, a journalist and aviation expert.

Format: Moderated panel discussions with keynote speeches and subsequent discussion including the conference topics.

You can find program changes under


Press Conference

(invited press only)

Steve Csonka, CAAFI Executive Director

N.N., DHL Group

Jürgen Ringbeck, CEO, Ricon GmbH

Martin Kaltschmitt, Vice-Chair, aireg


Opening Event


Cord Schellenberg

Andreas Scheuer, Federal Transport Minister (invited)
Deutsche Post/DHL (tbc)



Panel Airports –
Are they prepared?

Impulse: Hermann Blomeyer, Head of Environment, Munich Airport

Melinda Pagliarello, Director, Environmental Affairs, ACI-NA

Lena Wennberg, Manager Sustainability and Environmental, Swedavia (invited)

Jan Eike Hardegen, Deputy Head Environment Department, Hamburg Airport

N.N., Changi Airport

15:20Panel Agencies/Associations -
The regulatory framework

Impulse: N.N., A4A


Jane Hupe, Chief Environmental Unit, ICAO (invited)


Norbert Schmitz, Managing Director, ISCC

16:20Panel Airlines -
The end-user perspective

Impulse: Kay Kratky, President, aireg
Markus Otto, Managing Director, EAT

Aaron Robinson, Senior Manager Environmental Strategy and Sustainability, United Airlines (invited)

Juergen Wiese, Chairman of the Board, EBAA

Arja Suominen, SVP Communications and Corporate Responsibility, Finnair

17:20Networking Break 


Evening event – Moderator: Cord Schellenberg

18:00Dialogue discussion

Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary, Federal Environment Ministry

Wolfgang Langhoff, CEO, BP Europa SE

Steffen Bilger, Part. State Secretary, Federal Transport Ministry (tbc)




get-together reception 
08:00WelcomeSiegfried Knecht, CEO, aireg

Moderator: Henrik Erämetsä, Vice-Chair, aireg

09:00Special Remarks

Peter Vanacker, CEO, Neste


Steve Csonka, Executive Director, CAAFI

09:45Panel Biomass/MSW -
What aviation should take on today

Impulse: Bruno Miller, Managing Director, Fulcrum

Jenny Walther-Thoß, Speaker, "Sustainable Biomass", WWF

Henrik Wareborn, CEO, Velocys

Jonathan Male, Director Bioenergy Technologies Office, Department of Energy

Jackson Gerard, Director Biofuels Investment, Queensland (invited)

10:45Networking Break 
11:15Panel Power-to-Liquid:
The most sustainable option?

Impulse: Christian Küchen, Director General, MWV

N.N., Sunfire

Arthur Heberle, VP Innovation, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems

Stefan Weber, Head of Technology and Design, MTU

Mark Misselhorn, Executive Director, Caphenia

12:15Panel Science/Research -
R&T offers and possible breakthroughs

Impulse: Martin Kaltschmitt, Dean Process Engineering Faculty, TU Hamburg


Peter Pfeifer, Leader Gas and Multiphase Catalysis, KIT

Harry Lehmann, Head Environmental Planning and Sustainability Strategies, UBA

Jonathan Holladay, Head Energy and Environment Directorate, PNNL

13:15Lunch Break 
14:15Warming upSiegfried Knecht, CEO, aireg
14:20Panel Countries Strategies

Impulse: Norbert Barthle, Parl. State Secretary, BMZ

N.N., India

Roman Breuer, Head of Business Development, Bauer Resources GmbH

N.N., Cameroon/Ghana

N.N., Brasil

15:20Future Perspective -
Zero Emission Fuels?
Manfred Aigner, President, aireg
15:45Conference ends 




aireg - Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany e.V. was founded in 2011 as an association of companies and organizations from industry, research and science.
The members come from all areas of the value chain of renewable energies for aviation: This ranges from research at universities and large research institutions, plant manufacturers and operators, biorefineries, the petroleum industry, engine and aircraft manufacturers, government organizations, non-governmental organizations and airports to airlines. The industrial members cover a broad international spectrum from start-ups to large corporations.

aireg e.V. and its members are the competence center for sustainable aviation fuels and the initiative for kerosene from renewable energies in Germany. With the international "Conference for sustainable aviation fuel 2019" we provide national and international participants and speakers a venue for exchange and networking.



As a non-profit initiative, aireg e.V. is committed to the availability and use of renewable energies in aviation in order to achieve the ambitious CO₂ reduction targets of the aviation industry.

aireg e.V. is committed to climate and environmentally friendly aviation. With our members, we bundle know-how from many years of experience in industry, business and science in the field of aviation within and outside Germany.



Your contact for all press related inquiries and topics:

Melanie Form, Member of the Executive Board, General Manager of Operations aireg e.V.



aireg - Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany e.V., Bundesratufer 10, 10555 Berlin, Germany



Host Information

aireg - Sustainable Aviation Fuel Conference 2019

October 17, 2019 - 11:30 to 18:00 (includes subsequent evening event 18:50 // get-together // dinner)

October 18, 2019 - 08:30 to 15:45


Hotel Novotel Berlin
Straße des 17. Juni 106-108
10623 Berlin
Tel: +49 30 600 350


Please register by 30.09.2019 at the latest. After registering via paypal (especially for credit card payments) or by entering your account details you will receive an invoice. After receipt of the participation fee you will receive your ticket via email, which entitles you to admission and participation.

After the event you will receive an access code to download the event documents.

To stay up to date with adjustments to the program please visit our website


250 Euro
  • ends 22. August 2019

Regular Ticket

350 Euro
  • from 23. August 2019

Discounted Ticket

100 Euro
  • for students*

*Students will only be admitted to the conference upon presentation of their valid student ID.

The participation fee must be transferred to the following bank account after registration and after receipt of the subsequent invoice.

aireg e.V. - Conference 2019

Commerzbank AG

IBAN DE38 1004 0000 0210 2606 00



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For content-related questions
Melanie Form


For logistical support
Karoline Kaestner

aireg e.V. Bundesratufer 10, 10555 Berlin

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