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Posts will appear in chronological order with the oldest post appearing at the bottom of this page. Keep checking back for updates and highlights from the Symposium at ICAO Headquarters in Montréal, Canada. For questions or comments on this live blog, please email:

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Thursday February 9, 2017 – 17:03

And that’s all from the ICAO Seminar on Alternative Fuels!  Thank you for checking our live blog, we look forward to next year.

Thursday February 9, 2017 – 16:50

ICAO Environment Deputy Director Jane Hupe with a message to keep in mind as we move forward with our collective commitments to #AltFuels and the environment. #Inspired

Thursday February 9, 2017 – 15:57

Peter Vis was one of our speakers this afternoon. Sessions continue today until 17:00, but the work on #AltFuels & #Sustainability continues on…

Thursday February 9, 2017 – 15:38

The reception area is buzzing during our final coffee break. Inspired discussions fill the room. Thank you to the Centre for International Governance Innovation for sponsoring us this afternoon. #AltFuels #Sustainability

Thursday February 9, 2016 – 15:22

Peter Vis is showing the room some of the targets for the year 2020 in the evolution of the EU BioFuels Policy, including:

  • 10% target for Renewable Energy in Transport for each EU Member State
  • Sustainability criteria following Life-Cycle Analysis
  • Direct Land Use Change effects taken into accounts
  • Minimum 35% GHG saving, increading to minimum 50% GHG saving from 2017

Thursday February 9, 2017 – 15:00

Dr. Lourdes Maurice from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is presenting on the drive towards environmental protection that allows for sustained aviation growth. She says environment and energy goals include:

  • Air quality: reduce significant air quality impacts attributable to aviation
  • Climate: Reduce emissions that impact climate
  • Energy: Develop and deploy alternative aviation fuels

Thursday February 9, 2017 – 14:42

Jane Hupe, ICAO Environment Deputy Director, is now on stage presenting. She’s speaking about the steps to be undertaken in the near future regarding Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA); Council will undertake a review of CORSIA every 3 years from 2022 with due consideration of the contribution of sustainable #AltFuels towards achieving ICAO’s environmental objectives.

Thursday February 9, 2017 – 14:08

ICAO has introduced a popular and effective tool. Try out our Carbon Emissions Calculator. #AltFuels #Sustainability

Thursday February 9, 2017 – 13:52

Don’t forget to forget to follow ICAO on Facebook. Keep up to date with all of our upcoming events and industry developments.

Thursday February 9, 2017 – 13:22

Take a look at this cool video of Bombardier’s test flight. Thank you for your involvement in ISAF2017. #AltFuels #Sustainability #Safety

Thursday February 9, 2017 – 12:52

We caught up with Olav Mosvold Larsen to get his take on the main challenges and successes in the #AltFuels industry, watch what he had to say below:


Thursday February 9, 2017 – 12:32

Charlotte Hardenbol from SkyNRG was one of our last speakers before  lunch. She spoke about ways to unlock the potential for aviation alternative fuels in the long-term; her presentation indicates that engaging stakeholders(governments, airlines, airports, individuals and corporates) in short-term projects is key.

So what can governments do to unlock the potential of sustainable alternative fuels? She highlighted the following:

  • Policy, which will create a level playing field for alternative fuels
  • Fly green, reduce the carbon footprint by flying on sustainable alternative fuels
  • Engage with airports to stimulate a scale-up of sustainable alternative fuels
  • Subsidize, offer funding in the form of grants and subsidies for short-term fuel uptake

Thursday February 9, 2017 – 12:15

The room clears out just in time for lunch. Keep checking in the next little while, we’ll be posting a snippet interview with Olav Mosvold Larsen after the lunch break!

Thursday February 9, 2017 – 12:11

Mena Salib from Air Canada shared a neat tidbit in his presentation about Air Canada not only getting Canadian athletes to the Olympics, but doing so in a #sustainable manner too!


Thursday February 9, 2017 – 11:57

Melissa Hernandez from UNDP is detailing a pilot project to assist in identifying and implementing measures to reduce C02 emissions. The pilot project focuses on 2 airports in Jamaica (Normal Manley and Donald Sangster) and some proposed actions include:

  • The installation of solar panels
  • A converter to transform the solar energy into electricity
  • The acquisition of an electric Pre-Conditioned Air (PCA) unit and an electric Ground Power Unit (GPU)


Thursday February 9, 2017 – 11:19

Be sure to check out our interactive kiosks if you are here with us at ICAO headquarters in Montréal. You can follow the ISAF2017 LIVE BLOG on your computer, tablet or mobile device. #AltFuels #Sustainability

Thursday February 9, 2017 – 11:02

Thank you to all of our early morning speakers on the final day of presentations. Our coffee break is sponsored by Bombardier. #AltFuels #Sustainability

Thursday February 9, 2017 – 10:50

Frederic Eychenne from Airbus is talking BioJet, presenting it as a key measure for reducing aviation-related C02 emissions in the long-term. The issues still lie in the availability and cost of BioJet, but now is the time to take action: create the conditions to scale-up the use of BioJet, propose solutions through strong partnerships, and launch and deliver projects.

Thursday February 9, 2017 – 10:25

Olav Larsen being interviewed for our live blog. Check back to hear him address the challenges and successes of #AltFuels & #Sustainability

Thursday February 9, 2017 – 10:01

Mike Lu (Brazilian Biojetfuel Platform) has the stage now, detailing some of the ways in which Brazil is meeting the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) challenge. Those include:

  • Reforestation with oil bearing species of Brazilian biodiversity
  • Regional highly integrated value chains
  • Food and energy
  • Innovative technology low end feedstock
  • Information technology.


Thursday February 9, 2017 – 9:40

María de la Rica Jiménez from Bioquereseno is presenting the Initiative Towards Sustainable Kerosene for Aviation (ITAKA), a collaborative project that is focused on promoting and creating an efficient supply chain. That chain stretches from supply (biomass cultivation and conversion) right up to demand (airlines and standards).  Jiménez says ITAKA linked supply and demand by connective the full value-chain: feedstock grower, biofuel producer, distributor and airlines.

Thursday February 9, 2017 – 9:17

After a few opening remarks from ICAO Environment Deputy Director Jane Hupe , we are ready to start day 2 of #ISAF.  Nate Brown from Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) is the first speaker, he’s presenting a few details on the Farm to Fly 2.0 (F2F2) Agreement.


Thursday February 9, 2917 – 8:48

Day 2 is about to begin, so keep checking back for live updates from the ICAO Seminar on Alternative Fuels. You can also follow our Twitter account at @ICAO.

Wednesday February 8, 2017 – 17:26

What an amazing DAY 1. Thank you to all our speakers, sponsors and most importantly our attendees. #AltFuels #Sustainability

Wednesday February 8, 2017 – 17:15

Post-symposium reading. IATA’s Director General Alexandre de Juniac touches on CORSIA in his most recent interview with ICAO.

“The new global market-based measure, CORSIA, is not the only solution to aviation and the environment that we are pursuing. It is a part of a solution or package of measures that also involves improvements in technology, modern infrastructure and more efficient operations. Together with CORSIA, these are the elements of our four-pillar strategy to combat climate change.”

read more…

Wednesday February 8, 2017 – 16:56

Michael B. Lakeman from Boeing is talking Industrial Ecology: a framework for designing sustainable industrial systems through analogy to natural ecological systems.

Wednesday February 8, 2017 – 16:32

Snapshots of Laurel Harmon from LanzaTech #AltFuels


Wednesday February 8, 2017 – 16:16

More presentations continue at the ICAO Seminar on #AltFuels, we’re almost done for the day but the sessions along with the live blog will be continuing tomorrow as of 9:00AM.

We’re live blogging the ICAO Seminar on #AltFuels over at #UnitingAviation for the next two days, have a look:

— ICAO (@icao) February 8, 2017

Wednesday February 8, 2017 – 15:30

Time for another coffee break. Thank you to our sponsor NESTE!

Wednesday February 8, 2017 – 15:07

Fokko Kroesen is elaborating on KLM’s Climate Action Plan and their commitment to further reducing their impact on climate change. KLM’s goal is to reduce their carbon footprint by 20% per passenger by 2020 (compared to 2011).

Wednesday February 8, 2017 – 14:48

Watch a snippet of Henrik Erametsa’s presentation on #AltFuels

Wednesday February 8, 2017 – 14:33

Henrik Erametsa from Neste is outlining the preconditions for successful deployment of #AltFuels in his presentation, before delving into more detail about each one.

Wednesday February 8, 2017 – 13:54

Jim Hileman is about to take the stage to start Session 2. Here’s a sneak peek at what he’ll be talking about: how many gallons of alternative fuel were purchased in 2016. #Sustainability #AltFuels

Wednesday February 8, 2017 – 13:03

Matthew Rudolf from SCS Global Services breaks down what a Certification Body actually is:

Independent verifiers for standards

 • Auditors placed around the world trained to audit to different standards

CBs are accredited to offer certain standards:

1) Internal control systems ensure audit quality

2) External accreditation/oversight ensures integrity across CBs

Wednesday February 8, 2017 – 12:49

We caught up with Adam Klauber just before lunch to ask him an important question. Watch this video to see get some answers… #Sustainability #AltFuels

Wednesday February 8, 2017 –  12:41

Daniel Strechay from Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is presenting the organization’s commitment to sustainability and contributing to the achievement of the United Nations Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Wednesday February 8, 2017 – 12:20

Norbert Schmitz from International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) speaking now. ISCC is a global sustainability certification scheme  with currently approx. 90 members. It is used in more than 100 countries for all types of agricultural, forestry and alternative raw materials and products including camelina, canola/rapeseed, cereal, corn, palm, shea, soy, sugarbeet, sugarcane, sunflower, waste & residues and wood.

Wednesday February 8, 2017 – 11:44

We’re just a few moments away from the next session, as participants start to filter back in from the coffee break. #AltFuels

Wednesday February 8, 2017 – 10:45

While you sip your coffee, take some time to watch Bombardier’s video on leadership in eco-design as they share their Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) and the C Series aircraft.

The EPD is a document that is based on verified life cycle assessment (LCA) data. It summarizes and communicates clear and comparable information about the environmental impact of a product at each phase of its life cycle.

Wednesday February 8, 2017 – 10:30

Thank you to all of our early morning speakers. Enjoy this coffee break sponsored by Bombardier. #AltFuels #Sustainability

Wednesday February 8, 2017 – 10:15

Some key issues that are being addressed at the roundtable for #AltFuels:

  •  What is the role of airports in sustainable alternative fuels? To recognize and quantify sustainable jet fuel benefits that include air quality, climate stewardship and price volatility reductions.
  • The price on carbon, and the request for policies that reward fuels that reduce their carbon intensity.
  • It’s not about the amount of biofuel currently available at airports, but about the joint commitment between airports and other aviation stakeholders to play a key role in the deployment of biofuels.

Wednesday February 8, 2017 – 10:02

Our first roundtable. #AltFuels

Wednesday February 8, 2017 – 9:52

A small snippet of ICAO Environment Deputy Director Jane Hupe’s opening remarks. #AltFuels

Wednesday February 8, 2017 –  9:42

ICAO Environment Deputy Director Jane Hupe is showing how 2016 was a historic year for aviation and climate change, in terms of surpassing benchmark number of Action Plans, global certifications for C02 standards for aircraft, and the landmark agreement on the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).


Wednesday February 8, 2017 – 9:21

Opening remarks currently being given by  ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, Keynote Speaker Rachel Kyte, and ICAO Environment Deputy Director Jane Hupe as the seats fill up. #AltFuels


Wednesday February 8, 2017 – 8:31

Participants are starting to arrive and more people are registering, we’re almost under way at the ICAO Seminar on Alternative Fuels. Keep checking this live blog for continuous updates!

Wednesday February 8, 2017 – 7:41

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