SAF Investor London 2024

February 27th & 28th | Royal Garden Hotel, London

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SAF Investor London 2024 
February 27th and 28th, 2024

 

The widespread adoption of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is no longer an engineering challenge.

It is an economic one.

New technologies now need to prove they can scale up and meet the industry’s need for billions of dollars of capital that are required to have any chance of reaching 2050 targets.

Investors want certainty. They need to know that: future demand is strong; feedstock supply is stable; the economics of production work; and lawmakers will provide clear, stable regulation. SAF Investor London 2024 will examine all of these issues.

The conference will bring together innovators and customers, financiers and regulators, suppliers and advisers.

SAF Investor London 2024 is not about arguing the case for sustainable aviation fuel. It is about bringing the dealmakers together who can make change happen.

This two-day conference will be structured with TED-style presentations, interactive panel discussions, Q&A, audience polling, and fireside chats – broken up with plenty of networking time over coffee breaks, lunches and cocktail receptions. 

If you’re interested in speaking or promoting your company to our audience please email [email protected]


The SAF Investor Awards 2023 will take place on February 27. More information here.

Speakers


Agenda

Day One

08.00 Morning Refreshments and Registration

09.00 Opening Remarks
Alasdair Whyte, SAF Investor

09.10 Forecasting SAF production and demand until 2050
SAF supply and demand in 2023
What will be the key pathways?
Will there be enough investment?
What will SAF cost?
Will aviation get to NetZero by 2050?
Moderator: Shashank Nigam, Founder & CEO, Simpliflying
Chris Brown,  Partner Aviation Strategy & Global Chair, Future of Flight, KPMG

Jan Wille, EMEA Aerospace & Defense Leader, PwC Strategy&
Nikhil Sachdeva, Principal, Roland Berger

09.50 Book and Claim: making sure there is enough to go round
Meeting transparency standards
unlocking SAFs economic potential
Is it just a means to an end?
Gene Gebolys, CEO, World Energy

10.10 Gulfstream Aerospace: The OEM role in scaling and promoting SAF
Can business aviation to be a catalyst for SAF
Educating the operator and promoting the use of SAF
Supporting the path to 100% SAF
Business aviation’s role in R&D of new SAF technologies
Moderator: Maureen Gautier, Sustainability & Future Workforce Manager, EBAA 
Scott Evans, Gulfstream Aerospace

10.30 Morning Coffee

11.00 Uptake agreements: The race for SAF
Do customers need to sign offtake agreements now?
How can smaller carriers get supply?
Do agreements need to be standardised?
How much do off-take agreements matter to investors?
Moderator: Jonathan Pardoe, Fuel Consultant, Star Alliance Services
Yvonne Moynihan, Chief Corporate & ESG Officer, Wizz Air
Dana Kaplinski, Managing Director of SAF, Delta Air Lines
Thomas Fowler, Director of Sustainability & Finance, Ryanair

11.40 Removing price uncertainty
Learning from energy Contracts for Difference
How would a SAF scheme work?
Why caps are is especially important for second and third generation SAF
Subsidies versus price mechanisms?
Should schemes be private or public
When could price mechanisms happen?
Ingrid Holmes, Executive Director, Green Finance Institute

12.00 E-fuels: getting from innovation to development
How do you stand out?
Finding early investors
Who will fund development?
Moderator: Ausilio Bauen, Partner, ERM Group
Andrew Symes, Co-Founder & CEO, OXCCU

Nanna Baldvinsdóttir, Co-Founder, Idunnh2
Andy McNeill, Business Development Manager, Arcadia eFuels
Alex Chikhani, Founder & CEO, CirculAIRity
Saurabh Kapoor, CEO, Metafuels

12.40 Lunch hosted by Gulfstream Aerospace

13.50 Finding early-stage investors
How can you pick winners?
Strategic investors versus pure venture capital?
How important is sustainability when investing?
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, SAF Investor
Nicole Sautter, Director of Global Sustainability, AMEX GBT 
Anahita Smeets, Vice President, Rock Creek 
Patrikas Feiferas, Investment Associate, Contrarian Ventures
Matt Ridley, Investment Principal, International Airlines Group

14.30 Wizz Air: SAF on a budget
Challenges for low cost carriers
Ensuring supply in a point to point model
robust offtakes and investments
Yvonne Moynihan, Chief Corporate & ESG Officer, Wizz Air

14.50 Trash talking: Municipal waste
Understanding the economics
Why one man’s waste is another man’s treasure
Feedstock competition with power generation  
Moderator: Wayne Hitchings, Sustainability Services, Accenture
Diana Rakow, SVP, Public Affairs and Sustainability, Alaska Air
Mike Hancock, Chairman, Avioxx
Noaman Al Adhami, UK Country Head, Alfanar Projects

15.30 Afternoon Tea

15.55 Can business aviation lead the way?
Are business jet users less price sensitive?
Does book and claim make more sense than delivering to smaller airports?
How can business aviation companies support producers before commercialisation?
How can the industry place off-take agreements?
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, SAF Investor
Kennedy Ricci, President, 4Air

Toby Edwards, Managing Director, Victor
Mike Winston, Chairman, Jet AI
Nicola-Jane Sellers, Group Sustainability Manager, Luxaviation

16.35 Let’s talk excrement
Harnessing true waste
How far can sewage take us
The opportunity for Waste Water Treatment Plants
Moderator: Oscar Henderson, SAF Investor
James Hygate, Co-Founder & CEO, Firefly Green Fuels

16.55 What role can aircraft lessors and financiers play?
How significant an investment group are lessors?
Should leasing companies sign off-take agreements?
SAF and the EU finance taxonomy
Moderator: Natasha Mann, Founder & CEO, Future Energy Global
Ulrike Ziegler, President of the Board of Directors, Impact on Sustainable Aviation
Gerald Wienke, Head of Transport & Logistics, DAL Deutsche Anlagen-Leasing
Michael Halaby, Head of Aviation Advisory, MUFG Bank

17.30 SAF Investor Deal of the Year Awards 2023
Awarded to the most significant SAF transactions.

17.55 Closing Remarks
Alasdair Whyte, SAF Investor

18.00 Cocktail Reception

Sponsors

Event Partner

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. invented the first purpose-built business jet in 1958, and today, more than 3,000 aircraft are in service around the world. With parent company General Dynamics, Gulfstream consistently invests in the future, dedicating resources to researching and developing innovative new aircraft, technologies and services. Gulfstream’s comprehensive fleet includes the Gulfstream G280™, Gulfstream G650™ and Gulfstream G650ER™, and a next-generation family of aircraft including the Gulfstream G400™, Gulfstream G500™, Gulfstream G600™, Gulfstream G700™ and Gulfstream G800™. All are backed by Gulfstream’s Customer Support network and its worldwide team. Visit our website at www.gulfstream.com.

Sponsors

Airbus pioneers sustainable aerospace for a safe and united world. The Company constantly innovates to provide the most efficient and technologically-advanced solutions in aerospace, defence, and connected services. In commercial aircraft, Airbus offers the most modern and fuel-efficient airliners. Airbus is also a European leader in defence and security and one of the world's leading space businesses. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.
Airbus approaches sustainability by respecting the planet, valuing people and enabling prosperity. These guiding principles are embedded in our operations and activities
4AIR is an industry pioneer offering sustainability solutions designed exclusively for business aviation. In 2023, 4AIR launched the Assure SAF Registry, a blockchain-based digital platform for managing and tracking Sustainable Aviation Fuel. Assure enables an auditable and traceable supply chain, necessary for claiming the regulatory and voluntary benefits of SAF, for both physical and book and claim transactions.
Learn more at www.assuresafregistry.com.
Carbon Neutral Fuels is a technology integrator aiming to produce sustainable fuels for hard-to-decarbonise industries, including the aviation and maritime sectors.

Our ambition is to provide a sustainable replacement to fossil fuels by leveraging the groundbreaking advances made in carbon dioxide removal and fuel synthesis approaches. We will deploy novel technologies to sequester excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and use clean hydrogen to make synthetic fuels that replace fossil fuels.
Future Energy Global is an integrity-led financial services company that has developed an innovative Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) pre-purchasing ecosystem that accelerates the flow of capital to meet aviation’s net-zero goals. As the Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Natasha leads a world-class team of aviation, finance and climate experts to accelerate the production and uptake of SAF. She previously worked at GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), formerly the world’s largest aircraft lessor, for 15 years as the Head of Portfolio Strategy, Product Strategy, and Product Marketing. Prior to that Natasha held various sales, marketing and engineering positions with Airbus and Fairchild Dornier
Gevo’s mission is to transform renewable energy and carbon into energy-dense liquid hydrocarbons. These liquid hydrocarbons can be used for drop-in transportation fuels such as gasoline, jet fuel, and diesel fuel, that when burned have potential to yield net-zero greenhouse gas emissions when measured across the full lifecycle of the products. Gevo uses low-carbon renewable resource-based carbohydrates as raw materials and is in an advanced state of developing renewable electricity and renewable natural gas for use in production processes, resulting in low-carbon fuels with substantially reduced carbon intensity (the level of greenhouse gas emissions compared to standard petroleum fossil-based fuels across their lifecycle). Gevo’s products perform as well or better than traditional fossil-based fuels in infrastructure and engines, but with substantially reduced greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to addressing the problems of fuels, Gevo’s technology also enables certain plastics, such as polyester, to be made with more sustainable ingredients. Gevo’s ability to penetrate the growing low-carbon fuels market depends on the price of oil and the value of abating carbon emissions that would otherwise increase greenhouse gas emissions. Gevo believes that it possesses the technology and know-how to convert various carbohydrate feedstocks through a fermentation process into alcohols and then transform the alcohols into renewable fuels and materials, through a combination of its own technology, know-how, engineering, and licensing of technology and engineering from Axens North America, Inc., which yields the potential to generate project and corporate returns that justify the build-out of a multi-billion-dollar business.
Gevo believes that Argonne National Laboratory GREET model is the best available standard of scientific based measurement for life cycle inventory or LCI.
Jet AI is working towards a seamless experience for aviation operators and customers powered by natural language processing and advanced fleet logistics optimizations.
TruAlt Bioenergy stands as one of Asia’s largest biofuels companies and India's first
integrated biofuels company, with a proud connection to 350,000 farmers. We take
immense pride in our position as one of Asia's largest producers of 1G Ethanol, with a
capacity of 2 million litres/day, and as trailblazers in establishing one of India's first
Compressed Bio-Gas (CBG) plants. We aim to strengthen the CBG network by setting up
24 more units with a total capacity of 82.5 million kgs/annum
Looking ahead, we are set to push the boundaries by venturing into the production of 2G
Bioethanol and Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Notably, our SAF initiative will chart new
horizons as one of India's first SAF plants operating on a commercial scale in the
immediate future.
Our consolidated efforts exhibit a resolute commitment to sustainability, reflecting
steadfast dedication to making substantive contributions to the advancement of India's
renewable energy landscape. Our purpose is fostering a circular economy, empowering
agriculture, strengthening local communities, addressing environmental issues, and
making sustainability a tangible reality.

Association Partner

IBAC promotes the growth of business aviation, benefiting all sectors of the industry and all regions of the world.
As a non-profit, international trade association, IBAC proudly represents the interests of business aviation -- for the industry, by the industry -- through its official observer status at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), worldwide advocacy, and globally recognized, voluntary safety standards programmes: the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO™), and the International Standard for Business Aviation Handlers (IS-BAH™).

Media Partners

Attendees

Created to bring producers, end users, banks and finance arrangers, technology providers, lawyers, venture capital and private equity, institutional investors and hedge funds, consultants, NGOs and academics, aircraft financiers and lessors airports and fuel providers, insurance brokers & underwriters as well as auditors & certification together to find the way the industry can feasibly meet the industry’s pathway to Net Zero. 

Attendees include:

360Af | 4AIR | A Trade Comm | AAA Oils & Fats Pte | Air bp | Air Canada | Air Charter Service | Air France – KLM Group | Airbus | Airbus Corporate Jets | AJW, IncA | Alaska Airlines | Alder Renewables | Alfanar Projects | Altair | AMEX GBT | Arcadia eFuels | Aspen Group | ATMI – TotalEnergies | Avioxx | Axens | Azzera | BioCarbon Strategies | Blunomy | BNP Paribas | BOMBARDIER | Breakthrough Energy | Broadmanor Consulting | Carbon Neutral Fuels | CBR Sustainability Partners | Chevron | CirculAIRity | Clifford Chance LLP | Climate Investment | Contrarian Ventures | Course Correction Consulting LTD | Cranmore Partners | DAL Deutsche Anlagen-Leasing | Deloitte | Delta Air Lines | DG Fuels | EdyMac, LLC | Embraer | ENEOS Corporation | Equinor ASA | ERM Group, Inc | Essential Jet Solutions | European Bank for Reconstruction and Development | European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) | Falko | Finnair | Firefly Green Fuels | Flexjet | Freelance for Aviation Week | Future Energy Global | Gevo | Green Finance Institute | Gulfstream Aerospace | Haffner Energy | HCS Group GmbH | Hexas | Hinicio | IATA | Idunnh2 | Impact-On-Sustainable-Aviation | Infinium | International Airlines Group | International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) | International SOS | Jet.AI | Jetzero | JetZero.TV (The TRUE story of sustainable aviation) | John Crane | Johnson Matthey | KBR | KLM | KPMG | Lanzajet | Latvenergo | Leto Partners | Lloyds Banking Group | Luxaviation Group | Marathon Capital | Martyn Fiddler Aviation | McDermott International Inc. | Metafuels | Mindset | MUFG Bank | Muzinich & Co. | Nabors Industries Ltd | National Business Aviation Association | Neste | New Energy Risk | Nova Pangaea Technologies | OMV | Oneiros Aerospace Ireland Limited | OXCCU | PA Consulting Services Ltd | Phycobloom | PwC | Strategy& | Real Response Media | Renewable Transport Fuel Association (RTFA) | Repsol | Resource Wise | RockCreek | Roland Berger | Rolls-Royce | Royce Lynch | Ryanair | SABIC | SAF+ International Group | Sata Internacional – Azores Airlines | SIF Consulting Ltd | Sightline Climate | SimpliFlying | SkyNRG | SOUTH POLE | Star Alliance Services | Sumitomo Corporation | Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing | Summit Next Gen | Sustainable Times | Sustineri Fuels | Svenskt Industriflyg AB | Technip Energies | Titan Fuels | Topsoe | True North Leaders Ltd | Velocys | Victor | Virent | Willis Lease Finance Corporation | Wizz Air | World Energy | World Fuel Services Corporation

 

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