Infrastructure development for supplying clean energy for air travel


Tuesday, 27 July 2021, 9:00 to 11:30 EDT



Clean energies are key to enable the decarbonisation of aviation. Clean energy production, transport and storage are all essential aspects to meet aviation needs. A range of clean energy types of fuels are being considered today by the aviation community, including ''drop-in'' aviation fuels, relying mostly on already existing fuel infrastructure at airports, and ''non drop-in'' aviation fuels, that would require new types of infrastructures. The development of suitable infrastructure at airports is therefore essential for the supply of alternative fuels. These infrastructures must also guarantee similar safety levels as for conventional jet fuels. In addition, to initiate a global aviation transition, developing a global network of infrastructures is crucial in order to allow the supply of new fuels in as many airports as possible.


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Speakers and presentations

Barbara Jinks

Barbara Jinks has over 35 years in the energy industry from greenfield projects to international corporate roles with operators, consultants, construction contractors and industry associations. She now works with IRENA (the International Renewable Energy Agency) where she looks after the topic of the role of green gases in the energy transition. This includes the use of hydrogen to transport renewable energy and the use of the gas grid to deliver biomethane, hydrogen and synthetic methane to essential sectors, including aviation, industry and heavy transport.
Barbara is listed on the Women in Green Hydrogen expert database. She has degrees in engineering, environmental science and commercial law. 

Motohiko Nishimura

Motohiko Nishimura has been Executive Officer, Deputy General Manager of Hydrogen Strategy Division since April 2021.  He joined Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. in 1987 and was engaged in design, research and development on power plant, thermal-hydraulics and combustion. He was appointed as Senior Manager of Thermal Technology Department in 2010 and led R&D on energy plant and system, reciprocal engine, jet engine and so on, including the super charged engine of Ninja-H2R. Then he became Senior Manager of Hydrogen Project Department in 2013 and has been working on business development for hydrogen energy supply chain. He has also served on CO2-free Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain Technology Research Association (HySTRA) since 2016.
Chris Cooper

Chris has over 25 years of Aviation experience which began with his early passion for flying when he began acquiring pilot ratings at a young age. With undergraduate studies from Brigham Young University and Masters of Business Administration from Wesleyan University. Chris advanced his passion professionally working for Chevron Corporation and Phillips 66 in various roles of expanding responsibility ranging from supply and logistics to business and commercial aviation sales & marketing. As Vice President North America for Neste, Chris leads an incomparable team across the Americas in the distribution of Sustainable Aviation Fuel. Chris says, “The future of air travel will be lower emission, it will be sustainable, and it will be powered by sustainable aviation fuel.”
Ingvald Erga
Avinor Norway

Ingvald Erga is Environmental manager at Stavanger Airport Sola (Avinor) and work with a broad range of environmental and innovative issues. He initiated the Elnett21 project at the airport as a first step in preparing for electrification of aviation. This autumn a solarplant (1 MWp) is built as a step on the road to self-sufficiency for the airport and batteries are implemented as storage, backup and peak shaving. 
Other important areas of work are climate certification, energy saving, biodiversity, noise, waste and recycling, discharge permits and environmental monitoring. 
Innovation is important part of the green future and Ingvald has initiated signal element in the story about Stavanger airport like honey production and tomato greenhouse in terminal. And Elnett21 is an important stepping stone for Avinor in materializing the vision that all civil domestic aviation is electric in 2040.
Andrew Giacini

Andrew Giacini currently serves as Skyports’ Regulatory Affairs Lead for the Americas.  In this role he contributes to Federal and industry standards-setting, policy generation, and Skyports’ adherence to Federal and local regulations in its small drone delivery business and its vertiport design, development, and operations business.  

Prior to joining Skyports, Mr. Giacini served, first, as the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Special Assistant for Government and Industry Affairs, and then as the Governmental Affairs and External Outreach Advisor during which time he served on the agency’s Executive Board and performed the duties of the Assistant Administrator for Government and Industry Affairs.  Mr. Giacini was the principal advisor to the FAA Administrator and all FAA Lines of Business as well as the U.S. Secretary of Transportation on any matters concerning Congress, industry groups, and other governmental agencies—Federal, state, and local.  His work included advising the agency on the return the Boeing 737 MAX to service, the U.S. government’s response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.  He also managed the office of Government and Industry Affairs which serves as the primary point of contact for Members of Congress and industry representatives seeking information on FAA policies and programs.

Mr. Giacini previously served as Senior Legislative Assistant to Congressman Jason Lewis, a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Aviation Subcommittee, and before that, as Special Projects Director and Legislative Assistant to Congressman John L. Mica who had chaired the Aviation Subcommittee, the full Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and the Oversight & Government Reform Subcommittee on Transportation and Public Assets.  Outside of transportation and aviation issues, Mr. Giacini also managed energy, telecommunications, natural resources, and technology policy portfolios.

Mr. Giacini holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration (Economics) from the University of Florida.

Cristina Garcia-Duffy

Dr Cristina Garcia Duffy is Head of Technology at the Aerospace Technology Institute with accountability for the sustainability strategy, bringing together UK industry and government to address the environmental impact of the aviation industry. This includes the development of international relationships to progress towards zero net carbon aviation. 

Cristina also leads the development of the UK National Aerospace Technology Strategy, which determines the priorities for government investment in aerospace research & technology (in the order of £150M PA). Over the past 6 years, several editions of the strategy have successfully shaped the future direction of the sector.

Prior to joining the ATI in 2014, Cristina held management positions at Leonardo Helicopters including responsibility for the Company’s UK Advanced Rotorcraft Centres. She also was in the leadership team of Project Zero, which delivered the world’s first electric autonomous tilt-rotor demonstrator aircraft.

Cristina holds a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and an MSc and BSc in Aerospace Engineering from Saint Louis University, both in the USA.

Muthukrishnan M

GMR Group


Dr. M. Muthukrishnan, Head - EHS & Sustainability – Airport Sector, GMR GROUP, having more than 16 years of experience in EHS & Sustainability Management. He is a Chemical Engineer and have done Doctorate in Chemical Engineering in the stream of Separation Technology at IIT Delhi, India and alumnus of IIM Kozhikode, India.

Currently acting as Chair of Airport Council International (ACI) Asia Pacific Region – Environment Committee and member of CII Green Building Council, India and Aeronautical Society of India. He is a certified Course Developer of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and ICAO Safety Management System Professional. Also developed International training program on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and Operation of Airport Infrastructure for ICAO and acting as a Subject Matter Expert (SEM) for Environment Protection and Sustainability development for GMR Airports.

He has written various international publications and books on environment & membrane technology. His leadership focuses are Sustainability Development, Climate Change Mitigations, Green Buildings Development, Conservation Programs, Policy Advocacy and Regularly Enhancements and Awareness creation and Team Development.  

Udo Bradersen

Hamburg Airport 

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​Since 1998 Udo Bradersen is responsible for the certified environmental management system at Hamburg Airport.  All Assignments related to this task relate to, inter alia, development and keeping up to date of manuals and process regulations; execution of internal audits and site inspections; Collection and analysis of environmental data; development of environmental goals and targets; the discussion of environment related legal or mandatory issues. 
Since 2010, this assignment is supplemented by the detailed management of carbon dioxide emissions. This includes the annual determination and documentation of all relevant emissions as well as the determination of reduction concepts. Additional tasks carried out by Udo Bradersen are the development and execution of dispersion calculations of local air pollutants, biological assessments on the airport premises as well as the development and execution of environment related vocational training units for staff members of the airport.

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