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Join: RSB Aviation Biofuel Summit | 20 March 2018

Developing a sustainable aviation industry in Ethiopia and beyond.

RSB partners with Boeing to lead the sustainable development of aviation biofuels in Africa


Location:   Hilton Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Date:          Tuesday 20th March 2018

Time:          Full day (09h00 – 17h00)

Agenda:     Download here

In a first for the continent, Addis Ababa in Ethiopia will play host to an RSB Aviation Biofuel Summit in March. Generously sponsored by the Boeing Company, this not-to-be-missed summit will bring together local, regional and international leaders from the aviation industry and government who are driving the development of a sustainable aviation biofuels in the region.

The summit will provide an overview of aviation biofuels, and share global experience and best practice. It will also provide a practical platform for the exchange of knowledge on feedstock opportunities and biofuel production, while strengthening local, regional and global co-operation. We will work together to uncover research and development potential for aviation biofuels in Ethiopia.

With experts joining us from the aviation industry and across the biofuel production supply chain, this practical and extensive forum aims to help unlock the doors of sustainable biofuel production in Africa. Speakers from organisations including International Air Transport Association (IATA)The Boeing CompanySkyNRG, and Lanzatech will share global best practice and their own experiences – exchanging knowledge and the potential for the development of a truly sustainable aviation industry in the region – as well as discussing both regional and global market trends, drivers, technologies and policies. The RSB and WWF South Africa will provide insight and expertise on sustainability and feedstocks – key for the emergence of aviation biofuel technologies.

Key topics

Global and regional aviation biofuel markets; policy and market drivers; conversion technologies; feedstock assessments; sustainability considerations such as food security; Ethiopian industrial and biofuel strategies.

Who is attending?

Ethiopian and East African government and industry representatives; regional and global airlines; industry organisations and civil aviation authorities; private and public investors; researchers; social and environmental NGOs; the African Union, UN, FAO and other international organisations active in the region.

Organisations include: The Boeing Company; Abyssinia Flight Services; Addis Ababa University; CEO Group; Cepheus Growth Capital Partners; Development Bank of Ethiopia; Ethiopian Airlines; Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute; Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research; Ethiopian Investment Commission; Ethiopian Mineral, Petroleum and Biofuel Corporation; European Union; FAO; Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services; Lanzatech; Ethiopian Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change; Ethiopian Ministry of Industry; Ethiopian Ministry of Mining, Petroleum and Natural Gas; National Airways; Population Health and Environment East Africa; SkyNRG; Sunchem; UNEP; UNIDO; Wolkite University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and WWF

RSVP Closed. 






08h00 – 08h30



08h30 – 08h45

Welcome by the facilitator


08h45 – 09h00

Welcome by the RSB

Rolf Hogan, Executive Director, RSB

09h00 – 09h15

Keynote address from the Ethiopian Ministry of Industry

H.E. Dr Mebrahtu Meles, State Minister of Industry

09h15 – 09h30

Keynote address from the Ethiopian Ministry of Mining, Petroleum and Natural Gas

H.E. Dr Koang Tutlam, State Minister of Mining, Petroleum and Natural Gas



9h30 – 9h50

Aviation biofuels: a global overview and the importance of sustainability leadership

Elizabeth Wood, Regional Director Environmental Strategy & Integration, The Boeing Company

9h50 – 10h10

Social and environmental sustainability consideration in aviation biofuels

Arianna Baldo, Africa Representative, RSB

10h10 – 10h30

Q&A Part I


10h30 – 10h50

Coffee break




10h50– 11h10

Overview of current bio jet fuel initiatives, approved pathways, and feedstock solutions

Oskar Meijerink, Business Development Manager, SkyNRG

11h10 – 11h30

Assessment of RSB-compliant biofuel potential in Sub-saharan Africa: special focus on Ethiopia

Tjaša Bole-Rentel, Energy Economics and Policy Specialist, Policy Futures Unit, WWF SA

11h30 – 11h50

Sugarcane ethanol in Ethiopia

Endawek Abite, CEO, Ethiopian Sugar Corporation

11h50 – 12h10

Profitability and scalability in the sustainable aviation fuel space: the case of Solaris Tobacco

Samantha Hampton, Business Development and Sustainability, Sunchem

12h10 – 12h30

Q&A Part II


12h30 – 14h00








14h00 – 14h20

The Ethiopian biofuel strategy

Michael Gessese Tesema, Director of the Biofuel Development Coordination Directorate, Ministry of Mining, Petroleum and Natural Gas

14h20 – 14h40

The importance of fuel supply for a fast-growing airline: the case of Ethiopian Airlines

Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO, Ethiopian Airlines

14h40 – 15h00

Commercialising bio jet fuel globally and in Africa: challenges and opportunities

Dr Laurel Harmon, VP Government Relations, Lanzatech

15h00 – 15h20

Q&A Part III


15h20 – 15h40

Coffee break


15h40 – 16h20

Panel discussion: creating an enabling environment for investment through policy and market drivers

Ethiopian Airlines, Ethiopian Sugar Corporation, Ministry of Mining Petroleum and Natural Gas, SkyNRG, Boeing, WWF, Lanzatech

16h20 – 16h30

Closing remarks: Next steps

Arianna Baldo, Africa Representative, RSB

16h30 – 18h00




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