Air transport in crisis and the climate challenge

Towards new paradigms

Webinar - 11 & 12 March 2021


Thursday 11 March (morning)

08:30 – Welcome speech

By Michel Wachenheim, president of the Air and Space Academy (AAE)

08:45 – Opening speech

By Violeta Bulc, former European Transport commissioner

Session 1 : Climate issues

Président de la session : Philippe Forestier, Air and Space Academy (AAE)

09:10 – Presentation of themes and introduction of speakers by the session chair

09:15 – Scientific opinion on climate change, the part played by human activities, the work of the IPCC, policies underway; what share to attribute to air transport? What evolution to expect?

By Valérie Masson-Delmotte, Engineer Ecole Centrale Paris, CEA researcher, co-president of IPCC group No. 1

09:50 – The energy transition for air transport: broadening the debate to include changes that might impact air transport in the future

By Jean-Marc Jancovici, X-Telecom engineer, energy and climate specialist, teacher and lecturer

10:25 – Question and answer session

10:45 – Break

11:00 – Round table

Students and young professionals will give their reactions to the first presentations, express their vision, their preoccupations, share their point of view, their feelings and their understanding of the climate issue with regard to current political, industrial and commercial policies.

Modérateur :Olivier Del Bucchia, co-founder of Supaero-Decarbo

Participants :

  • Apolline Riet, student at ISAE-SUPAERO, president of the SUPAERO for Earth association
  • Fadimatou Noutchemo, president Young African Aviation Professionals Association
  • Florence Mazzone, Institut d’études politiques de Bordeaux
  • Jan Pechstein, responsible Corporate emissions management & Sustainable aviation fuels, Lufthansa Group
  • Alessandro Mancinelli, student, CDI Turin

12:15 – Question and answer session

12:25 – Conclusion : Philippe Forestier, Air and Space Academy (AAE)

Lunch break

Thursday 11 March (afternoon)

Session 2. New energies and contribution of technology

Session chairman : Xavier Bouis, Air and Space Academy (AAE)

14:00 – Presentation of themes and introduction of speakers by the session chair

Part 1: Energy

To what extent will new sustainable aircraft fuels contribute to reducing emissions? What energy source(s) will fuel aircraft in 2030, 2040, 2050?

14:15 – Energies envisaged to decarbonise aviation, primary energy sources needed and availability

Par Philippe Novelli, director Propulsion & Environment programmes ONERA, former ICAO expert alternative fuels

14:55 – Production and distribution of hydrogen and/or PTL, overview, challenges to be met, economic aspects

By Prof. Dr-Ing Manfred Aigner, president Science and Research, Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany aireg e.v., director Institute of Combustion Technology, DLR

15:25 – Question and answer session

15:40 – Break

Part 2 : Aircraft and engines, overall progress and use of decarbonised energies

15:50 – Progress expected in aircraft and engines by 2050,airworthiness of new fuels

Par Axel Krein, executive director Cleansky, former vice president Research & Technology Airbus

16:25 – Round table

Assessment of ideas put forward, trust, timeline, overall CO2 reduction? Overview of trajectory till 2050

Modérator : Bruno Stoufflet, AAE, Company Innovation Director, Chief Technology Officer, Dassault-Aviation

Participants :

  • Jean-Brice Dumont, General Manager Airbus Engineering
  • Stéphane Cueille, directeur R&T et Innovation de Safran
  • Paul Stein, CTO, Rolls Royce
  • Rolf Henke, director general DGLR, Air and Space Academy (AAE)
  • Dominique Bajeux, ex chief engineer Ariane 5, ArianeGroup
  • Sheila Remes, vice president environmental sustainability, Boeing

17:20 – Question and answer session

17:40 – Conclusion : Xavier Bouis, Air and Space Academy (AAE)

17:45 – Viewpoint

By Jean-Paul Herteman, former Chairman and CEO of Safran

18:00 – End of first day

Friday 12 March (morning)

Session 3. Evolving air transport strategies and international interactions

Session chairman : Pierre Caussade, Air and Space Academy (AAE)

09:00 – Presentation of themes and introduction of speakers by the session chair

09:10 – Global air transport vision

Alexandre de Juniac, Managing Director IATA

09:25 – Presentation of the study “Aviation – towards net zero emissions”: CO2 footprint from well to wing; where to act and what coalitions to build with new industrial ecosystems in order to reach net zero emissions?

Par Mathieu Blondel, Arthur D. Little, partner, head of the Aviation competence center

09:55 – Round table 1: The climate challenge from the operators’ point of view

Are pre-crisis solutions up to the challenge; is there not a need for disruptive changes in the practice of the profession?

Moderator : Paul Steele, air transport advisor, former Environment director IATA

Participants :

  • Anne Rigail, Air France CEO
  • Jonathan Counsell, group head of Sustainability, IAG
  • Michael Gill, executive director, Air Transport Action Group (ATAG)
  • Nancy Young, vice president Environmental affairs, Airlines for America

10:45 – Question and answer session

11:40 – Break

11:20 – Round table 2: International perspective, institutional stakes

Are European ambitions compatible with those of the rest of the world and is there not urgency in finding a new balance between regulation and liberalisation ?

Moderator : Paul Steele, air transport advisor, former Environment director IATA

Participants :

  • Patrick Gandil, former Director general civil aviation
  • Michel Wachenheim, president of Air and Space Academy, former representative of France at ICAO
  • Charles Schlumberger, lead Air transport specialist of the World Bank
  • Laurent Timsit, director of International Affairs, Air France
  • Adefunke Adeyemi, regional director, Advocacy and Strategic Relations – IATA Africa
12:10 – Question and answer session

12:25 – Conclusion : Pierre Caussade, Air and Space Academy (AAE)

Lunch break

Friday 12 March (afternoon)

Session 4. Mobility of the future on a global scale

Session chairman: Eric Dautriat, Air and Space Academy (AAE)

14:00 – Presentation of themes and introduction of speakers by the session chair

14:10 – Travel: a given of civilisation – The evolution of air transport uses Is the use of long-distance travel linked to the model of Western society, or to a deep anthropological need? What are its sociological characteristics at the global level? In the field of “mass tourism”, what role is played by the desire for discovery, on the one hand, and the demonstration of social status on the other? What role can citizens’ climate concerns play in the future in the evolution of usage, and what paradigm shifts can they induce for air transport itself, in particular under the possible catalytic effect of the health crisis?

ByFrançois Gemenne, director of the Hugo Observatory at the University of Liège, member of the IPCC, lecturer in Political Science

and Stefan Gössling, professor at Lund University

14:50 – Public policies for sustainable mobility What are the parameters that govern mobility, and on what levers can public policies act to change mobility (especially air transport) in the direction of global decarbonization?

By Yves Crozet, professor of Economics at the Institute of Political Studies of Lyon

15h10 – Question and answer session

15:20 – Break

15:30 – Round table: Geopolitics of attitudes towards the air transport of tomorrow

  • What is the anticipated importance of future air transport?
  • What priority is given to the question of its impact on the climate in the different ragions of the world?
  • What model of society, globalisation, new behaviours can (or must) lead to a decarbonised world?
  • What consequences for mobility and perhaps reinvented air transport?

Modérator : Sophie Voinis, journalist

Participants :

  • Andrew Murphy, Aviation director at Transport & Environment (T&E), Brussels
  • Xu Bo, former Chinese diplomat, commissioner of the World Exposition Shanghai 2010
  • Fadimatou Noutchemo, president of Young African Aviation Professionals Association
  • John Byerly, former deputy assistant secretary Transportation Affairs, US Department of State

16:30 – Question and answer session

16:55 – Conclusion : Eric Dautriat, Air and Space Academy (AAE)

17:00 – Synthesis and lessons learned

By Michel Wachenheim, président de l’Académie de l’air et de l’espace

17:15 – End of conference