This week Geneva will welcome aviation sustainability experts from around the world for the 8th Global Sustainable Aviation Summit. Organised by the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), the Summit is internationally recognised as the forum where the sustainable future of air transport is championed.

This year, the summit holds special importance, as we are in the final build up to the UN climate negotiations in Paris this December, anticipated to be the time when a new global agreement on climate change is finalised by the world’s governments. Whilst aviation is not directly involved in those talks, a positive outcome there will only help provide momentum to the discussions on aviation at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Preparations have been gathering pace in the last few weeks, with a packed schedule awaiting delegates in Geneva. In addition to providing an ideal opportunity to network with colleagues, this year’s Summit will also see the launch of several initiatives. ATAG has arranged an impressive array of speakers, with some of the biggest names in aviation ready to provide their input and answer questions from the audience. Subjects covered include progress on the market-based measure for aviation, sustainable alternative fuels and exciting new technology.

Delegates will also hear a keynote address from Solar Impulse co-founder and pilot, André Borschberg, whose record breaking round-the-world flight on a solar-powered aircraft is due to be resumed next year.