In Australia, the Australian Initiative for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (AISAF) was inaugurated on 08 August 2012. It has funding for 12 months in the first instance. The Steering Committee held its first meeting on 20 August 2012. AISAF is a public-private initiative that aims to facilitate sustainable growth of the aviation industry by bringing together Australian leaders in the aviation industry and in the components of the developing supply chain for sustainable aviation fuels, promoting and driving the development of the SAF industry in Australia, undertaking collaborative work under the Memorandum of Understanding on SAF signed by Australian and the USA on 13 September 2011, and undertaking collaboration work with other international partners.
The AISAF Steering Committee is chaired by Dr Susan Pond, Adjunct Professor in Sustainability at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney – steering committee members include Martijn Wilder, Partner, Baker & McKenzie; Michael Edwards General Manager, Boeing Research & Technology, Australia; Victoria Haritos, Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO; Ben Waters, Director, Ecoimagination, Australia & NZ, GE; Heather Brodie, Director, Communications, Manildra Group; Daniel Dott, Manager Category and Supplier Relationship, Fuel & Carbon Procurement, Fuel & Aviation Charges, Qantas; Jerry Williams, Assistant Manager, Transport Fuels Section, Australian Government Department of Resources, Energy & Tourism; and David White, Manager, Sustainability & Climate Change, Virgin Australia.
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