AAV In Conversation with Sami Jauhiainen of Neste on sustainable aviation fuel

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Sami Jauhiainen, Vice President, Asia-Pacific Renewable Aviation at Neste.

Asian Aviation Editor Matt Driskill is In Conversation with Sami Jauhiainen, who leads Neste’s sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) business in the Asia Pacific region. Jauhiainen’s focus is on developing the market for SAF and building supply chains and partnerships to grow its availability in the region. Jauhiainen also works together with public and private stakeholders in developing credible roadmaps for the decarbonisation of aviation.

Jauhiainen has been with Neste since 2013, holding various leadership roles in strategy and business development. Before joining Neste, Jauhiainen worked in energy investment banking in London, advising customers in the global energy sector on mergers & acquisitions and capital markets transactions.

Jauhiainen holds a Master of Science degree in Finance from the Helsinki School of Economics, and a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Helsinki University of Technology. Jauhiainen is passionate about business opportunities that serve the purpose of creating a healthier planet for our children.

Aviation accounts for approximately 2-3 percent of global CO2 emissions, and as air travel is expected to double in the next 15 years, these numbers will grow rapidly, according to Neste. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has already taken steps in the right direction by committing to achieving carbon neutral growth from 2020 onwards and net-zero carbon emissions from the global air transport industry operations by 2050. While many solutions, such as electrified aviation, are still in early stages of development, the industry needs solutions to cut the direct carbon emissions of flying.

Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel is a today solution, commercially available and in use worldwide. SAF is a cleaner, direct replacement for fossil jet fuel and reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 80 percent compared to fossil jet fuel. Today, Neste produces 100,000 tons of SAF and production will increase to 1.5 million tons (around 1.875 billion litres) annually by the end of 2023.

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Matthew Driskill is the Editor of Asian Aviation and is based in Cambodia. He has been an Asia-based journalist and content producer since 1990 for outlets including Reuters and the International Herald Tribune/New York Times and is a former president of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong. He frequently appears on international broadcast outlets like CNN, Al Jazeera and the BBC and has taught journalism at Hong Kong University and the American University of Paris. Driskill has received awards from the Associated Press for Investigative Reporting and Business Writing and in 1989 was named the John J. McCloy Fellow by the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York where he earned his Master's Degree.

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