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Decarbonization is one of the biggest challenges faced by aviation, and the pathway to net-zero emissions will take innovation, collaboration, and legislation. Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) has a key role to play but requires bold action from airlines, fuel providers, and policymakers in order to reach the necessary scale. One challenge the industry faces is finding more ways to make SAF at commercial scale using different feedstocks and processes. Shell has collaborated with industry partners in a breakthrough technology from Shell Aviation that shows the feasibility of an innovative, lower-carbon pathway for making SAF. In May 2020 Shell accepted a BHAG challenge (Big Hairy Audacious Goal), from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management to produce an amount of sustainable synthetic kerosene beyond laboratory scale at the Energy Transition Centre Amsterdam. What started with an innovative industry challenge, ended with the world’s first flight using certified, synthetic kerosene made from hydrogen and recycled carbon. Thus, it was an important first step and together with our partners we now need to scale up, accelerate and make it commercially viable.
Marwa is currently the GM of Long Range Research and Experimentation at Shell. During the last 23+ years, she held positions in project/construction management, university lecturing, HSSE and technology development & commercialization. Her work experience spans over many countries such as Egypt, the UK, the Netherlands, Qatar, India and Australia. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and has publications and patents in the field of carbon management, circularity, innovative materials, waste treatment/conversion, and construction management. Marwa is a civil/environmental engineer with a PhD in Engineering from Cambridge University and MSc in Environmental Science from Strathclyde University. She also holds a BSc and an MSc in Construction Engineering from the American University in Cairo. She supported different Energy businesses such as GTL, Coal Seam Gas Upstream, Conventional gas, petrochemicals development, new energies and LNG. Marwa’s areas of expertise: sustainability& circularity, decarbonization (carbon accounting, management, policy and advocacy) and technology commercialization.