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Aviation biofuels alliance formed in Brazil

The Brazilian Alliance for Aviation Biofuels (Aliança Brasileira para Biocombustíveis de Aviação – ABRABA) has been formed, with 10 initial participating organisations.

The group comprises: Algae Biotechnology, Amyris Brazil, the Brazilian Association of Jatropha Producers (Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Pinhão Manso – ABPPM), the Brazilian Aerospace Industry Association (Associação das Indústrias Aeroespaciais do Brasil – AIAB), Azul Brazilian Airlines, Embraer, GOL Airlines, TAM Airlines, TRIP Airlines, and the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (União da Indústria da Cana-de-Açúcar – UNICA). ABRABA, however, expects other organisations to join the group, in order to contribute to the project.

The alliance’s objective is to promote public and private initiatives that seek to develop and certify sustainable biofuels for aviation. The goal, it says will be achieved “through dialogues with those who form public policies, as well as opinion makers, in order to obtain biofuels that are just as safe and cost efficient as petroleum derivatives”.

ABRABA believes that the use of sustainable biofuels produced from biomass is essential for maintaining the growth of the aviation industry in an economy of low carbon emissions.

The alliance says that Brazil’s recognised capability for developing alternative energy sources, allied with its knowledge of aeronautical technology, will result in significant gains for the environment, while minimising the impact on economic development.

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