Boeing, Embraer and São Paulo Research Foundation to lead aviation biofuels programme in Brazil

Plans to collaborate on long-term aviation biofuels-related research and development have been announced jointly by Boeing, Embraer and the São Paulo State Research Foundation (FAPESP), with airlines Azul, GOL, TAM and TRIP being strategic advisors in a programme that represents another step towards a sustainable aviation biofuels industry in Brazil.

As a result of the agreement, Boeing, Embraer and FAPESP are leading the development of a detailed report outlining the opportunities and challenges of creating a cost-effective, bio-derived, and sustainable jet-fuel production and distribution industry in Brazil. The report, including a technology and sustainability roadmap, is scheduled to be completed and published in late 2012.

The study will be guided by a series of public workshops during 2012 with input from a wide range of stakeholders, as well as a strategic advisory board, which will give the project wide-ranging guidance and institutional support. Members will include airlines, fuel producers and suppliers, environmental experts, community groups, and government agencies.

The study will frame the creation of a sustainable aviation biofuels research centre in Brazil. This centre will be jointly funded by FAPESP and industry in order to drive a long-term research agenda for the development of aviation biofuels technology in Brazil. A special call for proposals by FAPESP to establish this centre is expected to follow the initial study phase.

”The partnership with Boeing and Embraer brings a new level of FAPESP efforts to foster research partnerships between universities and companies in São Paulo,” commented Suely Vilela, member of FAPESP’s board of directors. “The research centre will be created through public selection, according to FAPESP’s Research, Innovation and Diffusion Centres, which aim to establish long-term advanced core research that results in innovation.”

Boeing and Embraer are focused on creating sustainable aviation biofuels produced from renewable resources that do not drive food competition in vulnerable regions by competing with land and water resources. Both companies are bringing together agricultural interests, academic researchers, environmental experts, refiners and aerospace companies around the globe to establish local infrastructure needed to develop a sustainable and economically viable biofuels industry.

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