Sustainability is the key focus for Abu Dhabi. This thought process is being adopted by its national carrier too. In a recent development, Etihad Airways, Boeing, Takreer, Total and Masdar Institute of Science and Technology announced collaboration on a new initiative – BIOjet Abu Dhabi: Flight Path to Sustainability. This initiative supports a sustainable aviation biofuel industry in the UAE.
BIOjet Abu Dhabi will engage with a broad range of stakeholders to develop a comprehensive framework for a UAE biofuel supply chain. This will include research and development and expanded investment in feedstock production and refining capability in the UAE and globally.
The Masdar Institute’s Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium, funded by Etihad Airways and Boeing, is currently researching and developing salt-tolerant plants that would be raw material for the refining processes to produce renewable fuel.
James Hogan, president and chief executive officer of Etihad Airways, said: “Our goal is to support and help drive commercialisation of sustainable aviation fuel in Abu Dhabi, the region and also globally. We have made some important first steps in this process and our continued focus will be to develop further initiatives such as facilitation of availability of sustainable aviation biofuels for Etihad Airways in the coming years.”
BIOjet Abu Dhabi: Flight Path to Sustainability is aligned with the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, which seeks to develop sustainable energy sources to diversify the UAE economy and increase workforce opportunities for Emiratis.