Boeing, Embraer boost biofuel research in Brazil

Boeing is working to reduce the aviation industry's carbon footprint
Boeing is working to reduce the aviation industry’s carbon footprint

Boeing and Brazilian planemaker Embraer have opened a new biofuel research centre in Brazil.

The Boeing-Embraer Joint Research Center, which is located at the Sao Jose dos Campos Technology Park near Sao Paulo, will coordinate and fund research into aviation biofuel development, along with Brazilian universities and other institutions. Areas of study will include feedstock production, economic analysis, viability studies and processing technologies.

“Boeing and Embraer… are partnering in an unprecedented way to make more progress on sustainable aviation biofuel than one company can do alone,” said Donna Hrinak, president of Boeing Latin America.

“Brazil, a pioneer in the sustainable fuels industry, will play a leading role in establishing the biofuels industry and helping meet aviation’s environmental goals.”

Studies have shown that sustainably produced aviation biofuel emits 50-80% lower carbon emissions through its life cycle than traditional oil-based jet fuel.

Globally, more than 1,600 passenger flights have been conducted using sustainable aviation biofuel since it was first approved for use in 2011. Sources of biofuel range from algae to waste cooking oil.

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