Boeing, SAA develop African biofuel

South African Airways will develop a biofuel supply chain
South African Airways will develop a biofuel supply chain

Boeing and South African Airways (SAA) have announced a new partnership aimed at developing biofuel in southern Africa.

The companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) recently, aimed at creating a regional supply chain for sustainable plant-based aviation fuel. The project marks the first such initiative in southern Africa.

“South African Airways is taking the lead in Africa on sustainable aviation fuels and, by setting a best practice example, can positively shape aviation biofuel efforts in the region,” said Ian Cruickshank, SAA’s head of group environmental affairs.

“By working with Boeing’s sustainable aviation biofuel team, which has a history of successful partnerships to move lower-carbon biofuels closer to commercialisation, we will apply the best global technology to meet the unique conditions of Southern Africa, diversify our energy sources and create new opportunities for the people of South Africa.”

Boeing and SAA will aim to develop biofuels based on the conversion of biomass into jet fuel, without compromising Africa’s food and water resources. The WWF will monitor the programme to ensure its sustainability.

The move marks Boeing’s latest efforts in the development of biofuel, following existing supply chain initiatives in the US, China, Australia and Brazil. Biofuel is also a key part of the aviation industry’s global effort to achieve carbon-neutral growth from 2020.

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