Boeing, Embraer and Brazil foundation to study aviation biofuels

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Boeing, Embraer and the Sao Paulo State Research Foundation (FAPESP) plan to collaborate on aviation biofuels-related research and development in a programme that will include Brazilian carriers Azul, Gol, TAM and Trip as advisors.

The two airframers and foundation will lead the development of a report which will outline the opportunities and challenges of creating a cost-effective and sustainable aviation biofuel industry in Brazil. The report will be completed in late 2012 and lead to the creation of a sustainable aviation biofuels research centre in Brazil, said the three parties.

"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," they added.

Besides the airlines, fuel producers and suppliers and environmental experts will be among the board members.

The foundation and industry will fund the centre, said the airframers and foundation. "A special call for proposals by FAPESP to establish this centre is expected to follow the initial study phase. The mission of the centre will be to close the technical, commercial, and sustainability gaps needed to enable the creation of this new aviation fuel supply chain in Brazil," said the three parties.