Boeing, United and others launch US biofuels initiative

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United Airlines, Boeing, Honeywell, the Chicago Department of Aviation and the Clean Energy Trust have launched the midwest aviation sustainable biofuels initiative with a goal to advance development of green jet fuel sources.

The steering committee will evaluate fuel sources, commercialisation requirements, and logistics and infrastructure needs for biofuels across a 12-state region in the US midwest.

"Biofuels are a critical part of commercial aviation's long-term fuel-diversification strategy, enabling sustainable growth and improving its overall environmental performance," says Billy Glover, vice president of environment and aviation policy for Boeing, in a statement.

United flew the first commercial flight powered by biofuel in the US between Houston Bush Intercontinental and Chicago O'Hare airports on a Boeing 737-800 in November 2011.

Representatives of the US Department of Agriculture, US Department of the Navy, other federal agencies, non-governmental organisations and academic institutions are participating in an advisory council to the initiative.

Oliver Wyman is programme manager to the initiative.