Embraer, airlines among Brazilian firms to form biofuels alliance

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Embraer and nine other Brazilian organizations, including airlines Azul, Gol, TAM and Trip, have formed the Brazilian Alliance for Aviation Biofuels to promote public and private initiatives that seek to develop and certify sustainable biofuels for aviation

Formed last week, the group's members also include Algae Biotechnology, Amyris Brazil, the Brazilian Association of Jatropha Producers, the Brazilian Aerospace Industry Association and the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry.

Obtaining biofuels that are as safe and cost efficient as petroleum derivates "will be achieved through dialogues with those who form public policies, as well as opinion makers," says the alliance in a statement.

It says it believes that the use of sustainable biofuels produced from biomass "is essential for maintaining the growth of the aviation industry in an economy of low carbon emissions".

TAM, meanwhile, recently unveiled plans to hold a biofuels demonstration flight later this year. The carrier says that it plans to trial a biofuels mixture which includes biomass derived from the Jatropha plant on a CFM56-powered Airbus A320. The flight is scheduled for the second half of 2010.