Boeing and Embraer will open a joint research center to
advance the sustainable aviation biofuel industry in Brazil,
the companies announced on Monday.
Under a memorandum of understanding, the two companies will
perform joint biofuel research, as well as fund and
coordinate research with Brazilian universities and other
The research will focus on technologies that address gaps in
a supply chain for sustainable aviation biofuel in Brazil,
such as feedstock
The companies' biofuel research center will be located
in Sao Jose dos Campos Technology
"Boeing is working aggressively around the world to expand
the supply of sustainable aviation biofuel
and reduce aviation's carbon emissions
," said Julie Felgar,
managing director of environment
al strategy and integration
for Boeing Commercial
"With our joint biofuel
Boeing and Embraer are making a strong commitment toward a
successful, sustainable aviation biofuel industry in Brazil,"
In 2013, Boeing, Embraer and the Fundacao de Amparo a
Pesquisa of the State of Sao Paulo (FAPESP) completed an
action plan Flightpath to Aviation Biofuels in
Brazil that identified gaps in a potential
biofuel supply chain. The joint research between Boeing and
Embraer will help address those gaps, according to company
"Brazil has tradition in the area of alternative fuels and
enormous potential yet to be explored in bioenergy research,'
said Mauro Kim, Embraer's executive vice president of
engineering and technology
When produced sustainably, aviation biofuel emits 50% to 80%
lower carbon emissions
through its lifecycle
than petroleum jet fuel, according to company officials.
Globally, more than 1,500 passenger flights using biofuel
have been conducted since
the fuel was approved for use in 2011.