Boeing and Embraer S.A. will open a joint research center to advance a sustainable aviation biofuel industry in Brazil. 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 institutions.
The research will focus on technologies that address gaps in a supply chain for sustainable aviation biofuel in Brazil, such as feedstock production and processing technologies. The companies’ biofuel research center will be located in Sao Jose dos Campos Technology Park.
In 2013, Boeing, Embraer and the Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa of the State of São 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.
When produced sustainably, aviation biofuel emits 50 to 80% lower carbon emissions through its lifecycle than petroleum jet fuel. Globally, more than 1,500 passenger flights using biofuel have been conducted since the fuel was approved for use in 2011.