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Boeing, Embraer and IDB funding sustainability analysis of producing Amyris renewable jet fuels from sugarcane

Boeing, Embraer, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will jointly fund a sustainability analysis of producing renewable jet fuel sourced from Brazilian sugarcane. The study will evaluate environmental and market conditions associated with the use of renewable jet fuel produced by Amyris. World Wildlife Fund (WWF) will serve as an independent reviewer and advisor.

Last month, the IDB announced a regional cooperation grant to help public and private institutions develop a sustainable biojet fuels industry. The Amyris study is the first to be financed under that grant.

Emerging renewable jet fuel technologies have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly, as sugarcane ethanol in Brazil has already proven. This study will examine the overall potential for sustainable, large-scale production of alternative jet fuels made from sugarcane.

—,Arnaldo Vieira de Carvalho, leader of the IDB Sustainable Aviation Biofuels Initiative

The study will be led by ICONE, a research think-tank in Brazil with experience in agriculture and biofuels analysis, and independently reviewed by WWF. Scheduled for completion in early 2012, the study will include a complete lifecycle analysis of the emissions associated with Amyris’s renewable jet fuel, including indirect land use change and effects.

Collaborative research into the cane-to-jet pathway is important for diversifying aviation’s fuel supplies, and also builds on the strong renewable energy cooperation established between the Unites States and Brazil. With aviation biofuel now approved for use in commercial jetliners, understanding and ensuring the sustainability of sources that can feed into region supply chains is critical and Brazil has a strong role to play there. This project also expands upon existing collaboration between Amyris, the State Government of Queensland, and Boeing.

—Boeing Vice President of Environment and Aviation Policy Billy Glover



Is this good or bad news?

Henry Gibson

Bad news.

Wildlife will be forced from new sugar cane areas and kept from the old ones. I will make a wild guess that all the sugar cane growing fields in Brazil could not make enough fuel for the planes made by these two makers alone. ..HG..

Alvaro Costa

Henry's guess is indeed "wild", as Brazil provides its 38 million fleet car with ethanol on a regular basis.

And you can be sure there are not 38 million Boeings and Embraer planes flying.

Also, sugarcane is planted down south as it does NOT grow in the Amazon.

I think this fellow should read more and guess less.

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