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Rostec and Airbus launch sustainable aviation fuels effort in Russia

Airbus and RT-Biotekhprom (Rostec Group) signed a cooperation agreement to launch a large-scale analysis of Russian feedstock, and to evaluate how to speed up the development and commercialization of Sustainable Fuels for aviation. This agreement was signed at the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2013.

The partnership is aimed at assessing suitable feedstocks to comply with ecological, economic and social sustainability criteria. The sustainability analysis will be managed by Airbus in close collaboration with RT-Biotekhprom.

The goal of the study is to select a number of local sources of sustainable raw materials suitable for the production of aviation fuel. By the end of 2014, the aim is to complete a full sustainability analysis. Airbus will have a key role in supporting RT-Biotekhprom in ensuring that the fuel produced meets international aviation standards, alongside completing relevant flight test campaigns.

This partnership is part of an initiative to develop a complete sustainable aviation fuel production capability in Russia, using only sustainable resources. It is part of Airbus’ goal to have in place such a ‘value chain’ in every continent. So far Airbus has value chains in Latin America, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and China.

RT-Biotekhprom is involved in the Russian biotechnological, medical and pharmaceutical industries. The holding was created by Rostec in 2009.

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