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Friday, December 5, 2014

Green Skies Ahead: Airbus Partners with EFT to Promote Aviation Biofuel Research

Juliet Van Wagenen

[Avionics Today 12-05-2014] Airbus Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Emerging Fuels Technology (EFT) to promote EFT in the commercialization of technologies to produce sustainable fuels for aviation.

Sustainable aviation fuels made from biomass, municipal solid waste, natural gas, and other non-fossil feedstock have the potential to significantly reduce CO2 emissions on a lifecycle basis compared to conventional fuels. Airbus’ recent contract looks to underline the company’s commitment to promote research and advance environmentally friendly aviation initiatives.

"Our belief is that, with support from regional governments, a significant percentage of all aviation fuel could come from sustainable sources by 2030, if we can establish adequate supply sources to produce commercial quantities of sustainable aviation fuel," said Allan McArtor, chairman of Airbus Group. The company has ongoing sustainable fuel research initiatives in Europe and Canada, among others.

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