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Monday, May 13, 2013

Air Canada, Airbus Partner to Develop Alternative Jet Fuel

Air Canada has formed a new partnership with Airbus and BioFuelNet Canada to begin assessing sources for the production of alternative jet fuels. 
The group's ultimate goal is to produce its first assessment for alternative jet fuel sources by the end of 2013, and supply Air Canada with an alternative to traditional jet fuel for its aircraft. Montreal's McGill University is hosting the partnership, which is focused on studying the various raw materials and processes available for the production and sustainability of alternative jet fuel. 
"Air Canada has already operated two flights with biofuel and on each occasion we substantially reduced our emissions," said Paul Whitty, director of fuel purchasing and supply at Air Canada. "New technologies, such as alternative fuels, are one of the ways our industry plans to reduce its emissions to meet its target of carbon-neutral growth for 2020 and beyond."

According to Airbus, the European Advanced Biofuel Flightpath initiative has a goal of teaching two million tons of production and consumption of drop-in biofuels for airlines by 2020. 

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