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Boeing, Embraer & Sao Paulo Research Team to Develop Aviation Biofuel Industry in Brazil

In a move that could pave the way for an environmentally friendly aviation system, Boeing, Embraer and Sao Paulo Research Foundation are teaming up to create a sustainable aviation biofuels industry in Brazil.

The three companies signed an agreement Wednesday to announce the partnership. The announcement was coupled with a report outlining the unique opportunities and challenges of creating a cost-effective, bio-derived and sustainable jet-fuel production and distribution industry in Brazil. A full detailed report will be released in late 2012.

“Brazil already has shown global leadership in developing biofuels for ground transportation,” said Donna Hrinak, president of Boeing Brazil. “Bringing together people from throughout Brazil who possess the leadership and expertise to create new, low-carbon energy sources for aviation is the right thing to do for our industry, for our customers, for Brazil, and for future generations.” Hrinak was appointed her position by Boeing less than a month ago.

The construction of an aviation biofuel research center was also apart of the agreement. Brazilian airliners Azul, GOL, TAM and Trip airlines will be strategic advisors in the program.

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