Boeing and South African Airways are planning Africa's first biofuel supply chain for commercial aviation.
The two companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding at The Corporate Council on Africa's 9th Biennial U.S.-Africa Business summit, agreeing to collaborate on programmes to ensure the availability of renewable fuel that will help reduce the industry's emissions.
"South African Airways is taking the lead in Africa on sustainable aviation fuels and, by setting a best practice example, can positively shape aviation biofuel efforts in the region," said Ian Cruickshank, SAA Head of Group Environmental Affairs. "By working with Boeing's sustainable aviation biofuel team, which has a history of successful partnerships to move lower-carbon biofuels closer to commercialization, we will apply the best global technology to meet the unique conditions of Southern Africa, diversify our energy sources and create new opportunities for the people of South Africa."
Boeing has collaborated with airlines, research institutions, governments and other stakeholders to develop road maps for biofuel supply chains in several countries and regions, including the U.S., China, Australia and Brazil.
"Sustainable aviation biofuel will play a central role in reducing commercial aviation's carbon emissions over the long term, and we see tremendous potential for these fuels in Africa," said Julie Felgar, managing director of Environmental Strategy and Integration, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Boeing and South African Airways are committed to investigating feedstocks and pathways that comply with strict sustainability guidelines and can have a positive impact on South Africa's development."
Biofuels emit less carbon dioxide than conventional fuels.
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