Boeing, Embraer to open joint aviation biofuel research center

Boeing and Embraer have agreed to open a joint research center to advance a sustainable aviation biofuel industry in Brazil, Boeing said Monday.

The two will perform joint biofuel research and fund and coordinate research with Brazilian universities and other institutions.

The research center will be located in Sao Jose dos Campos in Brazil.

Research will focus on technologies that address gaps in a supply chain for sustainable aviation fuel in Brazil, such as feedstock production and processing technologies, Boeing said.

Aviation biofuel emits 50 percent to 80 percent lower carbon emissions through its lifecycle than petroleum jet fuel when produced sustainably, it said.

More than 1,500 passenger flights using biofuel have been conducted around the world since the fuel was approved for use in 2011.