Boeing signs Mexican biofuel deal

25 / 02 / 2016

Boeing has signed a research and development deal with Aeromexico and Mexico's Airports and Auxiliary Services (ASA) to produce biojet fuel.

The programme, which is supported by Mexico's Sector Fund for Energy Sustainability and which will be coordinated through the Mexican Bioenergy Innovation Center, aims to advance research and development of sustainable aviation biofuel in the country.

Boeing International president Marc Allen said: "Sustainable jet fuel will play a critical role in reducing aviation's carbon emissions and will bring a new and innovative industry to Mexico."

The aim of the programme over four years is to develop a self-sustaining business model and carry out research into biomass sourcing, fuel production, sustainability and aviation biofuel market development.

Aviation biofuel feedstocks in Mexico are expected to include jatropha, salt-tolerant Salicornia and sewage sludge.

Boeing now has active biofuel projects on six continents, including the US, Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, Middle East, South Africa and Southeast Asia.