According to BoeingBrazil could soon become one of the world’s leading producers of sustainable aviation fuel (FAS).
As the industry strives to achieve its ambitious goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, Boeing has hosted a Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) forum. sustainable aviation fuel) has Sao Paulo, in Brazil, on August 8. The forum coincided with an event organized by the Swiss organization, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). During the forum, the president of Boeing for Latin America and the Caribbean, Landon Loomis, highlighted Brazil’s potential contribution to the decarbonization aviation, praising its technical capabilities, skilled labor and abundant raw materials.
Carolina Grassi, Head of Public Policy and Innovations at RSB, highlighted Brazil’s opportunity to lead the production of SAF using waste, potentially generating up to 9 billion liters per year. As a major global agricultural producer, the Brazil is already a leader in the production of biofuels from wastein particular from ethanol made of sugar cane and biodiesel derived fromSoya oil.
Also at the event, Eduardo Calderon, director of the operations control center of GOL Airlines, a Brazilian low-cost airline, stressed the urgency of improving SAF supply and reducing its cost. Calderon said that since SAF is three times more expensive than conventional fuels, the industry was unlikely to achieve net zero emissions unless global production of SAF increased significantly and rapidly. Eduardo Calderón also underlined the importance for Brazilian commercial aviation to be recognized worldwide for its fleet of new aircraft, which contributes to reducing emissions of CO2 in the air. “We currently have 38 Boeing 737 MAX. Our objective is to reach 100% of the fleet with MAX models by 2035. We were pioneers in the country by operating, in 2013, the first flight with SAF. Today, our passengers can make carbon offsets when purchasing their tickets. We will not achieve our goal of decarbonizing the sector by 2050 if we do not act now”he said.