BioFuelNet Canada to develop advanced biofuels solutions for aviation

BioFuelNet Canada, a not-for-profit organization hosted by Montreal’s McGill University, has signed an agreement with Air Canada and Airbus to explore biofuel solutions for aviation.

Air Canada and Airbus are part of a broad coalition, which has pledged Carbon Neutral Growth from 2020 and to reduce greenhouse emissions by 50% by 2050. BioFuelNet Canada will assess the viability of various Canadian advanced biofuels solutions for aviation, focusing  on diverse raw materials, such as municipal solid waste and agricultural and forestry waste, as well as a range of conversion processes available for biofuel production.

‘Aviation biofuels are one of the most promising ways to reduce the aviation industry’s carbon footprint, making air travel more environmentally-friendly’ says BiofuelNet president Donald Smith. ‘Airbus and Air Canada are dedicated to finding the most sustainable fuel sources for the future of air travel.’

‘Air Canada has already operated two flights with biofuel and on each occasion we substantially reduced our emissions. Encouraged by these results, we look forward to participating in this project to encourage the development of a source of alternative fuel in Canada,’ adds Paul Whitty, director of fuel purchasing and supply at Air Canada.

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