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At a meeting held May 6, 2010 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Brazilian Alliance for Aviation Biofuels (Alianca Brasileira para Biocombustiveis de Aviacao – ABRABA) was formed.
Founding memebers of the group includes ten organizations: Algae Biotechnology, Amyris Brazil, the Brazilian Association of Jatropha Producers (Associacao Brasileira dos Produtores de Pinhao Manso – ABPPM), the Brazilian Aerospace Industry Association (Associacao das Industrias Aeroespaciais do Brasil – AIAB), Azul Brazilian Airlines, Embraer, GOL Airlines, TAM Airlines, TRIP Airlines, and the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (Uniao da Industria da Cana-de-Acucar – UNICA). ABRABA expects that other organizations will join the group, in order to contribute to the project.
The objective of the alliance is to promote public and private initiatives that seek to develop and certify sustainable biofuels for aviation. The goal will be achieved through dialogues with those who form public policies, as well as opinion makers, in order to obtain biofuels that are just as safe and cost efficient as petroleum derivatives.
The worldwide concern about climate change has led to a growing demand for renewable sources. Increased greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as well as uncertainty regarding the availability of fossil fuels, emphasize the need of seeking new alternatives.
Civil aviation plays an essential role within this context because it produces around 2% of the world’s manmade emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), according to the United Nations Organization (UNO) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). For that reason, companies and institutions connected with the industry have been involved with a variety of activities and projects, in order to contribute to the development of alternatives that seek to safely reduce GHG emissions, and bring greater energy efficiency to the world.
ABRABA believes that the use of sustainable biofuels produced from biomass is essential for maintaining the growth of the aviation industry in an economy of low carbon emissions. Brazil’s recognized capability for developing alternative energy sources, allied with its knowledge of aeronautical technology, will result in significant gains for the environment, while minimizing the impact on economic development.
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