Embraer and Boeing decided to combine world-class aeronautical expertise with Brazil’s natural and historical vocation for the large scale production of biofuels. The result is the Boeing-Embraer Joint Biofuels Research Centre.

From 2012 to 2013, Boeing, Embraer, the São Paulo Research Foundation and the State University of Campinas held a series of workshops in Brazil. These workshops were the catalyst for a 2014 publication called Flightpath to Aviation Biofuels in Brazil, which identified gaps in establishing this industry. Embraer and Boeing took the further step of opening a joint sustainable aviation biofuel research centre in a collaborative effort to establish the aviation biofuel industry in Brazil.

The centre’s opening was held in January 2015, at the Parque Tecnológico de São José dos Campos, with the mission to: champion and enable research, development and innovation; support the development of public policies to encourage use of alternative fuel; promote the development of sustainability criteria; and promote the establishment of technical forums in Brazil.

Alternative aviation fuels stand out today as one of the most promising solutions to help reduce aviation’s carbon footprint and fulfil its commitment to cut carbon dioxide emissions in half by 2050, compared to 2005 levels. 

The centre has already started by supporting regional initiatives to foster the aviation biofuel value chain; identifying partnerships in universities, research and development centres and suppliers for aviation biofuel research in Brazil; and engaging with government agencies to establish a national policy for the development and promotion of biofuel.