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Airbus and Russia’s Rostec cooperate for aviation fuels

French aircraft manufacturer and Russian firm RT-Biotekhprom sign agreement to research and develop biofuels for aircraft

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The partnership aims to evaluate how to speed up the development and commercialisation of aviation fuels in Russia

French aircraft manufacturer Airbus and RT-Biotekhprom of Russia's Rostec are working together to research and develop aviation fuels. The two companies have signed an agreement to launch a large-scale analysis on sustainable fuels for aviation. The analysis will examine Russian feedstock and evaluate how to speed up the development and commercialisation of aviation fuels in Russia.

Airbus said the aim of the analysis is to localise a number of sustainable raw materials suitable for the production of aviation fuel by the end of 2014. The two companies will assess suitable feedstocks that comply with ecological, economic and social sustainability criteria. The company will ensure the fuel produced meets international aviation standards.

Airbus said the partnership with RT-Biotekhprom is part of an initiative to develop sustainable aviation fuel production capability in Russia, using only sustainable resources.

Christopher Buckley, executive vice-president of sales at Airbus, said: "Sustainable fuels are a crucial part of the roadmap to meet the aviation industry's ambitious CO2 targets. We believe that the findings of this important study, which will be done for the first time in Russia, will contribute to a sustainable aviation sector in Russia. Additionally, we will be able to share our expertise in this area for the benefit of Russian industry."

Sergey Kraevoj, general director of RT-Biothekhprom, added: "We believe the research will have positive effects on energy conservation, emissions reduction and climate change addressing in the Russian aviation sector."

Konstantin Diespersov, project leader and advisor to general director of RT-Biothekhprom said the decision for the partnership was based on the company having necessary technologies and findings with regards to biomass recycling.

Recent developments and analyses on biofuels are helping companies meet the aviation industry's CO2 targets. Developments include the US and Brazil working together to boost biofuel technology trade. This aims to create an opportunity for Brazil to manifest leadership in using next generation and aviation biofuels.

Airbus' goal is to have in place a 'value chain' for sustainable aviation fuel production in every continent. So far Airbus has value chains in Australia, China, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.