By Daniel Baxter
March 31, 2011 - The Spanish government, Iberia Airlines
and Airbus have signed an agreement to develop a
complete Spanish ‘value chain’ for sustainable and
renewable aviation bio-fuel for commercial use. Other
key members are expected to join the agreement shortly.
Signatories to the agreement signed in Madrid include
Isaías Táboas, Spain’s Transport Secretary of State,
Suárez, Antonio Vazquez, Iberia Airlines Chairman, and
Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO.
The agreement promotes and backs initiatives to develop
a complete bio-fuel production chain for Spanish
aviation, using sustainable resources from production to
consumption in commercial aviation, with special
consideration on economic and technical analysis.
implementation of biofuels by the Spanish aviation industry for
the development of a complete Spanish “value chain” is a goal
that will reduce our dependency on fossil energy, make our
companies more competitive by reducing costs associated to CO2
and create value and wealth in other sectors of our national
economy," said Isaías Táboas. “We are fully confident that both,
the public and private sector can cooperate in the development
and implementation of this initiative."
change is a major challenge for our industry. The aviation
sector’s ambitious CO2 reduction target is only possible if
bio-fuels become a reality. Under this initiative,
focus is on providing expertise and management of the
feasibility, life cycle and sustainability analysis.
are a must for aviation to achieve our industry's ambitious CO2
reduction targets. In fact, we believe that biofuels should
primarily be reserved for aviation as our industry has no other
viable alternative energy source,” said Tom Enders. “All
industry players including governments have a role in helping to
reduce global CO2 emission levels. Airbus is supporting value
chains to accelerate the commercialisation of aviation
The value chain brings together farmers, oil-refiners and airlines to spearhead the commercialisation of sustainable bio-fuel production. Phase one of the project will be the feasibility study. Phase two, will narrow down the most promising solutions to a demonstration level, and phase three from 2014 onwards will look at implementation and scaling up of the production process.
|©AvStop Online Magazine Contact Us Return To News|