Boeing announces aviation biofuels deal in China

Boeing, PetroChina and Chinese energy and aviation industry representatives Thursday announced an agreement to evaluate establishing a sustainable aviation biofuels industry in China.

The assessment, set to start in June, will look at all phases of biofuel development and supports a broader sustainable aviation biofuel agreement between China's National Energy Administration and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, Boeing said.

"Boeing is actively pursuing biofuel research around the world," Boeing China President David Wang said in a news release. "Sustainable biofuels can help reduce carbon emissions while offering the potential to lessen aviation's dependence on fossil fuels. Through these agreements China, its aviation sector and its leadership are demonstrating tremendous drive in the quest to develop a clean, sustainable aviation fuel supply."

Also, Boeing Research & Technology and the Chinese Academy of Science's Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology have agreed to expand their collaboration on algae-based aviation biofuel development to bring in other research institutions and aviation supply chain members. Boeing and the academy previously announced they would create a joint sustainable aviation biofuels research and development laboratory in Qingdao.

Finally, Air China, PetroChina, Boeing and Honeywell's UOP have agreed to conduct an inaugural flight in China using sustainable biofuel derived from biomass grown and processed in that country.

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