BE-Basic en de Nederlandse partners KLM en SkyNRG hebben een Memorandum of Understanding getekend met de Braziliaanse staat Minas Gerais, om gezamenlijk op te trekken in de ontwikkeling van een biokerosine waardeketen voor de luchtvaart in de staat Minas Gerais. De belangrijke aspecten van de ontwikkeling van biobrandstoffen als een strategisch element voor de toekomst van de luchtvaart liggen in de capaciteit van het reduceren van de afhankelijkheid van fossiele brandstoffen, het reduceren van logistieke kosten en het reduceren van broeikasgas emissies.
BE-Basic, SkyNRG and KLM are now officially partners of the Plataforma Mineira de Bioquerosene, founded in March 2014 by Minas Gerais, civil aviation and agriculture stakeholders, and research institutes. Together with Brazilian platform members such as Amyris, Azul, Boeing, Embraer, Gol, RSB, Solazyme and UFMG, the new Dutch members will stimulate the development of sustainable biofuels for the aviation sector. Activities within this platform cover the complete value chain, from innovation in feedstock, sustainable production technologies to boost the demand for bio jet fuels and to increase public awareness.
Through the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the civil aviation sector is commited to an ambitious reduction of its environmental impact: carbon neutral growth until 2020 and a 50% reduction in GHG until 2050. Besides innovations in airplane technology, bio jet fuels play a crucial role in achieving such ambitions.
With Brazil on its way to become the 4th biggest domestic air traffic market, the State of Minas Gerais sees major opportunities for socioeconomic and sustainable development of the state and the country. “We foresee that working with the new Dutch platform members will accelerate our strong ambitions to supply the global demand of the Civil Aviation with significant quantities of sustainable jet fuel. We want to ensure we can meet the short and long term future demand from customers, airports and authorities” says Mr. Rogerio Neri, Secretary of Economic Development of the State of Minas Gerais.
For BE-Basic, SkyNRG and KLM, this new partnership offers both scientific and economic opportunities.
Luuk van der Wielen (Chair of the BE-Basic Board): “We are proud to extend our Brazilian partnerships by teaming up with the ambitious Plataforma de Bioquerosene. We have seen the power to accelerate innovation by focused public private partnerships; connecting great science and technology to create new business opportunities. In Minas Gerais ingredients for success are present, and we are proud and happy to contribute”.
Dirk Kronemeijer CEO of SkyNRG states “We feel the momentum for bio jet is accelerating in Brazil. This is being backed up by new technologies & certification schemes kicking in which will further improve the long term business case. We are therefore excited to help develop the Minas Gerais opportunity leveraging our global Bio Port experience’
“KLM is pleased to be part of the development of biojet fuel in Brazil, together with our Brazilian partners such as GOL and Embraer, and the important and highly valued support from the federal and state governments, such as Minas Gerais. Together we can achieve the goal of producing biojet fuel at competitive prices, both in Brazil and in The Netherlands” according to Marcel Kuijn, Commercial Director of Air France KLM in Brazil.
Consolidation of a bioport is one of the objectives of Minas Gerais. The new Dutch platform members will share their experiences with the recent installation of BioPort Holland, which long term targets as producing 1 million ton of bio jet fuel in 2020 and short term targets as supplying 1% of KLM’s entire fleet with sustainable jet fuel by the year 2015.
BE-Basic is the Dutch Public Private Consortium on Biobased Economy composed of over 40 mainly Dutch universities, knowledge institutes and companies. Part of the BE-Basic funding comes from a research grant from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs for executing the initial BE-Basic Program. The purpose of BE-Basic is to develop the required knowledge and technology to stimulate biotechnology based ecologically balanced sustainable industrial chemistry in the Netherlands and beyond.
More information about BE-Basic can be found: www.be-basic.org
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