Iberia, Airbus and the Spanish Government launch bio-fuel initiative to reduce CO2 emissions

Friday 1, April 2011


Iberia, Airbus and the Spanish Government launch bio-fuel initiative to reduce CO2 emissions


Iberia, Airbus, the Spanish government and the state company Senasa 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. The agreement has been signed today during Aerodays 2011 sessions, organized by CDTI and the European Commission, celebrated in Madrid from March 30th until April 1st.


Signatories to this agreement include Antonio Vázquez, Iberia chairman, Tom Enders, Airbus president and CEO, the state secretary of Transport, Isaías Táboas, and Eugenia Llorens, Senasa president.


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.


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.


“Climate Change is one of the major challenges affecting the growth of our industry and Air transport will only be able to meet its emissions-reduction targets if sustainable alternative fuels are deployed. Through this initiative, Iberia provides its long experience in the fields of flight operation and aircraft maintenance to conduct the necessary tests that will allow aviation to make the use bio-fuels a reality”, said Antonio Vázquez.


“Biofuels 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 specific focus is to help developing bio-fuel value chains that will take this a step closer to reality."


“The implementation of biofuels for aviation in Spain, as a “value chain framework” is a goal that will reduce our dependence on oil, make our companies more competitive by reducing costs associated with CO2 and create value and wealth in other sectors of the economy” said Isaías Táboas "We are fully confident that both the public and private sector can cooperate in the development and implementation"


The initiative is being lead by the Air Safety State-Agency (AESA), and the Services and Studies for Air Navigation and Aeronautical Safety/Observatory of Sustainability in Aviation (SENASA/OBSA). The  Ministries of the Environment and Industry and private companies form energetic, aeronautic, logistic and agricultural sector are working together with the Transport Ministry in the develop of the iniciative.



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