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Air France Teams Up With Airbus, Safran And Total To Develop Aviation Biofuels In France

June 24, 2013 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

AirfanceToday, at the Bourget Air Show, Air France, Airbus, Safran and Total are organizing the “Joining our Energies – Biofuel Initiative France” flight to illustrate the French industry’s technical capacity to integrate aeronautical biofuels.

Air France teams up with Airbus, Safran and Total to develop aviation biofuels in France

The air transport sector currently generates around 2% of global man-made CO2 emissions. As the aviation industry has no alternative to liquid fuels of fossil origin, the use of biofuels is essential for drastically reducing CO2emissions.

To support the emergence of a French industrial subsidiary, all the concerned players and public authorities must presently join forces in identifying concrete solutions from the following perspectives:

  • Environmental and social: a positive carbon assessment taking into account land use, non-competition with the food sector, minimum water use and positive social impact,
  • Technical: development of industrial sectors in accordance with locally-available resources, procurement, distribution and certification,
  • Economic: development of a model to reduce the additional costs vis-à-vis fossil fuels.

The demonstration flight between Toulouse and Le Bourget is carried out by Airbus A321 with sharklets and powered by CFM56 engines. This aircraft uses Biojet A-1 Total/Amyris, a biofuel produced from an innovative sugar-processing technology.


For many years, Air France has been committed to reducing its environmental impact, with an aim to achieve neutral growth in CO2 emissions as from 2020. In addition to conducting research into sustainable biofuels. The Company is continuing the integration of sustainable development in its products and services by recycling on average 80% of articles used for inflight service.

For the eighth consecutive year in 2012, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index Index Index (DJSI), the main international index evaluating companies on their performance in terms of sustainable development, once again ranked Air France-KLM leader in the air transport sector. For the fourth consecutive year, the Group ranked top of the wider “Transport and leisure” sector. This distinction is presented to the 19 most environmentally-aware companies worldwide, each in their own sector of activity.

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