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Air NZ and Virgin Oz seek clean, green local biofuel

March 15, 2016 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia are seeking to buy locally-produced aviation biofuel as part of a new partnership.

Biofuels are viewed as one of the best ways for the aviation industry to reduce its carbon footprint. On a full carbon lifecycle basis, using the equivalent quantity of some alternative fuels could reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by about 80% compared to the jet fuel they replace.

The trans-Tasman alliance partners said yesterday they had released a request for information (RFI) to the market with view to procuring locally-produced aviation biofuel.

Air New Zealand chief flight operations and safety officer, Captain David Morgan, says the airline recognises the impact aviation has on the environment and the RFI is a key initiative under its carbon management program.

“By working in partnership with our alliance partner Virgin Australia we hope we can stimulate the local market, drive innovation and investment and potentially uncover a sustainable biofuel supply suitable for our respective operations,” Morgan said.

Virgin Australia Head of Sustainability Robert Wood says the airline is committed to stimulating the development of a sustainable aviation biofuel industry in the region.

“Aviation biofuel offers a significant opportunity for the aviation industry to reduce emissions whilst also building long-term fuel security for the sector,” Wood said.

“We are seeing the development of the aviation biofuel industry accelerate internationally but that is not yet the case for our region. We are confident that our collaboration with Air New Zealand to procure a large volume of aviation biofuel will de-risk investment in the sector, creating high-tech, high-skilled jobs in the region.”

Both airlines are committed to ensuring that aviation biofuel delivers environmental, social and economic benefits, and respondents to the RFI are encouraged to address these principles.

Interested parties have until 30 May 2016 to express their interest.

Edited by Peter Needham

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