Airbus signs cooperation agreement to analyse potential of sustainable aviation fuel production in Russia
The Airbus value chain
Wed 28 Aug 2013 – Airbus and RT-Biotekhprom, part of the state-owned Rostec Corporation, have entered into a cooperation agreement to carry out a large-scale analysis of feedstocks in Russia and to evaluate how to accelerate the development and commercialisation of sustainable aviation fuels. The study will select a number of local sources of suitable raw materials that comply with ecological, economic and social sustainability criteria, and the aim is to complete a full sustainability analysis by the end of 2014. In collaboration with RT-Biotekhprom, Airbus will manage the analysis and ensure the fuel produced meets international aviation standards, alongside completing relevant flight test campaigns.
“Sustainable fuels are a crucial part of the roadmap to meet the aviation industry’s ambitious CO2 targets. We believe that the findings of this important study, which will be done for the first time in Russia, will contribute to a sustainable aviation sector in Russia,” said Christopher Buckley, Executive Vice-President Sales for Airbus. “Additionally, we will be able to share our expertise in this area for the benefit of Russian industry.”
Sergey Kraevoj, RT-Biotekhprom’s General Director, said: “The project will help us to improve the understanding of aviation biofuels commercialisation in Russia, identify the opportunities and challenges, and evaluate the possibility of social, economic, market and technology change and its cost, obstacles and challenges.” The research would have a positive effect in addressing energy conservation, emissions reduction and climate change issues by the Russian aviation sector, he added.
Rostech was established in 2007 in order to promote the development, production and export of civil, military and dual-purpose high-technology products, bringing together 663 entities which form 13 holding companies including RT-Biotekhprom, which specialises in biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical research and development.
Konstantin Diespersov, who will lead the project on behalf of RT-Biotekhprom, said: “We are delighted to be working with Airbus on this project. The decision for this partnership was based on the fact that we had the necessary technologies and findings with regard to biomass recycling.”
The addition of the new Russian venture is part of Airbus’ goal of forming sustainable aviation fuel value chains around the world, which so far have seen projects established in Latin America, Australia, Europe, China and the Middle East.