Global aerospace company Embraer and energy business Raízen sign a Letter of Intent on the 16th of July to show their commitment to developing Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

Embraer will become the first aircraft manufacturer to use SAF that may be distributed by Raízen, a global leader in bioenergy.

The future of the aircraft industry

With international borders slowly opening up, citizens have begun to book commercial flights eager to explore the world post-pandemic, however, flying continues to be a highly controversial concern in climate debates as international flights continue to increase.

The partnership between Embraer and Raízen in developing SAF will initiate and encourage the co-existence of society’s love for travel and protecting global ecosystems for future generations.

Carlos Alberto Griner, Vice President of People, ESG, and Communications at Embraer comments:

“SAF plays a key role in reducing aviation emissions in the short and medium term. Therefore, this agreement aims to stimulate the growth and sustainability of the value chain as a whole,” 

The agreement will allow Embraer to work towards its environmental goal of neutralising its carbon footprints by 2040 as more than 60% of emissions in the company operations stem from the use of aviation fuel in tests and production flights.

The partnership between Embraer and Raízen reinforces each agenda in seeking methods to reduce their carbon footprint and promote a sustainable method of connecting people and places together. 

The future of aviation is in the hands of SAF. 

Flight cancellations during lockdown led to family members being scattered around the world and a decline in economies that rely on tourism, highlighting the significance of the aviation industry in bridging communities, cultures, and businesses across all continents.

A plane flying across a field
Embraer and Raízen spark positive change for the aviation industry in their development of SAF © Getty Images

Can SAF support longterm change?

According to IATA, SAF is between two and four times the price of conventional jet fuel, but Embraer is determined to prioritise sustainability at the forefront of their operations, as they aim to achieve their environmental goal of having SAF blends representing 100% of its fuel consumption in Brazil by 2030.

“The partnership with Raízen demonstrates our pioneering spirit on the subject and symbolizes the many opportunities for strategic partnerships that can generate new business possibilities in the area of ​​sustainable fuels for our company, and regarding the air transport industry as a whole,” said Roberto Chaves, Embraer’s Chief Procurement Officer.

Brazilian largest company, Raízen has avoided 30 million tons of C02 emissions, and its goal is to expand the decarbonisation potential of its products by avoiding over 10 million tons of CO2 emissions per year.

In addition to the expansion of their renewable portfolio that has their products such as bio-electricity being generated by 100% clean energy sources.

Razen’s network of 7,900 reseller service stations throughout South America and Embraer’s aircraft, which take off somewhere in the world every ten seconds, demonstrate the global impact that the collaboration’s formation can have.

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