Aircraft maker Boeing and South African Airways (SAA) announced they will launch a program to develop and implement a sustainable aviation bio-fuel supply chain in South Africa in 2013.
This will be the first aviation bio-fuel program in Africa.
Boeing currently partners with airlines, research institutions, governments and other stakeholders to develop road maps for bio-fuel supply chains in many countries including the United States, China, Australia and Brazil.
Tests show that bio-fuel derived from organic sources such as plants or algae performs as well as or better than petroleum-based aviation fuel.
It also produces fewer overall carbon emissions than traditional fuels because the plants used for making the bio-fuel use carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere while growing.