Brazilian Airline GOL to Make First International Commercial Flights With
Newly Approved Amyris-Total Aviation Biofuel
International Flights From Florida to Sao Paulo Using Sugarcane-Derived
Renewable Jet Fuel Support GOL Environmental Performance Objectives
EMERYVILLE, Calif., July 9, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Amyris (Nasdaq:AMRS) has
partnered with Brazilian airline GOL (NYSE:GOL) to begin the first commercial
route with farnesane, the recently approved renewable jet fuel.
GOL has committed to fly its Boeing 737 fleet with up to a 10 percent blend of
the renewable fuel on its U.S. to Brazil routes starting with initial flights
later this month. Supported by Boeing (NYSE:BA), the Inter-American
Development Bank (IDB) and other partners, Amyris is working to bring this
new, renewable jet fuel to commercial airlines starting with Brazil's GOL
"We at Amyris are thrilled that GOL will be using our renewable jet fuel blend
for their flight route from the United States to Brazil, the first of what we
expect to be many routes with the world's leading airlines. With our partner
Total, Amyris is working to support the performance goals set by the aviation
industry by bringing to market a drop-in, low-carbon jet fuel solution," said
John Melo, President & CEO at Amyris.
Developed by Amyris, an industrial bioscience company, and Total, one of the
world's leading energy companies, this new aviation renewable fuel meets the
rigorous performance requirements set for Jet A/A-1 fuel used by the global
commercial aviation industry. On June 15, ASTM revised the ASTM for jet fuel
standard, paving the way for airlines to use Synthesized Iso-Paraffin (SIP)
farnesane as a jet fuel component in commercial airlines globally. When
produced sustainably, farnesane can reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by up to
80% on a lifecycle basis compared to traditional petroleum fuels.
"This low carbon and sustainable biofuel is part of a major commitment of GOL
to address the IATA Carbon Neutral Growth 2020 Program. We are working closely
with the Brazilian Biojet Fuel Platform to achieve the 1% blend milestone in
early 2016, beginning with more than 200 sustainable flights during the World
Cup in Brazil," said Pedro Scorza, Director of Technical Operations from GOL.
"Using the Amyris-Total renewable jet fuel in our flight route from the United
States to Brazil is another way to bring public awareness to the importance of
sustainable fuel solutions to the global environment."
The global aviation industry has committed to aggressive goals to reduce its
GHG emissions, including achieving carbon neutral growth by 2020 and reducing
emissions by 50 percent by 2050 compared to 2005. In addition to improving the
efficiency of airplanes and flight operations, sustainable aviation biofuel
represents a major opportunity for commercial aviation to reduce emissions.
Approved renewable jet fuels are drop-in and can be blended directly with
petroleum jet fuel without any changes to airplanes, engines or fueling
"As part of Boeing's long-term commitment to advance sustainable aviation
biofuel, we are pleased to work alongside our customer GOL, as well as Amyris
and Total, to support the first commercial flights using a farnesane blend,"
said Julie Felgar, Boeing Commercial Airplanes managing director of
Environmental Strategy and Integration.
In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, industry studies have shown
that farnesane reduces particulate matter emissions by 3%, reducing pollution
near airports and major metropolitan areas. This renewable jet fuel, which is
made in Brazil from sugarcane, can be up to 30% more efficient in land use
compared to other renewable fuels (by liters/hectare) and it could become
approximately 70% more efficient than such fuels when new technologies, like
sugar from cellulosic feedstocks, become commercially available.
The revised standard, D7566, developed by ASTM Committee on Petroleum
Products, Liquid Fuels, and Lubricants, now includes the use of renewable
farnesane as a blending component in jet fuels for commercial aviation. This
latest version of ASTM D7566, Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel
Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons, will allow a biomass-based renewable jet
fuel, as developed by Amyris and Total, to support the commercial airliners'
goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Amyris is an integrated renewable products company focused on providing
sustainable alternatives to a broad range of petroleum-sourced products.
Amyris uses its industrial bioscience technology platform to convert plant
sugars into a variety of hydrocarbon molecules -- flexible building blocks
that can be used in a wide range of products. Amyris is commercializing these
products both as No Compromise® renewable ingredients in cosmetics, flavors
and fragrances, polymers, lubricants and consumer products, and also as No
Compromise renewable diesel and jet fuel. Amyris Brasil Ltda., a subsidiary of
Amyris, oversees the establishment and expansion of Amyris's production in
Brazil. More information about Amyris is available at www.amyris.com.
Amyris Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements, and any statements other
than statements of historical facts could be deemed to be forward-looking
statements. These forward-looking statements include, among other things,
statements regarding future events (including commencement of commercial
flights using Amyris-Total aviation biofuel and the performance and benefits
of such fuel for the aviation industry and environment) that involve risks and
uncertainties. These statements are based on management's current expectations
and actual results and future events may differ materially due to risks and
uncertainties, including those associated with Amyris's reliance on third
parties to achieve its goals, competition, delays or failures in product
adoption or acceptance by customers, and other risks detailed in the "Risk
Factors" section of Amyris's quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed on May 9,
2014. Amyris disclaims any obligation to update information contained in these
forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future
events, or otherwise.
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