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Airbus to Spur Brazil Biofuel That May Supply World Cup Flights

Jan. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Airbus SAS is seeking partners in Brazil to promote use of inedible plants and organic waste in making fuel that may supply planes at the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

“We could maybe produce the fuel for the next Olympic Games or World Cup because there would be demand and consumers for this occasion,” Frederic Eychenne, Airbus New Energies Program Manager, said by phone. “It will be a good lever to accelerate the production of renewable jet fuel in Brazil.”

Airbus is among plane makers looking to set up supply hubs on every continent connecting farmers, refiners and airlines to help boost the clean jetfuel industry. Boeing Co. and Embraer SA are also studying jet biofuel in Brazil. Airlines in July 2011 won approval to blend it with traditional kerosene-based fuel.

“We need to have in place the conditions of certainty for regulation and policy,” Eychenne said. “We need a framework around land-use and sustainability standards and then we need to consider accelerating funding for development and innovation.”

Airbus is working with Jet Airways India Ltd. on a biofuel flight in the country in the first half. The company plans a Chinese flight in May using 50 percent waste and algae oil and is working in France with companies such as Total SA.

The European Commission plans to produce 2 million metric tons of alternative fuels for airlines in Europe by 2020.

By 2025 to 2030, Eychenne said he expects biofuel to be the same price as fossil fuel. Airlines including Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Air France-KLM Group have so far flown using biofuel.

To contact the reporter on this story: Louise Downing in London at ldowning4@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at landberg@bloomberg.net

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