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CYBERJAYA: The Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre (AMIC) aims to create innovative solutions for sustainable and alternative jet fuel production by determining the most suitable feedstock in the next three years. Chief technology officer Dr Cyrille Schwob said through the establishement of the Sustainable Fuel Centre of Excellence (COE), the research and technology initiative would be embarking with local and international organisations to promote local production of sustainable jet fuel in the region. The initiative would be done via the three-year memorandum of understanding cemented in December last year between Airbus, Malaysia Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development and Biotech Corp. “COE, housed in UPM, will conduct a series of assesments of local solutions for sustainable biomass production in determining the most suitable feedstock to ensure that future jet fuel production in Southeast Asia is based on only sustainable solutions,” he said.
He added the centre targets to complete its first assessment by the end of this year. Frederic Eychenne, Airbus New Energies Programme Manager, said according to the latest Global Market Forecast, Asia-Pacific would lead in world traffic by 2032, hence this collaboration is part of Airbus’s support to traffic growth whilst reducing aviation’s footprint in the environment. “As members of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), we also had agreed to reduce carbon emissions by 50 per cent from 2005 levels by 2050,” he added. AMIC is part of the Entry Point Project initiative outlined in the Economic Transformation Programme which is expected to be instrumental in enhancing Malaysia’s aerospace industry competitiveness.– Bernama Source : Business Times

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