Boeing not just opened a new engineering and technology center in Brazil, but is working in partnership with Embraer to develop opportunities for SAF.
Boeing has opened its 15th global engineering site in Brazil. The center, based in São José dos Campos (SP), where the company began operations in 2014, will employ about 500 engineers and focus on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) development.
Focus on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)
Boeing’s new Engineering and Technology Center has a primary focus of working with the State University of Campinas (Unicamp) to develop the third phase of the SAFMaps database. The database aims to understand the feasibility of the most promising inputs for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production in specific areas in Brazil. Boeing believes that Brazil can be vital in SAF production and is actively engaged in mapping agricultural opportunities for such via SAFMaps.
Boeing has also invested $2 million in initiatives that maximize social, economic, and environmental benefits for communities involved in developing raw materials for SAF. Brazil is one of the world’s leading sugar cane producers, a process that leaves behind straw and bagasse that cannot be used in food production but is optimal for biofuels.