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Qantas receives grant to help biofuels takeoff



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Minister for Resources and Energy, Minister for Tourism

Qantas Receives Grant to Help Biofuels Takeoff 13 April 2012

As a Qantas Airbus A330 left Sydney today on a 50-50 blend of biofuel and regular jet fuel, the Australian Government announced it will help fund a study into the sustainable production and commercialisation of aviation biofuels in Australia.

The Minister for Resources and Energy, Martin Ferguson AM MP, said the $500,000 Emerging Renewables Program grant would see Qantas partner with Shell Australia to undertake a feasibility study into the long-term viability of biofuel feedstock and the production of low carbon alternative aviation fuels in Australia

"The study will also investigate the opportunity to use existing refining plant and fuel distribution infrastructure for aviation biofuel production," Minister Ferguson said.

"As the Government's Advanced Biofuels Study indicated, the development of a biofuels industry in Australia will require significant commitment and investment from the private sector.

"The Qantas-Shell partnership is a great example of how industry-led collaboration, combined with Government support, can drive the development of alternative transport fuels in Australia.

"The aviation industry is the most rapidly growing mode of transport in Australia, and the development of alternative fuels offers energy security, job opportunities, and supports efforts to lower Australia's carbon emissions," Minister Ferguson said.

"Today's flight, together with the feasibility study, represents an important step towards an Australian aviation industry powered by our own biofuels.

"This could be the beginning of Qantas becoming 'Flying Bio-Roo'."

Further information on the Emerging Renewables Program is available at www.acre.gov.au.

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Kate Sieper - 0466 745 615

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