A project to advance research and development of biojet fuel in Mexico was announced on 24 February including participants such as Boeing and Grupo Aeromexico SAB de CV.

The Mexican government and participating institutions will provide financing for four years, with the goal of developing "a self-sustaining business model".

The initiative will involve research into biomass sourcing, fuel making, sustainability and lifecycle assessment, and aviation biofuel market development.

The list of biojet fuel feedstocks in Mexico is expected to include sewage sludge, jatropha and salt-tolerant salicornia.

"Sustainable jet fuel will play a critical role in reducing aviation's carbon emissions and will bring a new and innovative industry to Mexico," said Marc Allen, president of Boeing International.

Mexico's Airports and Auxiliary Services (ASA) is also involved in the initiative, alongside local research centres, Mexican companies, the Mexican Petroleum Institute and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, among others.

The Potosinian Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (IPICYT) is leading the initiative, which will be coordinated through the Mexican Bioenergy Innovation Center.