Aircraft manufacturer Embraer and leading Brazilian energy company Raízen have signed a deal to develop sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), Embraer announced.

The partnership would involve Raízen supplying Embraer with SAF, the company said in the 17 July statement.

Embraer said the agreement would help the company reach its goal of achieving 100% of its fuel consumption in Brazil being made up of SAF blends by 2030.

“SAF plays a key role in reducing aviation emissions in the short and medium term… this agreement aims to stimulate the growth and sustainability of the value chain as a whole,” Carlos Alberto Griner, vice president of People, ESG and Communications at Embraer, said.

The partnership also reinforces Raízen’s commitment to the development and research of sustainable fuels.

“As an integrated energy company, Raízen has challenging goals as we intend to expand the offer of renewable energy and fuel sources to the market by 80%,” Antonio Cardoso, vice president of Marketing and Services at Raízen, said.

A joint venture formed in 2020 between Cosan and Royal Dutch Shell, Raízen is involved in the production of biofuels and bioelectricity from sugarcane and is actively expanding its portfolio in renewable sources, such as second-generation ethanol (E2G), biogas, biomass and solar energy. It also controls a large fuel distribution network.

In the 2021/22 crop year, Raízen produced 3.5bn litres of ethanol, 6.2M tonnes of sugar and 2.9 TWh of bioenergy from sugarcane biomass.

Embraer designs, develops, manufactures and markets aircraft and systems.