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WestJet teams up with CETC to fast-track biojet development in Western Canada

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WestJet Bombardier Q400 (photo courtesy WestJet).
WestJet Bombardier Q400 (photo courtesy WestJet). WestJet Bombardier Q400 (photo courtesy WestJet).

Canada-based air carrier WestJet has announced that it has teamed up with Alberta-based, Clean Energy Technology Centre (CETC) to accelerate the development of sustainable aviation biofuel in Western Canada.

WestJet’s collaboration with the CETC is an exciting first step in supporting the development and deployment of a sustainable fuel alternative in Western Canada. It’s a natural step to getting actively involved in tapping Western Canada’s innovation potential in developing scalable, affordable, and sustainable aviation biofuels, said Geoffrey Tauvette, WestJet Director, Environment and Fuel in a statement.

According to Tauvette aviation biofuels represent the biggest and best opportunity for aviation to significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The focus now is on developing sustainable sources, abundantly available in Alberta’s Drayton Valley, to make aviation biofuel.

The location and proximity of Drayton Valley can help solve many of the challenges that face the development of biofuel – namely finding an efficient and economical way of getting fuel from production to aircraft.

The CETC itself is located in Drayton Valley, the home also to the “Bio Mile,” an integrated bio-industrial park with close proximity to forestry and oil and gas industries whose infrastructure and human resources could eventually support the development of the alternative fuel source.

We are extremely well positioned and are excited to work with WestJet in these early stages looking forward to what the future holds for aviation biofuels in Canada, said Manny Deol, CEO of CETC.

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