Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has completed the successful testing of its Phenom 300E and Praetor 600 aircraft using 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
This achievement marks a major step forward in the aviation industry’s quest for sustainability and a cleaner, greener future.
The Path to Sustainable Aviation
Embraer’s commitment to sustainability is unwavering, and this milestone exemplifies the company’s dedication to making aviation more eco-friendly.
The tests, which took place at Embraer’s Melbourne facility, involved running one of the aircraft engines on 100% SAF.
The event was supported by key players in the industry, including Honeywell Aerospace, Parker, Pratt & Whitney Canada, and Safran.
This groundbreaking endeavor not only underlines Embraer’s commitment to sustainability but also aims to promote the adoption of SAF among customers and within the aviation industry as a whole.
SAF is a renewable energy source that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80% when compared to traditional jet fuel, aligning perfectly with Embraer’s ambitious goal of achieving carbon-neutral operations by 2040.
Additionally, this initiative supports the broader aerospace sector in achieving its net-zero emissions target by 2050.
A Proud Moment for Embraer
Michael Amalfitano, the President and CEO of Embraer Executive Jets, expressed the company’s pride in this milestone achievement.
He stated, “We are proud to have successfully flown the Phenom 300E and Praetor 600 on 100% neat SAF, an important step as our operators are increasingly interested in and adopting this fuel.”
“This achievement is an important milestone in our journey towards net-zero emissions by 2050 and demonstrates our commitment to sustainability, our customers, and our stakeholders.”
As of now, all Embraer aircraft are approved to use a blend of up to 50% SAF mixed with conventional jet fuel, adhering to ASTM International specifications.
However, the future holds the promise of further progress, with possible specifications that allow for fuels containing up to 100% SAF.
Such a shift can maximize the potential for reducing emissions by utilizing sustainable, non-fossil-based sources.
Embraer’s commitment to sustainability extends throughout its business strategy. The flights of the Phenom 300 and Praetor 600 on 100% neat SAF serve as significant milestones in these efforts.
However, this is just the beginning. Embraer is committed to continuing its journey toward a more sustainable future for the aviation industry.
Embraer is actively exploring a range of initiatives to reduce its environmental impact, including research and development efforts in low- and zero-emission alternative propulsion systems. This includes endeavors in electrification, hybrid-electric technology, and the potential of hydrogen as a fuel source.