It is a vital contribution," said Antonio De Palmas, Boeing's president for EU and NATO relations.
Typically, the flights operate with 50% biofuels and 50% fossil fuel," said De Palmas, the company's president for EU-NATO relations.
"In 2007, the R&D challenge was a central one.
I think we can say now after more than three years that the product is there, the technology is there.
Clearly we need more R&D to optimise the product to increase the energy coefficient of these biofuels, but the product is there," De Palmas
The challenge is to get enough biomass to refine biofuels for aviation, adds De Palmas
For Antonio De Palmas, president for EU and NATO relations at US planemaker Boeing, biofuels will be essential to meet the sector's pledge for carbon-neutral growth.
"Without biofuels we cannot get there.
It is a vital contribution," he
in an interview.
"New aircrafts, new engines and improved air traffic management will of course also play a role, but biofuels will play a significant part," he
, the priority now is commercialisation and getting sufficient amounts of biomass to refine for the airline sector.
Currently, most of the biomass is used for road transport, meaning competition is very tough.
"Compared to road transport fuels, we are really really small, which means that we have less attention from the big fuel suppliers from a market point of view," De Palmas
said this is where policymakers can come in - "to make sure we are not disadvantaged at least compared to other sectors when it comes to getting the right amount of biomass to refine biofuels".
Antonio De Palmas, Boeing president for EU and NATO relations, underlined the need for a global approach when it comes to biofuels sustainability criteria.