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US, Australia Cooperate On Alternative Aviation Fuels

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

22 September 2011


The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Australia’s Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism have reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to continue research and development of clean, sustainable alternative aviation fuels.

US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Australian Ambassador to the United States Kim Beazley signed the agreement on September 13.

Welcoming the agreement, Lahood said: “Air travel is global and we need international partners to develop these innovative new fuels. Our ultimate goal is to work with all of the Asia Pacific nations to achieve a sustainable, independent energy future for aviation, and this is an exciting first step.”

The MoU calls for Australia and the United States to exchange information about policies, programs, projects, research results, and publications, and to conduct joint studies in areas such as fuel sources and environmental impacts. The memorandum also facilitates analysis of fuel source supply chains. The signing nations have agreed to cover the associated costs.

“The Department of Transport and the FAA are committed to making aviation as clean and as energy efficient as possible as part of our NextGen air traffic modernization goals,” said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. “This agreement and others with our international partners will enable the FAA to better share and exchange technologies and research to attain these goals not only for US aviation but air travel on the global level.”

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