Germany and the U.S. have signed a government-to-government agreement to cooperate on developing the use of drop-in sustainable aviation biofuels on both side of the Atlantic.

The pact was signed at the ILA Berlin Air Show by German Federal Transport Minister Dr. Peter Ramsauer and U.S. Ambassador Philip D. Murphy.

The agreement will serve as an umbrella for politicians, policymakers, scientists, project developers and airlines to accelerate cooperation to bring sustainable jet fuels to volume production and build the infrastructure to handle them on a drop-in basis. They will also cooperate on developing sustainability standards, gaining approval for new production methods and expanding the raw materials basis for alternative aviation fuels.

“With the US-German intergovernmental agreement, we aim to make research and development in alternative aviation fuels even more dynamic. This provides us with a good framework within which forward-looking solutions can be discussed,” said Ramsauer.

A first sign of such cooperation is a joint conference on the future of alternative aviation fuels here at ILA by the U.S. Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) and its German counterpart, aireg. The two groups are coalitions that aim to bring fuel and aviation industries together and help shape government policies to encourage the use of alternative fuels.

Joachim Szodruch, president of aireg, noted that his organization aims to see by 2025 the replacement of 10% of German jet fuel with biofuels, the operation in Germany of at least one large industrial refinery for alternative fuels, and to have in place a government policy to secure the supply of feedstocks.