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Boe­ing has teamed up with SAA to de­velop jet fuel from a to­bacco plant in an ef­fort to cut car­bon emis­sions and pro­mote green en­ergy in Africa’s most ad­vanced econ­omy.

The jet fuel will be made from a hy­brid to­bacco plant known as So­laris, which will be pro­duced by al­ter­na­tive jet fuel maker SkyNRG, the com­pa­nies said in a joint state­ment this week.

Test farm­ing of the plants, which are nico­tine-free, is on­go­ing in South Africa, and bio­fuel out­put is ex­pected in the “next few years”, the com­pa­nies said.

“By us­ing hy­brid to­bacco, we can lever­age knowl­edge of to­bacco grow­ers in South Africa to grow a mar­ketable bio­fuel crop with­out en­cour­ag­ing smok­ing,” said Ian Cruick­shank, SAA’s group en­vi­ron­men­tal af­fairs spe­cial­ist.

South Africa has set the begin­ning of Oc­to­ber next year as the date when fuel pro­duc­ers will start blend­ing diesel and petrol with bio­fuel to cut its re­liance on im­ported fuel. – Reuters

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