Sorghum plant. ©iStockphoto.com/Dean Bergmann

Boeing announced it is working with Hawai'i BioEnergy to find renewable energy sources for creating aviation fuel.

Under terms of a collaboration agreement, the two companies will identify various crops, including sorghum and eucalyptus, as potential sources that can be grown locally and converted to jet fuel. The partnership will also assess new supporting technologies for aviation biofuel production.

"As an Asia Pacific gateway and leading tourism destination, Hawaii can play a meaningful role in helping aviation reduce carbon emissions, while increasing regional energy resources," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes VP-environment and aviation policy Billy Glover. "This collaborative effort will allow us to examine potential local options, while protecting the beauty and culture these islands have to offer."