Sustaining green aviation at Sea-Tac

Written by: Alwyn Brice |
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A total of 13 airlines, including Alaska Airlines, Delta, Horizon and Spirit, will work together with the aim of making available low carbon aviation fuel at Seattle airport.

The airline partners plan to meet the specific sustainable aviation fuel timetable and goals that were approved by the Port of Seattle Commission in December 2017. Notable amongst the decisions taken was the aim of achieving a minimum of 10% sustainable jet fuel within a decade: this drop-in fuel would be produced locally. Longer term, it is hoped to increase that figure to 50% by 2050.

Around 700m gallons of jet fuel are used annually at Seattle Tacoma and if the projected 10% figure is achieved, this would result in the elimination of over 682,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases each year.

“Creating a market for sustainable aviation fuel in Washington state will require groundbreaking partnerships in aviation, agriculture, finance and public policy. We appreciate the efforts of airlines at Sea-Tac who support this innovative effort to protect our environment and advance a clean energy economy,” commented the Port of Seattle's Commissioner, Courtney Gregoire.



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