The Port of Seattle, which operates Seattle-Tacoma Airport – known for its continued efforts in establishing a comprehensively environmentally-conscious apron – has approved a plan to supply all airlines with sustainable fuel.
It was announced earlier this month that the Port of Seattle will collaborate with over 12 airlines to supply them all with sustainable fuel. The airlines include Alaska Airlines, Delta Airlines, Horizon Airlines among others.
The port intends to supply a low-carbon and sustainably produced biofuel to the airlines as an alternative to jet fuel.
The partnership intends to supply a minimum of 10 percent of sustainable jet fuel to be produced locally from sustainable sources within 10 years, increasing to 50 percent by 2050, according to BioMass magazine.
The report notes that Port of Seattle Commissioner Courtney Gregoire said, “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”.
“Cross industry partnerships like this one will be critical to breaking the logjam that prevents progressive industries in our state from accessing affordable renewable fuels. We can address carbon reduction in a meaningful way by focusing on transportation, and I am pleased to see our local Port and aviation partners leading this effort”, said Washington State Senator Reuven Carlyle, Chair of Senate Energy, Science and Technology Committee.
“I’d like to thank the Port for their leadership on this initiative. Even though Alaska already operates the most fuel efficient fleet in the industry, we are always looking for ways to further reduce our carbon footprint, and this landmark MOU further demonstrates our commitment to the environment and the Seattle community,” stated Shane Jones, vice president of Airport Real Estate and Development for Alaska Airlines.