The Port of Seattle has partnered with 13 airlines to create a work plan to provide access to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) in the US.
The partner airlines include Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Horizon Air, Icelandair and Lufthansa.
Increasing use of SAF can help to reduce carbon emissions and other air pollutants, as well as the community and environmental impact of the existing and forecasted growth at the airport.
SAF is a low-carbon and biofuel alternative to jet fuel.
The partners will work to achieve the specific sustainable aviation fuel timetable and goals approved by the Port of Seattle Commission last December.
They will collaborate to produce at least 10% of sustainable jet fuel locally using sustainable sources within ten years, increasing to 50% by 2050.
Airlines at Sea-Tac are expected to use nearly 700 million gallons of jet fuel per annum. A 10% reduction would save 70 million gallons of jet fuel, which is equal to 682,500mt of airlines’ greenhouse gas emissions.
Port of Seattle commissioner Courtney Gregoire said: “Creating a market for sustainable aviation fuel in Washington 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.”
Since 2011, Alaska Airlines has flown approximately 80 flights using sustainable aviation biofuel produced from used cooking oil, forest residuals and non-edible corn.