Innovative partnership with 13 airlines aims to replace 10 percent of traditional jet fuel with local, sustainable supply in 10 years
The Port of Seattle announced today that 13 airlines, including Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Horizon Airlines, Spirit Airlines and more, have agreed to collaborate on a work plan for providing all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with access to sustainable aviation fuel, a low-carbon and sustainably produced biofuel alternative to jet fuel. Widespread use of SAF can reduce carbon emissions and other air pollutants, helping to reduce the community and environmental impact of the existing and forecasted growth at Sea-Tac.
The partners will work to meet the specific sustainable aviation fuel timetable and goals approved by the Port of Seattle Commission in December 2017: for 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.
Airlines at Sea-Tac Airport will be projected to use about 700 million gallons of jet fuel per year. A 10 percent reduction would eliminate 70 million gallons of jet fuel, the equivalent of 682,500 metric tons of airlines’ greenhouse gas emissions.
“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,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner Courtney Gregoire.
“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