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Alternative Fuels Programs

Sustainable Aviation Fuels Program  

Sea-Tac Airport has joined The Boeing Company, Alaska Airlines, Washington State University, Spokane and Portland airports, and Climate Solutions to explore what feedstocks can be produced and refined in the Northwest region to create biojet fuels for commercial aircraft. In addition to reducing the dependency on oil, greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced. 

“Airports have been leaders for years in finding ways to reduce their environmental footprint, from clean fuel sources for taxis and shuttles to electrification of ground equipment and pre-conditioned air, but in order to take the next big step we have to address emissions from aircraft.  We can’t get there without biofuels. It not only will help the sustainability of the Northwest but also the aviation industry.”  

Bill Bryant, Port of Seattle Commission President.

Read the full Press Release.

SAFN Executive Summary (2.07 MB PDF)
SAFN 2011 Report (5.88 MB PDF)

Learn more about the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Program and watch the video.

Other programs 

The port and its partner Clean Energy opened Washington's first large scale, public access natural gas station, just south of Sea-Tac Airport. Emissions from gasoline and diesel fuel engines are the largest contributors to air pollution in our region. This compressed natural gas station is open 24 hours a day. The port's alternative fuel program requires airport departments to replace vehicles, where practical, with alternative fueled vehicles, including natural gas.

Located at: 19425 28th Ave S, SeaTac WA 98188
Sea-Tac Airport has contracted with Yellow Cab Company to provide taxi service.  Within this agreement, Sea-Tac and Yellow have mapped out actions to reduce emissions associated with taxi vehicles.  They include:
  • Ensuring within one year, that 100 percent of its vehicle fleet uses alternative fuels, as defined by the U.S. Energy Policy Act, or is designated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as having a highway rating of 45 mpg or greater 
  • Developing and implementing an anti-idling policy
  • Participating in regional organizations that promote fleet efficiencies.
  • Providing a collaborative relationship with the port to seek greater efficiencies in service
  • Providing data for taxi fleets regarding emissions
  • Seeking opportunities to reduce “deadheading” trips, where taxis return to the airport with paying customers