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​Aviation Biofuels  

Aviation BiofuelThe Port of Seattle, Alaska Airlines and Boeing are partnering to move toward a significant environmental goal: powering every flight fueled at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with sustainable aviation biofuel. Sea-Tac will be among the first airports in North America to systematically evaluate and develop infrastructure to bring aviation biofuels to the airport and develop a commercial-scale program.
Read the Dec. 16, 2015 Press Release.
Aviation biofuel is the key to meeting the Port’s Century Agenda goal to reduce aircraft-related emissions at Sea-Tac Airport by 25 percent. Aviation biofuels have a lifecycle carbon footprint that is typically 50 to 80 percent lower than regular jet fuel.
The Port of Seattle, Alaska Airlines, and Boeing are committed to using aviation biofuels in all flights at Sea-Tac Airport in the future. These biofuels are not produced yet in Washington State and must be imported by truck, rail, or barge. The fuel must then be blended with regular petroleum-based jet fuel before it can be used in aircraft without any changes to the aircraft or engines.
To meet these challenges, the partners are conducting a feasibility study to identify and recommend the best approach to deliver blended biofuel to airplanes at Sea-Tac Airport. The Port of Seattle will manage a $250,000 study as part of the biofuel roadmapping process. As Sea-Tac Airport’s governing authority, the Port of Seattle would handle the engineering and integration of biofuel infrastructure on Port property such as the airport’s fuel farm.
An RFP for the infrastructure study will be issued in the spring of 2016, and the study is expected to be completed by late 2016.
Aviation Biofuels infographic
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Boeing, which partners globally to develop and commercialize sustainable aviation biofuel, is providing expertise about approaches to develop a regional biofuel supply chain to serve the airport, including fuel types, fuel producers, processing technologies and integration with airplanes.
In the past five years, Alaska Airlines has become a leader in the pursuit of finding a sustainable supply of biofuels. In 2011, Alaska was the first airline to fly multiple flights using a 20 percent blend of sustainable aviation biofuel made from used cooking oil and waste animal fat.

Sea-Tac is a leader in reducing its own environmental footprint, and has worked closely with airlines and partners to reduce emissions from petroleum fuels by investing in electric charging stations for ground support equipment and infrastructure to reduce aircraft idling, such as pre-conditioned air.

Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest

SAFN 2011 Report
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