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Sustainable aviation biofuels could help airlines transition away from fossil fuels 

Aviation biofuels​The Port of Seattle and aviation leaders in Washington state are positioned to nationally lead the effort of making air travel environmentally friendly. Convinced that a lower-carbon fuel source is achievable, the Port of Seattle has now set an ambitious goal for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to become the first American airport to play a market development role by aggregating demand and making aviation biofuel available to all airlines.

Read more about the Port's role in helping make air transportation more sustainable.

Port partners with Alaska Airlines and Boeing to sustainably power every flight at Sea-Tac Airport

Release of sustainable aviation biofuels infrastructure feasibility study first step toward meeting that goal

On Jan. 12 the Port of Seattle, Alaska Airlines and the Boeing Company announced the release of a Biofuel Infrastructure Feasibility Study that assesses costs and infrastructure necessary to deliver a blend of aviation biofuel and conventional jet fuel to aircraft at Sea-Tac, a crucial step toward routine biofuel use in the future. The partnership announced its intention to launch the study late in 2015.

The objective of the feasibility study was to identify sites that could support the receipt, blending, storage, and delivery infrastructure required to supply Sea-Tac Airport with up to 50 million gallons per year (and to double to 100 million after 2025) of aviation biofuel.

Airport Community Ecology (ACE) Fund​Airport Community Ecology fund

The Airport Community Ecology (ACE) Fund, authorized by the Port of Seattle Commission, supports environmental projects and programs in the cities of SeaTac, Burien and Des Moines.

To ensure maximum environmental benefit to communities, the Fund takes a two-pronged approach. The brand new Small Matching Grants Program offers community members of SeaTac, Burien, and Des Moines the chance to apply for Port funding to improve the local environment. Communities will also benefit from the Ecology Fund through the Green Cities Partnership Program with Forterra.

As a leader in reducing aircraft-related emissions, Sea-Tac Airport, Alaska Airlines and Boeing set a goal to power every flight fueled at Sea-Tac with sustainable aviation biofuel, which have a lifecycle carbon footprint typically 50 to 80 percent lower than regular jet fuel. Because these biofuels are not produced yet in Washington State, they must be imported by truck, rail, or barge and then be blended with regular petroleum-based jet fuel. Sea-Tac Airport aims to become one of the first airports in the world to offer a reliable supply of aviation biofuels to its passenger and cargo airlines.
Download the study 

What is Aviation Biofuel?​

​What are the benefits of biofuel?

What is aviation biofuel
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Port's role in supporting aviation biofuels expanding

Sea-Tac Airport is an industry leader in reducing aircraft-related emissions. The Port of Seattle, Alaska Airlines, and the Boeing Company have supported research and development and are charting a path to commercial scale production of biofuels in our region. Earlier this year, a joint Infrastructure Feasibility Study was published (see below). In April we also will publish a Financing Mechanisms Report.
Now, the Port can shift its role to that of market development of biofuel through:
  • Support of fuel integration and infrastructure
  • Help with incremental cost of fuel
  • Assist in incentivization of biofuel production
The Port's expanding effort supports the Port's Century Agenda goal to reduce aircraft-related emissions by 25 percent and to power every flight fueled at Sea-Tac with sustainable aviation biofuel. 

Port to test solar power on net shed roof at Seattle’s Fishermen’s Terminal


Solar panel locations at Fishermen's TerminalSolar power is sparking interest among project managers working to modernize Port facilities. One such project, to replace the roofs on the net sheds at Seattle’s Fishermen’s Terminal, will demonstrate the ability of solar, known as photovoltaic power production, to save electricity and offset carbon emissions. 

Planners estimate that the solar panels on one of the net sheds could produce 11,000 kilowatts of electricity per year, reducing carbon emissions by 279 pounds. The project could be in place by the end of 2017. 

At the same time, engineers are looking at the feasibility of installing solar panels at Pier 69, the Port of Seattle headquarters on the Seattle waterfront, as well as other Port properties. The potential exists to offset carbon emissions by hundreds of thousands of pounds per year, reducing greenhouse gases that lead to climate change.​​​​​


Connecting you to the world via Sea-Tac Airport and through global trade

< View this short video for an overview of our environmental programs at both the Port of Seattle maritime operations and Sea-Tac Airport.

Sea-Tac Airport Progress Reports

We share outcomes with the communities we serve through annual progress reports. The 2014 Progress Report includes five-year results based on the 2009 Environmental Strategy Plan (see right column for all reports and the strategy).


25-year Environmental Goals

Adopted in 2011 by the Port of Seattle Commission, the following goals are designed to poisition the Port as a leader among U.S. ports for environmental stewardship and energy efficiency:
  • Meet all increased energy needs through conservation and renewable sources.
  • Meet or exceed agency requirements for storm water leaving Port-owned or operated facilities.
  • Reduce air pollutants and carbon emissions, specifically:
    • Scope 1 emissions, which are direct greenhouse gas emissions from Port owned or controlled sources, shall be:
      • 15 percent below 2005 levels by 2020.
      • 50 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.
      • Carbon neutral or carbon negative by 2050.
    • Scope 3 emissions are emissions the Port has influence over, not direct control. The Port-wide goals for scope 3 emissions shall be:
      • 50 percent below 2007 levels by 2030.
      • 80 percent below 2007 levels by 2050.
  • Anchor the Puget Sound urban industrial land use to prevent sprawl in less developed areas.
  • Restore, create, and enhance 40 additional acres of habitat in the Green/Duwamish watershed and Elliott Bay.

Both maritime and aviation programs are guided by our commitment to the 25-year goals. We also seek to model sustainable growth, achieve the greatest environmental benefit from our efforts, partner with other organizations in order to leverage financial and professional resources, to see our sustainable practices as a competitive advantage, and to share our environmental outcomes with the community we serve.