The partnership aims to replace 10 percent of traditional jet fuel with local, sustainable supply in 10 years.
The five cargo carriers that are part of the effort are ABX Air, Air Transport International, Atlas Air, Lufthansa Cargo and Singapore Airlines Cargo.
The partners will work to meet the specific sustainable aviation fuel timetable and goals approved by the Port of Seattle Commission in December: 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 are 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.
Washington State Sen. Reuven Carlyle, chair of the Senate Energy, Science and Technology Committee, said, “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 partners leading this effort.”
The work plan will explore the use of sustainable aviation fuels as well as a variety of other mechanisms that could contribute to carbon and air emission reductions, including technology, operations, infrastructure and future aircraft technology.
A committee will be formed to identify the steps necessary to deliver on the first goal of 10 percent jet fuel available at Sea-Tac produced regionally from sustainable sources by 2028. Recommendations will include how to create and benefit from opportunities, address challenges and support policies and financial incentives needed to meet that initial goal.