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Aviation biofuels ready for take-off


A new report has confirmed the financial viability of supplying advanced biofuels to all airlines at a Seattle airport.

The collaborative study – carried out by the Carbon War Room (CWR), SkyNRG and the Port of Seattle – details the funding mechanisms needed to support such a transition at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac). It argues that overcoming the higher costs of the fuel would require ‘combining a number of funding tools’ but that a cost-effective outcome is achievable.

“The information contained in this study will help us take the next steps toward our goal of making biofuel available, cost-effective and practical for all airlines at Sea-Tac,” explained Port of Seattle Commissioner John Creighton. “It wouldn’t have been possible to get to this point without the momentum provided by our partners, industry leaders and community innovators.”

It backs up another study released earlier this year, which revealed why Sea-Tac is well placed to deliver on its ambition to power every flight which leaves its runways with sustainable aviation biofuel.

And aviation biofuel is beginning to make an impact across the industry. It has been used to power a fighter jet, and a number of airlines, including Cathay Pacific, Air Canada and KLM, are using or have plans to use them. NASA has also vouched for the environmental benefits they provide.

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