Boeing, Alaska Air, WSU and others set ‘flight plan’ for renewable aviation fuels in the NW

A group of more than 40 regional companies, government entities and educational institutions have come together to explore the possibilities of creating an aviation biofuels industry in the Pacific Northwest. The group, operating under the acronym SAFN or Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest, released a report today which offers “flight paths” to tap into the Northwest’s vast biomass resources found in agricultural, forest and urban areas.

“It is critical to the future of aviation that we develop a sustainable supply of aviation biofuels,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Jim Albaugh in a press release announcing the report. “Airlines are particularly vulnerable to oil price volatility, and the aviation community must address this issue to maintain economic growth and further mitigate the environmental impacts of our industry.”

In addition to Boeing, members of the coalition include Alaska Airlines, Portland International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Spokane International Airport and Washington State University.

Here’s a look at the biomass opportunities in the Northwest, which includes everything from oilseeds to algae to forest residues to municipal solid waste.

You can access the full report here.