OLYMPIA – Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, welcomed the Port of Seattle’s announcement yesterday that 13 airlines – including Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Horizon Airlines, Spirit Airlines and more – have agreed to collaborate on a work plan to give all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport access to sustainable aviation fuel, a low-carbon and sustainably produced biofuel alternative to jet fuel.

“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,” Carlyle said. “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 partners agreed to work to meet specific sustainable aviation fuel timetable and goals approved by the Port of Seattle Commission in December 2017 that call for 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.

Widespread use of sustainable aviation fuel can reduce carbon emissions and other air pollutants, helping to reduce the community and environmental impact of existing and forecasted growth at Sea-Tac.

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.

More information is available on the Port of Seattle’s website.