Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest recognized by Air Transport World

by Lisa Timmerman 6/29/2012 12:50 PM

Air Transport World announced Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest among the winners of the magazine’s inaugural Eco-Aviation Awards. SAFN was recognized as Eco-Partnership of the Year for collaboration on the nation’s first regional stakeholder effort to explore the opportunities and challenges surrounding the production of sustainable aviation fuels.

The Port of Portland has been involved with SAFN since it launched in July 2010, along with partners Boeing, Alaska Airlines, Port of Seattle, Spokane International Airport and Washington State University. “We continue to use our position in the industry and the region to share the lessons learned from this project to encourage innovation around the production and use of sustainable aviation fuels in the Northwest,” said Phil Ralston, Port of Portland aviation environmental and safety manager. The project mapped a path to develop a safe, sustainable and economically viable aviation biofuels industry in the Northwest, with a broader aim of achieving carbon-neutral growth across the aviation industry beyond 2020. 

 

Round-Up of This Week’s Aviation Biofuel News

by Rachel Wray 11/11/2011 10:38 AM

Big week in aviation biofuels! On Wednesday, Alaska Airlines began using a 20 percent biofuel blend in 75 commercial passenger flights between Portland, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. The fuel will be used over the next two weeks to demonstrate the effectiveness of biofuels in jet aircraft and to encourage growth in the aviation biofuels industry.

 

This move comes after Alaska Airlines’ participation in Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest, a regional effort to study opportunities for exapanding the aviation biofuels industry in the Pacific Northwest. We’ve covered the Port’s participation, along with Alaska Airlines and many other entities, elsewhere on the Port Currents blog, including the recent announcement that the project had been received an Environmental Innovation Award from Airports Council International - North America.

 

At the current scale of production, the biofuel blend is not cheap – it’s roughly six times more expensive than regular jet fuel. However, Alaska Airlines hopes to demonstrate that the aviation industry is willing and able to participate in new market opportunities. Bill Ayer, Alaska Air Group Chairman and CEO, said, “To the biofuels industry, we say: if you build it, we will buy it.”

 

Check back for more on this interesting and still-developing issue. Pictures from the first biofueled flight from Portland International Airport below.

 

Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest Receives Environmental Achievement Award

by Rachel Wray 11/1/2011 6:48 PM

The Environmental Achievement award from Airports Council International-North America, which we announced back in September, was presented to the Port at the annual ACI-NA conference in October. The award acknowledged Portland International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and Spokane International Airport for a joint project with Boeing, Alaska Airlines, Washington State University, and Climate Solutions to evaluate opportunities associated with developing a renewable aviation fuels industry in the Pacific Northwest. Here’s a picture from the award ceremony, with the Port’s aviation director Steve Schreiber in the center. And don't miss great coverage of this project in the Idaho Statesman.

Innovative Work on Aviation Biofuels Recognized

by Rachel Wray 9/29/2011 3:56 PM

The Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest Program, which includes Portland International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and Spokane International Airport, is the winner of the 2011 Environmental Achievement Award from Airports Council International-North America. The ACI-NA awards will be presented at the organization’s annual conference this October, with the airports winning in the “Special/Innovative Projects” award category.

 

Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest was a partnership between the airports, Boeing, Alaska Airlines, Washington State University, Climate Solutions, and more than 40 stakeholders. The group took a comprehensive look at opportunities and challenges associated with developing a sustainable renewable aviation fuels industry in the Pacific Northwest. The results of that work, published last May, are providing a roadmap for future innovation in the aviation fuels industry.

 

 

Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest Releases Biofuels Study

by Rachel Wray 5/31/2011 5:30 PM

The Port of Portland is part of Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest, a regional effort to explore and study aviation biofuels. Last week, alongside partner groups Boeing, Alaska Airlines, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Spokane International Airport, and Washington State University, the Port attended a press conference addressing the group’s recently completed study on the feasibility and challenges of creating an aviation biofuels industry in the Pacific Northwest.

 

The study was designed to be comprehensive, following aviation biofuel development from planting to harvest, through refining and transport, to actual use by airlines. Among its key findings, the study concluded that an aviation biofuels industry can be commercially viable in the Pacific Northwest, in part because of the region’s diverse agricultural sector. The study emphasized, however, that the development of such an industry must address key issues with existing fuel sources, including greenhouse gas emissions, other environmental impacts, and energy security.

 

The full report is available online, or check out Sustainable Industries’ coverage.