(Seattle - March 31, 2010) - Listening to President Obama share his vision for reducing the nation's dependency on oil and calling for more research and development of renewal aviation biofuels was music to the ears of Port of Seattle executives and staff, who have been working towards that vision for many years. "We're working to reduce our dependency on oil, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and increase the use of electric and hybrid vehicles," said Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Managing Director Mark Reis.
Sea-Tac Airport is partnered with The Boeing Company, Alaska Airlines, Washington State University, Spokane and Portland airports, and Climate Solutions to explore what feedstocks can be produced and refined in the Northwest region into biojet fuels for commercial aircraft. In addition to reducing the dependency on oil, greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced. "We helped establish a multi-party partnership a few years ago, with a goal to find a way to produce biojet fuel that can be used at commercial airports," said Elizabeth Leavitt, director of Aviation Planning & Environmental Programs. "We're pleased to hear that the President has made this effort a priority."
Recently, Sea-Tac Airport received grants to help fund the electrification of ground transportation equipment (currently diesel-powered) and to install pre-conditioned air at the airport jet gates, allowing aircraft to turn off their engines while parked, reducing jet fuel consumption and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, the Port's own vehicle fleet includes a majority of compressed natural gas and the contract with taxi provider, Yellow Cab, require 100% 'green' vehicles by 2012. The Port of Seattle has many leading edge environmental programs, within its aviation, seaport, and corporate divisions. For more information, go to http://www.portseattle.org/community/environment/
About Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Operated by the Port of Seattle, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA, KSEA) is ranked as the 17th largest U.S. airport, serving more than 31.5 million passengers in 2010. With a regional economic impact of more than $13.2 billion in business revenue, Sea-Tac generates more than 161,000 jobs (89,902 direct jobs) representing more than $2.2 billion in direct earnings and $412.4 million in state and local taxes. Twenty-six airlines serve 75 non-stop domestic destinations and 21 international cities.