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Transportation and Aviation Leaders Launch Sustainable Biofuels Initiative
Date:7/12/2010

et fuel that could further reduce our carbon footprint."

"The Pacific Northwest is a global gateway for people, cultures and commerce and aviation is a vital contributor to that process," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Jim Albaugh. "Developing a sustainable aviation fuel supply now is a top priority both to ensure continued economic growth and prosperity at regional levels and to support the broader aim of achieving carbon-neutral growth across the industry by 2020."

"The Port of Seattle is committed to finding new ways to protect the environment while sustaining jobs and economic growth," said Port of Seattle CEO Tay Yoshitani. "Sustainable biofuels for aircraft could help reduce Sea-Tac Airport's environmental impact even further and also create jobs in an emerging industry."

The assessment process will be managed by Climate Solutions, a Northwest-based environmental nonprofit organization, which will align the effort to sustainability criteria developed by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels. The project objective is to identify potential pathways and necessary actions to make aviation biofuel commercially available to airline operators serving the region.

The project will begin in July with a kickoff meeting, followed by additional meetings throughout the assessment process. The group of biomass producers, refiners, airport operators, environmental and government organizations, airlines, academic representatives and Boeing will address issues such as scale, commercial viability and environmental considerations.

"Washington State University is uniquely poised to tackle this project," said John Gardner, WSU vice president of economic development and global engagement. "It's cr
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