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CLEANER SKIES ARE FRIENDLIER SKIES: NRDC’s 2016 Aviation Biofuel Scorecard

June 2016 – Natural Resources Defence Council

The aviation industry is the transportation sector with the fastest growth in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and it is under unprecedented regulatory scrutiny in national and international climate policy arenas. Therefore, the industry is making substantial efforts to develop alternative liquid fuels to meet two goals: capping its carbon emissions by 2020, and reducing emissions 50 percent from 2005 levels by 2050. NRDC’s Aviation Biofuel Scorecard aims to encourage airline leadership to …more

Plant-based jet fuel: WSU research takes off

15 June 2016 – The Seattle Times

Today’s synergy is tomorrow’s energy. That is one principle underlying Washington State University’s collaborative, multidisciplinary work in biofuels – work that could pave the way toward sustainable, biologically based jet fuel for the aerospace industry in the Evergreen State and around the world.


Alaska Airlines Pioneers Use of Corn-based Biofuel

8 June 2016 – Airways News

The fuel blend used in the flights contained isobutanol, which is fermented from corn and converted into jet fuel at Gevo’s plant in Luverne, Minnesota. The airline is currently using a a mix of 20 percent isobutanol-based fuel and 80 percent conventional jet fuel, said Pat Gruber, CEO of Gevo.


Alaska Airlines Flies on Gevo’s Renewable Alcohol to Jet Fuel

7 June 2016 – Alaska World

The skies are a little greener today after two Alaska Airlines jets departed the Emerald City fueled by the first alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) made from sustainable U.S. corn. The two Alaska Airlines (NYSE: ALK) flights departed today with Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) fuel and flew from Seattle to San Francisco International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.


NARA member receives approval for bio-jet fuel

12 April 2016 – WSU News

The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) congratulates our fuels partner, Gevo, Inc. for ASTM International’s inclusion of Gevo’s alcohol to jet (ATJ) synthetic paraffinic kerosene (ATJ-SPK) into ASTM D7566 (Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons). This inclusion makes Gevo’s ATJ-SPK eligible to be used as a blending component, up to 30%, in standard Jet A-1 fuel used by commercial airlines in the United States and in many other countries around …more

NIFA-funded projects help improve quality of life in Indian Country

24 December 2015 – United States Department of Agriculture

When the 1994 land-grant universities began to form there was a hint that something different and special was underway. The new land-grant system would teach in a cultural context that empowered students by drawing on the strength of their peoples’ history, indigenous knowledge, and traditions.


Port of Seattle Partners with Alaska Airlines and Boeing on Plan to Supply Sustainable Aviation Biofuel at Sea-Tac Airport

16 December 2015 – Boeing

The Port of Seattle, Alaska Airlines and Boeing are partnering to move toward a significant environmental goal: powering all flights by all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with sustainable aviation biofuel. Sea-Tac is the first U.S. airport to lay out a long-term roadmap to incorporate aviation biofuel into its infrastructure in a cost-effective, efficient manner.


Bio-Ride: Fuel Solutions for 30,000 feet

3 December 2015 – Northwest Mining and Timber

You’re flying comfortable at 30,000 feet, but you may not have noticed a significant problem with your airplane. Your plane is safe and comfortable, and no oxygen masks have deployed. Your seat is in its upright position, you can turn on your electrical devices, and your bags are stowed carefully under the seat in front of you. The real problem is your fuel.


Alaska Airlines teams with tribes on producting avaition biofuel for 2016 demo

25 November 2015 – USDA Blog

The aviation biofuel was derived from twigs and small branches that would otherwise have been burned in slash piles after timber harvest. These forest residuals were provided by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) and the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe via the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance Tribal Partnership Program (NARA TPP).