Alaska Airlines invests heavily in sustainable aviation fuel


Alaska is set to draw 185 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel of Gevo over five years from 2026

SEATTLE, August 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Alaska Airlines today announced that it has finalized an agreement with biofuels company Gevo Inc., to purchase its largest Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Levy Commitment to date – 185 million gallons of SAF over five years from 2026. agreement was developed with others in the aglobal alliance.

“The use of sustainable aviation fuel is an important part of from alaska five-part path to net zero carbon emissions, and alongside others in the aglobal alliance, we are committed to creating a more sustainable future for aviation,” said Diana Birkett Rakow, senior vice president of public affairs and sustainability at Alaska Airlines. “SAF is the most immediate route we have to decarbonizing aviation, but we recognize that there is significant work to be done – including public policy action – to make SAF a viable and viable option. affordable on a large scale.”

Alaska is proud to play a role in advancing this critical market for sustainable aviation fuels,” said Anne Ardizzone, vice-present of the supply chain at Alaska Airlines. “Making SAF commercially viable at scale requires strong partners and action on all fronts. We appreciate the partnership of suppliers like Gevo to meet this challenge.

In April 2021, Alaska announced the company’s commitment and roadmap to achieve net zero carbon by 2040, and set out a five-part path to achieve this goal. The pathway includes operational efficiency, fleet renewal, sustainable aviation fuel, long-term electric or hybrid-electric aircraft, and credible carbon offsets only as necessary to achieve our goals if technology does not advance far enough quickly to close the gap without. From this path, sustainable aviation fuel offers the greatest opportunity for decarbonization in the short to medium term, and Alaska has been working for over a decade to first test and then use SAF.

In 2016, Alaska and Gevo made history by flying the world’s first commercial flight using forest residue from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Reagan National Airport in washington d.c., fed with a 20% mixture of SAF. Today, Alaska uses SAF in its operations in California and is working with several growers and other partners to utilize and facilitate the development of additional SAF supply in the future.

from alaska The most recent ESG report – its Care Report – outlines its goals and progress in more detail, and details the specific challenges and actions needed to move SAF forward. More information on from alaska the sustainability strategy is available at alaskaair.com/content/about-us/esg.

In September 2020, aworld became the first global airline alliance to announce a goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, establishing its commitment to the long-term sustainability of the industry. The alliance has continued this commitment with an interim target of achieving 10% SAF usage among member airlines by 2030.

About Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines and our regional partners fly to more than 120 destinations across United States, Belize, Canada, Costa Rica and Mexicolow rates and award-winning customer service. Alaska is a member of the aworld global alliance. With the alliance and our additional airline partners, customers can travel to over 1,000 destinations on over 20 airlines while earning and redeeming miles on flights to destinations around the world. Learn more about Alaska at news.alaskaair.com. Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group.

About Gevo
Gevo’s mission is to transform renewable energies and carbon into energy-dense liquid hydrocarbons. These liquid hydrocarbons can be used for transportation fuels such as gasoline, jet fuel and diesel fuel, which when burned have the potential to produce net zero greenhouse gas emissions when are measured throughout the product life cycle. Gevo uses carbohydrates from renewable low-carbon resources as raw materials and is at an advanced stage of developing renewable electricity and renewable natural gas for use in production processes, resulting in low-carbon fuels with significantly reduced carbon intensity (the level of greenhouse gas emissions compared to standard petroleum fossil fuels throughout their life cycle). Gevo’s products perform as well or better than traditional fossil fuels in infrastructure and engines, but with significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to solving fuel problems, Gevo’s technology also makes it possible to manufacture certain plastics, such as polyester, with more sustainable ingredients. Gevo’s ability to penetrate the growing market for low-carbon fuels depends on the price of oil and the value of reducing carbon emissions that would otherwise increase greenhouse gas emissions. Gevo believes that it has the technology and know-how to convert various carbohydrate feedstocks through a fermentation process into alcohols, and then process the alcohols into renewable fuels and materials, through a combination of its own technology, know-how, engineering and licensing the technology and engineering of Axens North America, Inc., which offer the potential to generate project and business returns that justify building a multi-billion dollar business. Gevo believes that the Argonne National Laboratory GREET model is the best available standard of scientific measurement for Life Cycle Inventory or LCI. Learn more on the Gevo website: www.gevo.com.

SOURCEAlaska Airlines

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