Alaska Airlines has announced it has signed an agreement to buy locally-sourced sustainable biofuel for its aircraft.
Hawaii Bioenergy is expected to ramp up production of the wood-based sustainable jet fuel within five years of regulatory approval, allowing Alaska Airlines to begin procuring for its Hawaii flights in 2018.
Joel Matsunaga, Executive Vice President and CEO of Hawaii BioEnergy said: “The development and commercialisation of local, renewable energy is of critical importance to Hawaii, given the state imports 95% of its energy needs. Use of locally grown feedstocks for biofuel production will improve Hawaii’s energy sustainability and security while creating jobs in our communities.”
Alaska Airlines claims to have reduced its carbon footprint by 30% since 2004.
Last month United Airlines also agreed to buy low carbon biofuel for flights from its Los Angeles International Airport.