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Alaska Airlines applauded for endorsing Low Carbon Fuel Standard in Washington State

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Sustainable aviation fuel producer Gevo has welcomed Alaska Airlines’ and Washington State Governor Jay Inslee’s support of the introduction of a Low Carbon Fuel Standard in Washington State.

Commenting on the news, Patrick Gruber, CEO of Gevo, said: “The Pacific Northwest, and the Seattle area in particular, is a leader to make our world more sustainable. The value to decarbonise and reduce greenhouse gas emissions is real.

“The legislation that Governor Inslee proposes, which is supported by Alaska Airlines, would be expected to make the Pacific Northwest more attractive for, and a production location of, the new generation of fuels. We see that there are potential attractive production sites in the region given the abundance of renewable resources available.

“In 2016 Gevo was the first to make and supply wood based jet fuel that was used by Alaska Airlines. In 2019 we were awarded the opportunity to supply the City of Seattle with advanced low carbon fuels for their fleet automobiles.

“We see tremendous potential in the state of Washington. Every drop of sustainable low-carbon fuel we get into the market is a win and helps to change the conversation about what is possible for the future.”

Last November, the Biotechnology Innovation Organisation and the Low Carbon Fuel Coalition launched a joint initiative to drive adoption of renewable fuel policies in US states. They will work to advance policies that will support green energy breakthroughs to decarbonise transportation, which is the highest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions.