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The aviation sector is widely regarded as one of the most difficult to decarbonize. Yet, with the growing climate crisis, it is essential that aviation stakeholders – including airports – help lead the way toward meeting aggressive net zero emissions and carbon neutrality goals.
As the largest three commercial airports in the Cascadia Corridor, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Portland International Airport (PDX), and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) are aligned in our commitments to decarbonize the aviation sector and to being the greenest airports in North America. Our shared carbon-reduction goals focus on four key categories: 1) sustainable aviation fuels, 2) airport facilities, 3) airfield operations, and 4) vehicle trips to and from airports by employees and travelers. In particular:
Sustainable Aviation Fuels
While electric powered aircraft will play an increasingly valuable role in short haul flights, the technology does not exist to electrify long-haul commercial aircraft, so our airports believe that the most realistic, near-term opportunity to decarbonize air travel is through the use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). SEA, PDX and YVR share goals to:
The carbon emissions most directly controlled by airports are those from their facilities and operations, which means that airports can be highly aggressive in reducing these sources of carbon. SEA, PDX and YVR share goals to:
The movement of aircraft and other vehicles on the airfield is a prime opportunity for carbon reduction. SEA, PDX and YVR share goals to:
Reducing single-occupancy vehicle trips is a shared priority for our airports, given the environmental and traffic impacts. To reduce those impacts, SEA, PDX and YVR share goals to:
We welcome other Cascadia Corridor airports, aviation stakeholders, and business and government leaders to join us in the pursuit of these goals.
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