Carbon War Room, a Rocky Mountain Institute business unit, is focused on the decarbonization of aviation fuel, especially since doing so can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80 percent. These efforts have led to a groundbreaking partnership between the Port of Seattle, SkyNRG, and CWR to investigate long-term financing mechanisms that could supply all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with sustainable aviation fuels.
These kinds of efforts, alongside the International Civil Aviation Organization’s global market-based measure, can help the industry reach the global goals defined by the COP21 Paris Agreement. Also, by integrating the fuel directly into the on-airport fueling infrastructure, at an airport-wide blend ratio, this initiative will send a strong and consistent demand signal to the sustainable aviation fuel industry, which will boost investor confidence and catalyze industry growth.
Ultimately, as we work to resolve the challenge at the airport level, entrepreneurs, businesses, and researchers will complement our initiatives by focusing on innovations at the operational and technological level. These combined efforts can help to ensure that aviation plays its part in keeping the world below a 2-degree temperature rise.