Alaska and Boeing join Northwestern airports to examine biofuel production

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International airports in Portland, Oregon and Seattle and Spokane, Washington are partnering Alaska Air, Boeing and Washington State University to launch a programme designed to promote biofuel development.

Dubbed "Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest", the parties say they plan to study biomass options within a four-state area as possible sources to create renewable jet fuel.

Part of the analysis includes examining potential biomass sources indigenous to the region including algae, wood byproducts and agriculturally based oilseeds.

Climate Solutions, a Northwest-based nonprofit organisation, is conducting the assessment, which should take roughly six months.