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Companies research eco-friendly fuels

July 13, 2010, 03:04 pm

Global warming and pollution have been long known to be a growing problem in the world. To help combat the issue, major companies are joining forces to help promote aviation biofuel use in the Pacific Northwest.

The combined efforts of Alaska Airlines, Boeing, Portland International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Spokane International Airport and Washington State University will spearhead the initiative.

The research will include investigating biomass sources that are local to the area, such as algae and wood byproducts.

"The Pacific Northwest is a global gateway for people, cultures and commerce and aviation is a vital contributor to that process," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Jim Albaugh. "Developing a sustainable aviation fuel supply now is a top priority both to ensure continued economic growth and prosperity at regional levels and to support the broader aim of achieving carbon-neutral growth across the industry by 2020."

Thefuel used for transportation purposes impacts the amount of greenhouse gas being emitted. Air travel makes up between 2 percent and 5 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions, according to the Stockholm Environment Institute. Using more eco-friendly fuel may help reduce air travel's impact on the environment.ADNFCR-3158-ID-19887313-ADNFCR

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