Washington State University and Paine Field Airport lead the way towards a more sustainable future for the aviation industry
Washington State University and Paine Field Airport are teaming up to establish the world’s first research and development center for sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). The partnership between Washington State University and Paine Field Airport will focus on developing sustainable aviation fuels, improving existing technologies, and creating a repository of SAF for aviation companies to test and certify their engines.
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Washington’s commitment to sustainability
The establishment of the center is part of Washington’s long-term commitment to sustainability, as the state aims to reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2030 and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers announced that Snohomish County is establishing a world-leading Research and Development (R&D) Center focused on Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) at Paine Field Airport. The Center will also be the only facility to collect, sample, and distribute SAF at a scale needed for widespread use in the largest aircraft.
State Senator Marko Liias is including a proviso in the proposed Senate Transportation Budget to provide $6.5 million in start-up funding for the project. State Representative Brandy Donaghy is sponsoring the proviso in the House.
Major hub of aviation and aerospace
Snohomish County’s Paine Field Airport is a major hub of aviation and aerospace in the region, supporting over 158,000 jobs and generating nearly $60 billion annually for the economy. The establishment of the R&D center for sustainable aviation fuels at Paine Field Airport marks an exciting milestone for the region. The center will play a vital role in reducing the environmental impact of air travel while also fostering innovation and economic growth in Snohomish County.
Sustainable future for the aviation industry
The R&D center for sustainable aviation fuels at Paine Field Airport will pave the way for a more sustainable future for the aviation industry. The establishment of the center is a significant step towards finding sustainable alternatives for aviation fuel, and it is an essential part of the state’s long-term commitment to sustainability. Washington’s commitment to sustainability will continue to attract innovative companies and create new opportunities for the state’s economy.