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NW Biodiesel participates in SAFN
NW Biodiesel Network & The Sustainable Aviation Fuels
What is SAFN?
It's a working group that came together in mid 2010 for the purpose of
putting together a comprehensive plan for fostering and supporting a
Sustainable Aviation Biofuels program here in the Pacific
Northwest. The Northwest Biodiesel Network (NWBN) was asked to
join as a stakeholder, to represent ourselves and our constituency to
the rest of the committee, and contribute to the shape and substance of
Specifically, the SAFN initiative:
Pulling together this plan and resulting report
that was published this week by SAFN, is the result of literally dozens
of meetings over the past 10 months, and countless hours both in and
outside of these meetings to contribute, review, and hone the resulting
contents. This was a model working group with members from the
Biofuels Industry, state and federal government agencies, Aerospace
manufacturers, Academia, and ourselves as well as other non-profits (full list here). The stakeholder
process and report preparation was by Climate Solutions,
and was presented in a ceremony at Seattle-Tacoma Airport (a stakeholder)
on May 25th 2011, with officials from Boeing, Alaska Air, Port of
Seattle and WSU.
- Analyzed the most promising, local biomass sources for
- Assessed all phases required to develop a sustainable
biofuel industry, including biomass production and harvest, refining,
transport infrastructure and use; and
- Prioritized state and federal policy recommendations needed
to spur creation of sustainable fuels for aviation.
"It is critical to the future of
aviation that we develop a sustainable supply of aviation biofuels,"
said Jim Albaugh, president of Boeing's commercial airplanes division.
"Airlines are particularly vulnerable to oil price volatility, and the
aviation community must address this issue to maintain economic growth
and further mitigate the environmental impacts of our industry."
Participating for the Network were Ray Brown and Erica Chung, both
longstanding volunteers to the network. Ray is by day a Boeing
Engineer, and is currently serving on the NWBN Board of Directors as
Vice-Chairman. He has been actively involved in the use and
promotion of biodiesel (through the NWBN) since 2004. Erica Chung
serves as an Organizational Development Officer for the NWBN, and as
such is responsible for much of the programming that the Network has put
together over the past couple of years. She has been employed in
the Biodiesel industry, and is currently a consultant to business for
We at the NWBN are extremely proud of the opportunity to participate,
as well as the resulting report. We feel that this report will
spur local and regional players to put together the pieces to establish
the Pacific Northwest as a true leader in worldwide Aviation
Biofuels. Not only will this result in an economic boon to the
area, but it has an overriding environmental and security benefit, as
For more information on SAFN, please click here.
is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to educating the
public on the benefits, uses, issues, and viability of biodiesel fuels.
We represent no one Biodiesel supplier or group;
In line with our mission, we provide monthly education forums, public
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