Los Angeles World Airports Tuesday announced that Atlantic Aviation, which provides aviation services at LAX, will begin using some jet fuel that emits 80% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than conventional jet fuel.
Atlantic Aviation will initially use about 8% of its total jet fuel volume at LAX from sustainable sources and plans to increase over time, officials said. The sustainable fuel is produced by World Energy and delivered by World Fuel Services.
“The use of sustainable aviation fuel is a key step toward reducing carbon emissions and improving the environment around our airports,” LAWA CEO Justin Erbacci said. “LAWA is working with our partners to achieve our shared sustainability goals, and alternative aviation fuels are an important part of our efforts to become carbon neutral by 2045.”
Atlantic Aviation COO Tim Bannon said: “The inaugural delivery of sustainable aviation fuel in March this year represents the next step toward our long term commitment to renewable energy technology, specifically, those that reduce carbon emissions on our planet.”
Sustainable fuel was first introduced to the Van Nuys Airport in January 2019, making it the first general aviation airport in the world to offer that type of fuel, officials said. The airport conducted demonstration flights to showcase the fuel’s effectiveness and advocated for broader industry adoption, officials said.
LAWA aims to achieve net zero emissions by 2045 through no potable water consumed for non-potable uses, zero carbon emissions from LAWA operations and zero waste. The “Boldly Moving to Zero” plan was adopted in November 2019.
On its path toward sustainability, LAWA also announced a membership in the Good Traveler, a program that offers travelers the option to purchase offsets that negate the effects of greenhouse gas emissions from air travel. It also noted that a aviation service provider at the Van Nuys Airport, Clay Lacy Aviation, installed a 500-kilowatt solar array that can generate enough renewable power to offset the equivalent of 530 metric tons of carbon dioxide, the same amount generated by driving more than 1.3 million passenger miles in an average vehicle.