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Aviation and Greenhouse Gas Reductions: A Role for

While EPA estimates that aircraft contribute 11 percent of the GHG emissions within the U.S. transportation sector – 3 percent of total U.S. emissions – significant growth in the sector is expected. By 2035, aircraft emissions likely will increase by almost 50 percent. EPA’s proposal would cover smaller aircraft such as the Cessna Citation CJ2+ up to the largest jet aircraft – the Airbus A380 and Boeing 747. (Military aircraft are excluded.)

Renewable fuels will play an expanding role in GHG reductions. Currently, cost and availability limit widespread use. Performance, however, is well documented, in commercial flights and in the Navy’s Green Fleet program.

Our Mission

To focus on sustainability, while developing regional biofuel solutions that are economically viable, socially acceptable, and meet the high environmental standards of the Pacific Northwest.


What is NARA?

Scientists from public universities, government laboratories and private industry from throughout the Northwest, and beyond, are joining together to focus on developing ways to turn one of the region's most plentiful commodities—wood and wood waste—into jet fuel.

Led by Washington State University, the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) will take a holistic approach to building a supply chain for aviation biofuel with the goal of increasing efficiency in everything from forestry operations to conversion processes. Using. . . View More


USDA NIFA

NARA is primarily supported by an Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2011-68005-30416 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
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