Airport management perspectives on aviation biofuels: drivers, barriers, and policy requirements in the US Pacific Northwest
by Daniel Mueller; Season Hoard; Paul Smith; Christina Sanders; Michael J. Gaffney
International Journal of Aviation Management (IJAM), Vol. 4, No. 3, 2019

Abstract: This study explores perspectives of airport management on aviation biofuels in the Pacific Northwest of the USA by administering an online survey of airport managers in FAA certified airports in the region. Respondents provided their opinions on factors important for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) development in the Pacific Northwest, including perceptions of various potential drivers and barriers to scale-up in the region. Most respondents indicated that policy certainty to attract capital, higher oil prices, and technology breakthroughs are required for a viable industry, and they also indicated that government intervention is important to ensure successful adoption and implementation. Respondents indicated that aviation biofuel tax credits, a system to issue and trade sustainable biofuel certificates, and fuel sustainability certification criteria are required policies/protocol to ensure viability. We suggest that a regional approach to examining barriers, drivers, and policy requirements provides more nuanced perspectives regarding key SAF development and scale-up issues.

Online publication date: Wed, 13-Mar-2019

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