Alaska Air Group, which includes Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, pledged to cut fuel consumption 20 percent as part of its 2020 sustainability goals.
The airlines also announced it would use a sustainable aviation biofuel at one or more airports and increase its recruitment of military veterans. The company has signed an off-take agreement with Hawaii BioEnergy to buy sustainable aviation biofuels beginning in 2018.
The goals were announced in the aviation company’s 2013 Sustainability Report released this week. The sustainability report, which analyzes the airlines’ efforts from Jan. 1, 2012 through Dec. 31, 2013, says the company has cut waste 50 percent per passenger, saving nearly 2,900 tons of recyclables that would have otherwise gone into landfills.
The airline group has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 30 percent per revenue miles since 2004, according to the sustainability report.
Alaska Airlines has taken the lead role in an electrification project at Seattle’s Sea-Tac Airport to switch ground support equipment from fossil fuels to electric power is projected to save $2.8 million in airline fuel costs and 10,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year. The airline has 204 electric vehicles in operation on the ground at Sea-Tac.