From now on it can be said that Microsoft Corporation will at least partially supply Alaska Airlines aircraft. According to a statement released today by the computer giant, (22) Bill Gates’ company will begin acquiring sustainable fuel quotas related to the travel of its employees.
Under a partnership agreement, Microsoft will purchase sustainable fuel credits from SkyNRG (the fuel supplier) to be delivered to the airport supply system used by Alaska Airlines. It is the first partnership of its kind in the USA.
The agreement will initially apply to travel by Microsoft employees between Seattle-Tacoma, San Francisco, San Jose and Los Angeles International Airports – the most popular routes Microsoft employees take with Alaska Airlines. Companies will consider expanding the program in the future.
“We’re excited to be working with Alaska Airlines to make business aviation a little greener with sustainable aviation fuel provided by SkyNRG, and to reduce the carbon footprint of the most common flights Microsoft employees use,” said Judson Althoff, executive vice president President of Microsoft.
Microsoft, Alaska Airlines and SkyNRG hope that this partnership will set an example for other companies and organizations to help develop the sustainable fuel industry, generate a stable demand signal, increase supply and reduce costs.
The three companies are also supporting the development of a global environmental accounting standard for voluntary SAF purchases by companies through their participation in a pilot project of the World Economic Forum’s Clean Skies for Tomorrow initiative. Companies plan to hold corporate and supplier forums to share learning and raise interest in using sustainable fuels to reduce carbon emissions from business travel.
Sustainability is a path of no return and is necessary to ensure a better quality of life for future generations. This fashion should catch on quickly.