Sustainable Advanced Fuels accelerates low-carbon alternatives to petroleum fuels in the Northwest. By putting a Clean Fuels Standard in place in Washington and Oregon, helping to build a viable advanced fuels market in the Northwest, and supporting international efforts to build a sustainable advanced fuels supply chain, we aim to achieve significant reduction in carbon emissions due to transportation fuels.
At the University of Washington, competing teams of students sought novel solutions to seemingly intractable environmental problems, from reducing packaging waste, to finding new paths for recycling, to creating new renewable energy systems.
We are seeing the first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plants commissioned in the United States and green diesel is emerging as a key biofuel, potentially a game-changer for sustainable advanced fuels.
We can learn from termites--producing biofuels from innovative biorefineries that can break down crop residues and woody materials, doing so economically and in a way that doesn’t harm the environment.
Specifically for the 2014 short session, there was a collective agreement that lifting the 2015 sunset on the Clean Fuels Standard is a key priority, as is protecting the Renewable Portfolio Standard.