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Microsoft partners with Alaska Airlines, SkyNRG to cut CO2 emissions

Microsoft partners with Alaska Airlines, SkyNRG to cut CO2 emissions

Mubasher: Microsoft has entered into a partnership to buy sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from SkyNRG for Alaska Airlines, one of the most fuel-efficient airlines in the US, to contribute to reducing CO2 emissions, according to a press release on Thursday.

Under the agreement, Microsoft employees will sustainably fly between their global headquarters in Redmond, Washington, and California on Alaska Airlines.

The agreement is the first partnership of its kind in the US, under which Microsoft announced its commitment to reduce the environmental impact of business air travel.

Through their participation in a pilot project of the World Economic Forum’s Clean Skies for Tomorrow initiative, Microsoft, Alaska Airlines, and SkyNRG are also backing a global environmental accounting standard for voluntary corporate SAF purchases.

Commenting on the partnership, the CEO of Alaska Airlines, Brad Tilden, said: "SAF enables us to fly cleaner and reduce our impact on the environment. However, we cannot do this alone — we must work together with other industries and business leaders like Microsoft and SkyNRG, among others."

Meanwhile, the Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Worldwide Commercial Business, Judson Althoff, said: "We are excited to partner with Alaska Airlines to make business air travel a little greener by using sustainable aviation fuel supplied by SkyNRG to reduce the carbon impact of the flights Microsoft employees fly most."