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Volume 5, Issue 1

Feature: flying High
More than six years ago John Plaza, now the founder and CEO of Imperium Renewables, was working as a commercial airline pilot when he began to focus on how just how much airline travel was contributing to global greenhouse gas emissions. While flying a Boeing 747 from Anchorage to Tokyo, he calculated that the amount of fuel for that one trip could power his car for 42 years. Realising the sheer scale of the challenge, he became motivated to help create a new and sustainable fuel source for the aviation industry. In 2004, he left his job as a pilot, mortgaged his house and founded Seattle Biodiesel. Within two years, he was running the largest commercial biodiesel production facility on the West Coast, had changed the company’s name to Imperium Renewables, and was laying the groundwork for Imperium Grays Harbor, a commercial-scale production facility to be located on the coast of Washington state. The facility would become (at the time of its opening in 2007) the nation’s largest biodiesel production facility.


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