(14 Apr 2021) United Airlines has launched an Eco-Skies Alliance program designed to expand the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) within the industry.
Working with the airline, more than a dozen corporations will collectively contribute towards the purchase of approximately 3.4 million gallons of SAF this year.
With its nearly 80% emissions reductions on a lifecycle basis compared to conventional jet fuel, this is enough SAF to eliminate approximately 31,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, or enough to fly passengers over 220 million miles.
As inaugural participants, the following companies are taking a lead in reducing their aviation-related impact on the environment at the source, and creating demand for more SAF production.
* Boston Consulting Group
* CEVA Logistics
* DHL Global Forwarding
* DSV Panalpina
* HP Inc.
* Takeda Pharmaceuticals
“While we’ve partnered with companies for years to help them offset their flight emissions, we applaud those participating in the Eco-Skies Alliance for recognizing the need to go beyond carbon offsets and support SAF-powered flying, which will lead to more affordable supply and ultimately, lower emissions,” said United CEO Scott Kirby. “This is just the beginning. Our goal is to add more companies to the Eco-Skies Alliance program, purchase more SAF and work across industries to find other innovative paths towards decarbonization.”
World Energy, a long-term partner of United, will supply the SAF to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which makes it conveniently accessible to United’s operations.
In addition to the Eco-Skies Alliance program, United is giving customers the ability to contribute funds for additional SAF purchase or for use on initiatives United believes will help decarbonize aviation.
“We know there is a growing demand from a wide range of our customers including corporations, cargo shippers and individuals who share the same concern we do – that climate change is the most pressing issue of our generation,” Kirby said.