United Airlines launches ECO-Skies Alliance

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April 14, 2021
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United's Boeing 737 Max 9. Photo: United.

United Airlines is launching an ECO-Skies Alliance working with more than a dozen leading global corporations that will collectively contribute towards the purchase of approximately 3.4 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) this year.

With its nearly 80 per cent 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.

United Airlines says that as inaugural participants, the following companies are taking a lead within their respective industries, reducing their aviation-related impact on the environment at the source, and creating demand for more SAF production.

• Autodesk
• Boston Consulting Group
• CEVA Logistics
• Deloitte
• DHL Global Forwarding
• DSV Panalpina
• HP Inc.
• Nike
• Palantir
• Siemens
• 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 Airlines 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.”

More details on United’s leading ECO role here:

United Airlines has made the airline industry’s single largest investment in SAF and has purchased more SAF than any other airline in the world. 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 passengers the ability to
contribute funds for additional SAF purchases or for use on initiatives United believes will help decarbonize aviation – the first of any U.S. airline to do so.

United Airlines said that understanding there is a growing interest among customers for real, lasting solutions, this new capability will be available starting immediately via portal on united.com/ecoskiesalliance.

“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.

United Airlines said that it believes the airline industry needs to be bolder when it comes to making decisions that confront the climate crisis. That’s why we’ve committed to become 100 per cent green and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions 100 per cent by 2050 by taking the harder, better path of reducing emissions from flying, rather than relying on traditional carbon offsets.