United Airlines to Partner with Customers to Finance Fuel from Trash with New ‘Eco-Skies Alliance’

By Kurt Stolz on 13 April 2021
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United Airlines said it would partner with a number of global companies including Siemens and Nike to finance the use of low-carbon, sustainable aviation fuel derived from trash, creating a new program called the Eco-Skies Alliance.

The Chicago-based airline plans to purchase 3.4 million gallons (12.8 million liters) of such fuel this year, tripling the amount of sustainable fuel it has used on an annual basis since 2016.

The airline’s CEO, Scott Kirby, said that the airline “applaud[s] those participating in the Eco-Skies Alliance for recognizing the need to go beyond carbon offsets and support SAF-powered flying,” adding that “[T]his is just the beginning.”

Other partners in the Eco-Skies Alliance include Autodesk, Boston Consulting Group, Deloitte, DHL Global Forwarding, HP, and Palantir.

In making the announcement, the airline did not disclose the cost of the Eco-Skies program nor the amount that each partner would contribute.  It did say that it plans to add more companies to the Eco-Skies Alliance and increase its purchases of sustainable aviation fuel.

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