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April 24, 2024
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There is probably no airline in the world anymore that hasn’t sustainability as a top priority in its strategy, but few airlines are having such a diverse approach to the topic as United Airlines. Yes, sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) take up more than half of the target to reduce carbon emissions and get to net zero in 2050, but look at what United has more: full electric with eVTOLs and airplanes, hydrogen, and even supersonic. AirInsight talked to Chief Sustainability Officer, Lauren Riley, to find out how this all fits into the strategy. Insight – United Airlines’ net zero strategy.

United is committed to reducing carbon emissions by fifty percent in 2035 and to net zero in 2050. There is no question that SAF will be the most important element of decarbonizing aviation, says Lauren Riley: “We all recognize that sustainable aviation fuel for the majority of aircraft that we have in the skies today is the solution. The benefit is that we can use it today in the infrastructure. We have aircraft that will fly for thirty years, we have fueling tanks and infrastructure at airports that we need to work with, not against. So finding a solution that is drop-in and can be used with the assets we have today is really paramount. So yes, SAF will be the majority of the solution for United Airlines.”


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Richard Schuurman
Active as a journalist since 1987, with a background in newspapers, magazines, and a regional news station, Richard has been covering commercial aviation on a freelance basis since late 2016. Richard is contributing to AirInsight since December 2018. He also writes for Airliner World, Aviation News, Piloot & Vliegtuig, and Luchtvaartnieuws Magazine. Twitter: @rschuur_aero.