United Airlines has announced it is the first US airline to commit to reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2050, setting the standard for reducing its own footprint on the environment and taking action to help shape a sustainable future, the company said.
The commitment further strengthens the carrier´s ambition to be the world´s most environmentally conscious airline. United´s pledge to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent relative to 2005 represents the equivalent of removing 4.5 million vehicles from the road each year, or the total number of cars in Los Angeles and New York City combined.
The airline will continue to invest in the company´s ongoing environmental initiatives to support this commitment, including expanding the use of more sustainable aviation biofuels, welcoming newer, more fuel-efficient aircraft into its fleet and implementing further operational changes to better conserve fuel.
The airline will invest more than USD 30 million in California-based sustainable aviation fuels producer Fulcrum BioEnergy, which remains the single largest investment by any airline globally in alternative fuels. United´s agreement to purchase nearly 1 billion gallons from Fulcrum BioEnergy is the largest offtake agreement for biofuel in the airline industry.
Uited´s Eco-Skies program represents the company´s commitment to the environment and the actions taken every day to create a sustainable future.
United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,600 flights a day to 357 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers.