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United Airlines: We’ll Be Fueled By Garbage One Day

United Airlines: We’ll Be Fueled By Garbage One Day
Jackie Reddy

In 2015, Chicago-based United Airlines and Fulcrum BioEnergy unveiled a partnership that enabled the carrier access to the company’s waste-to-fuel products. Fulcrum has unveiled that its latest plant will open in Gary, Indiana. United will be able to buy 15 million gallons of fuel from this plant.

Back in 2015, United Airlines and Fulcrum BioEnergy announced a strategic partnership, one which will allow the carrier access to the product generated from the company’s waste-to-fuel plants dotted around North America.

Speaking at the time, E. James Macias, the company’s CEO and president said, “This is a major advancement of Fulcrum’s program to provide large volumes of commercial and military spec fuel at competitive pricing to the industry. This strategic partnership with United accelerates our whole program.”

Now, as TravelPulse reports, the company has revealed in a statement that Gary, Indiana, will be the home of its latest plant, the construction of which is scheduled to begin in 2020. The facility is expected to take 18-24 months to complete.

This – coupled with the Chicago-based carrier’s accord with Fulcrum – is something that could help the airline meet its goal of halving its emissions by 2050. As part of its agreement, United will be eligible to buy 15 million gallons of fuel from the plant, reports the outlet.

Offering his comments earlier this autumn on United’s eco-friendly drive, United CEO Oscar Munoz said, “At United, we believe there is no point in setting challenging and ambitious goals without also taking tangible steps towards achieving them, especially when it comes to securing the health of our communities and our planet. While we’re proud to be first U.S. carrier taking such an ambitious step, it is a distinction we look forward to sharing as the rest of the industry catches up and makes similar commitments to sustainability.”

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