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United Enters Business Alliance with Nike and HP to Buy More Sustainable Jet Fuel

United Enters Business Alliance with Nike and HP to Buy More Sustainable Jet Fuel
Joe Cortez

United Airlines wants to use more sustainable airline fuel in their operations, while passing on the bill to their corporate partners. The airline announced the launch of their Eco-Skies Alliance, with companies including HP and Nike contributing towards buying 3.4 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel.

United Airlines is asking for a little help from their partners to make aviation more environmentally friendly for everyone. In a press release, the Chicago-based airline announced the launch of their Eco-Skies Alliance: A group of companies who are pledging to support the airline’s use of sustainable airline fuel.

HP, Nike, Siemens and Takeda Pharmaceuticals Join Sustainability Alliance

Eleven major companies who travel with United have signed on to be charter members of the alliance, which will collectively fund 3.4 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel for 2021. The diverse list includes research firm Boston Consulting Group, CEVA Logistics, Deloitte, DHL Global Forwarding, HP and Nike.

The sustainable fuel blend will reportedly cut 80 percent of emissions compared to conventional jet fuel, which could eliminate up to 31,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. That’s enough to fly passengers over 220 million miles.

“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,” United CEO Scott Kirby said in a press release. “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.”

United began using biofuel in 2016, when they launched their Eco-Skies initiative. Since then, the airline has expanded their use of sustainable aviation fuels to the passenger level, as flyers can now opt to contribute towards additional sustainable fuel purchases, or other programs United believes will help “decarbonize aviation.”

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While the alliance is the first time a group of companies have come together to support the use of sustainable aviation fuel, it’s not the first partnership. In 2020, Microsoft partnered with Alaska Airlines to invest in purchasing sustainable fuel from the carrier’s partner, SkyNRG.

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  1. Dr.Ells

    April 16, 2021 at 1:22 am

    As always in filthy business, when dirty birdies want to hide their misdeeds, one nasty hands “washes” the other.
    Nothing to celebrate here, but nike rap-ing America even more than with their $185 sneaker that cost them $10 to make. WHEN will people speak up against their ethical crimes?

  2. Yordif

    April 22, 2021 at 6:04 am

    I think the effort from United very early to use renewable jet fuel is great. However, I don’t however understand the statement “The sustainable fuel blend will reportedly cut 80 percent of emissions compared to conventional jet fuel, which could eliminate up to 31,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. That’s enough to fly passengers over 220 million miles.” Renewable Jet, is just jet fuel made from renewable sources, which is great, but its still a hydrocarbon. How does that reduce green house gases?

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