United Signs Agreement to Buy SAF - Smart Energy Decisions

GHG Emissions, Commercial, Sourcing Renewables  -  September 13, 2023

United Signs Agreement to Buy SAF

United Airlines signed an offtake arrangement to receive up to 1 billion gallons of sustainable aviation fuel.

Under the agreement, Cemvita will supply United Airlines up to 50 million gallons annually for 20 years of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) made from CO2.

“Since our initial investment last year, Cemvita has made outstanding progress, including opening their new pilot plant — an important step towards producing sustainable aviation fuel,” said United Airlines Ventures President Michael Leskinen in a statement. “United is the global aviation leader in SAF production investment, but we face a real shortage of available fuel and producers. Cemvita’s technology represents a path forward for a potentially significant supply of SAF and it’s our hope that this offtake agreement for up to one billion gallons is just the beginning of our collaboration.”

Cemvita's technology has the potential to provide more reliable feedstock production with minimal land, water, and electricity needs. 

United has pursued strategic investments in SAF producers and revolutionary technologies, including carbon capture, hydrogen-electric engines, electric regional aircraft, and air taxis. 

The airline committed to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, without relying on traditional carbon offsets.

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