Stakeholder engagement in Environmental sustainability
We engage with a wide range of stakeholders to maximize the impact of our programs and drive our performance higher.
Scaling the technologies that can decarbonize aviation requires thoughtful and action-oriented collaboration with employees, customers, airports, suppliers, cross-industry partners and policymakers. Through partnership, we believe we can accelerate commercialization and scale to achieve our 2050 net zero ambition.
- United worked with federal policymakers and a broad multi-industry coalition to champion the Sustainable Skies Act SAF Blender’s Tax Credit with the intent to create an economic incentive for increased SAF production within the United States.
- United is a founding member of the Biden Administration’s First Movers Coalition, a collective of leading companies committing to purchasing low-carbon technologies in hard-to-abate sectors. As part of its membership, United has committed to using emerging technologies with significant emissions reductions, with a target of replacing at least 5% of conventional jet fuel demand with SAF that reduces lifecycle GHG emissions by 85% or more compared with conventional jet fuel by 2030.
- In February 2021, United became a founding member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Net Zero Business Alliance where our CEO is working with key corporate leaders from the power, forestry, energy, and food sectors to make the case for urgent climate action to leaders from diverse partisan and ideological backgrounds.
- At the international level, United was the only airline whose CEO attended the 2021 UN Conference of the Parties (COP26) climate conference, supporting the pathway to net zero emissions for air travel through the use of SAF and other technologies.
- During the COP26 conference, the Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance (SABA), a non-profit initiative of the Environmental Defense Fund and Rocky Mountain Institute that is developing a sustainability framework for SAF, announced that United and other airlines have founded its new Aviators Group. Through SABA, United intends to work collaboratively with its customers and industry peers to support low-carbon technologies such as SAF.
- United has supported the adoption of more aggressive industry targets, with both Airlines for America (A4A) and the International Air Transport Association committing to net zero emissions by 2050 for domestic and international carriers, respectively (see below for more information). In addition, United along with other A4A members have pledged to work towards the Biden Administration's SAF Grand Challenge to collectively make 3 billion gallons of SAF available domestically by 2030.