U.S. airways and Amazon be part of push to scale back plane emissions By Reuters
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By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Major U.S. airlines and Amazon.com’s aviation division (NASDAQ 🙂 are working together to accelerate the development and use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) to reduce aviation emissions.
According to the Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance (SABA), Amazon Air, Alaska Airlines, JetBlue and United Airlines are joining efforts, which include large corporate customers, to drive greater SAF production, price cuts and technological advances.
The Environmental Defense Fund and Rocky Mountain Institute formed the Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance (SABA) in April with companies like Boeing (NYSE :), Bank of America (NYSE :), JPMorgan Chase (NYSE :), Microsoft (NASDAQ :), and Netflix (NASDAQ 🙂 to support increased market demand for SAFs.
On Tuesday, the United States announced that it had set a goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from the US aviation sector by 2050.
The White House announced in September that it was aiming for 20% fewer air travel emissions by 2030. Major U.S. airlines supported a voluntary industry target of 3 billion gallons of SAF use by 2030.
“By working with other companies, we are demonstrating that there is strong and growing demand for the rapid deployment of low-cost sustainable aviation fuels that will help Amazon meet our commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040,” said Sarah Rhoads, vice president of Amazon Global Air.
Ben Minicucci, CEO of Alaska Airlines, said the new “Aviators Group” within SABA is “focused on concrete steps on a large scale to accelerate progress”.
SABA also said Facebook (NASDAQ 🙂 will join Mother Meta and LiveNation.
“Making sustainable travel a reality will require significant investments in low-carbon technologies such as sustainable aviation fuel across our industry,” said Scott Kirby, CEO of United Airlines (NYSE :).
US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg will represent the United States at the climate talks in Glasgow, while a British-led coalition of countries is expected to announce the International Aviation Climate Ambition Declaration, Reuters reported, citing sources.
Almost 2.5% of global emissions can be attributed to air travel. Despite the requirement to reduce emissions, very little SAF is used.
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