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Aircraft. Carriers meet climate commitments

United Airlines invests in Saf, start-ups and electric airtaxi

The global air transport industry is accelerating its progress on the environmental front. First of all, they are fulfilling the commitments made in October at the "Cop 26" summit -organized by the United Nations to discuss climate change- in which the world's leading airlines said they would cut and zero their net carbon emissions by 2050. 

As is well known, airplanes are among the most polluting modes of transportation, with a 2% global carbon footprint. As the industry takes on the enormous task of decarbonization, air carriers are relying on experts, lawyers and climate consultants to figure out how to address the transition. US United and American, for example, as well as many other airlines around the world, are focusing heavily on new technologies and materials, both in aircraft, fuel and infrastructure, to meet their sustainability goals.

Sustainable aviation fuel (Saf) is among the most important new developments. In fact, clean energy technologies such as electricity and hydrogen are still far from being able to transport people over long distances. Meanwhile, there is also a lot of focus on nascent technologies: United has ordered 15 supersonic airliners that will fly on 100% sustainable fuel by 2029; it has invested $1 billion on electric flying cabs from Archer Aviation. Finally, the American airline has set up United Airlines Ventures, which will invest exclusively in sustainable start-ups in the airline industry. The risks are many, but the road is now marked out. 

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency