United Airlines Pledges to be 100% Green by 2050

December 14, 2020 — In 2018, United Airlines became the first U.S. airline to commit to reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50% by 2050. However, this week they adjusted their goal to reducing their GHG emissions by 100% by 2050. The airline will advance to carbon neutrality by committing to a multi-million dollar investment in atmospheric carbon capture technology. This technology is known as Direct Air Capture and is on the forefront of innovation compared to the indirect carbon neutrality measures like carbon-offsetting. The Chief Executive Officer of United, Scott Kirby, said, “these game changing technologies will significantly reduce our emissions, and measurably reduce the speed of climate change- because buying carbon offsets alone is just not enough”. United hopes their announcement and goal for GHG emissions reduction will encourage other airlines to follow suit.

More information about United’s announcement can be found here.

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