US airlines and Amazon join push to reduce aircraft emissions


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The United States said it is setting a goal of achieving near-zero greenhouse gas emissions from the US aviation sector by 2050.

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Major US airlines and the aviation arm of are joining an effort to accelerate the development and use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) to reduce emissions in air transportation.

The Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance (SABA) said Amazon Air, Alaska Airlines, JetBlue and United Airlines are joining the effort, which includes major corporate airline customers, to drive greater SAF production, cut prices and accelerate technological advancements. help to run.


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The Environmental Defense Fund and the Rocky Mountain Institute launched the Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance (SABA) in April with companies including Boeing, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft and Netflix, to support growing market demand for SAFs Can you

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On Tuesday, the United States said it is setting a goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from the US aviation sector by 2050.

The White House said in September that it was targeting 20% ​​less aviation emissions by 2030. Major US airlines supported a voluntary industry target of 3 billion gallons of SAF use in 2030.

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Sarah Rhodes said, “By working closely with other companies, we are demonstrating that there is a strong and growing demand for the rapid deployment of cost-effective sustainable aviation fuels, which will drive Amazon our commitment to reach net-zero carbon by 2040. will help fulfill it.” Vice President of Amazon Global Air.

Alaska Airlines CEO Ben Minicucci said the new “Aviators Group” within SABA is “focused largely on concrete steps to accelerate progress.”

Saba also said that Facebook parent Meta and LiveNation are getting involved.

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“Making sustainable travel a reality will require massive investment by our entire industry in low-carbon technologies such as sustainable aviation fuels,” said Scott Kirby, United Airlines CEO.

At climate talks in Glasgow, US Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg will represent the United States as the UK-led coalition of countries is expected to announce an “International Aviation Climate Ambition Declaration”, Reuters reported, citing sources.

About 2.5% of global emissions are the result of air travel. Despite the demand to reduce emissions, there is little SAF in use.

(Reporting by David Shepardson. Editing by Gary Doyle)

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