United Airlines signs contract for more aviation biofuel

United's 737-900ER. Source: United Continental Holdings, Inc

May 23 (Renewables Now) - United Airlines Inc will continue to power its flights out of Los Angeles with sustainable aviation biofuel for the next two years after agreeing to purchase up to 10 million gallons from Boston-based advanced biofuel producer World Energy LLC.

The Chicago-based carrier said Wednesday the two parties had renewed their contract, supporting the airline's commitment to lower its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% compared to 2005 levels by 2050.

World Energy produces biofuel from agricultural waste and its blend has been rubber-stamped by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RBS).

In 2016, United Airlines became the first US airline to launch regularly scheduled flights using commercial-scale volumes of sustainable aviation biofuel. Back then, it agreed to purchase up to 15 million gallons of sustainable biofuel from California-based refinery AltAir Paramount over a three-year period. World Energy acquired AltAir Fuels last year.

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