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Published on August 20th, 2012 | by Adam Johnston


United Airlines Signs On With Sustainable Aviation Group

August 20th, 2012 by  

United Airlines on Friday joined the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG), a group which supports advancing commercialization and development of aviation biofuels.

Around 35% of the consumer demand comes from SAFUG representatives. As part of signing onto the group, United Airlines promises to look at advancing biofuels that will support sustainability standards. The airline will also collaborate as part of the group with top organizations to create biofuels certification criteria, and advance making aviation biofuels more attractive in the market.

“We are excited to collaborate with other industry leaders in our shared quest to advance sustainable biofuels,” Jimmy Samartzis, managing director of Global Environmental Affairs and Sustainability for United Airlines said in the statement.

“We will all benefit from our collective work to find solutions to make alternative fuel available at commercial scale and secure a sustainable future for aviation,” he said.

The latest sustainability action by the US airline is just one of many recent initiatives it has engaged in to promote more environmentally friendly air travel. United was the first major US airline to successfully fly a commercial flight using advanced biofuels in 2011, after previous test flights in 2009 and 2010. It also plans to buy 50 million gallons in sustainable biofuels.

Source: PR Newswire
Image Credit: United Airlines Boeing 747 image via Shutterstock 
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Is currently studying at the School of the Environment Professional Development program in Renewable Energy from the University of Toronto. Adam graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a three-year B.A. combined major in Economics and Rhetoric, Writing & Communications. Adam also writes for Solar Love and also owns his own part time tax preparation business. His eventual goal is to be a cleantech policy analyst, and is currently sharpening his skills as a renewable energy writer. You can follow him on Twitter @adamjohnstonwpg or at

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