United Airlines Invests In New Technology To Reduce CO2 Impact

United Airlines is aiming at removing 100 percent of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In 2018, the carrier became the first in the United States to commit to reducing its emissions by 50 percent by 2050. It will now advance towards carbon neutrality by committing to a multimillion-dollar investment in revolutionary atmospheric carbon capture technology known as direct air capture. The airline has confirmed that this would reduce their focus on indirect measures like carbon-offsetting.

This new technology may help reduce the speed of climate change

Further, the airline will continue to invest in the development and use of sustainable fuel. This new announcement makes United the first airline in the world to commit to investing in direct air capture technology. “As the leader of one of the world’s largest airlines, I recognise our responsibility in contributing to fight climate change, as well as our responsibility to solve it,” said Scott Kirby, United chief executive officer. He added: 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. Perhaps most importantly, we’re not just doing it to meet our own sustainability goal; we’re doing it to drive the positive change our entire industry requires so that every airline can eventually join us and do the same.”

United plans to make a multimillion-dollar investment in 1PointFive, a partnership between Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, a subsidiary of Occidental, and Rusheen Capital Management. This move shows that the airline is not relying solely on the purchase of carbon offsets for decarbonisation. Their main goal is to curb the rise in global temperatures by physically removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through air capture technology.

What is direct air capture technology?

Direct air capture technology has been proven to physically correct aircraft emissions and can scale to capture millions and potentially billions of metric tons of CO2 per year. The captured carbon dioxide will then be permanently and securely stored deep underground by Occidental, a process certified by independent third parties.

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