Every United Airline Flight From LA Now Runs On Biofuel

They are setting the pace in American aviation.

If you fly out of Los Angeles, California on a United Airlines flight, you'll be taking to the sky under the power of sustainable biofuel.

United Airlines bought 10 million more gallons of the biofuel last month, making them the only airline in the United States to use biofuel in their normal operation. The move sets United up for a long-term commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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"Investing in sustainable aviation biofuel is one of the most effective measures a commercial airline can take to reduce its impact on the environment," Scott Kirby, United's president, said on the United website. "As leaders in this space, United and World Energy are setting an example for the industry on how innovators can work together to bring our customers, colleagues and communities toward a more sustainable future."

The deal, which United struck with World Energy, will reduce their emissions by 50 percent come 2050. Their reduction from 2005 is the equivalent of taking 4.5 million cars off the road, according to United. 

World Energy's biofuel is created from agricultural waste, making it a sustainable form of fuel they think can re-shape the market. United recently debuted an "eco-friendly" flight where they served dinner on compostable plates with compostable cutlery and aimed for zero cabin waste and zero emissions on the flight. In parts of the flight where it didn't hit zero emissions, United purchased carbon offsets, according to USA Today.  

"It showcases our industry-leading commitment to becoming the most environmentally conscious airline in the world,'' Kirby told reporters before the flight took off. 

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