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United signs purchase agreement with Neste for sustainable fuel containing cooking oil and animal fat waste

Your next international United flight could be fueled with the same stuff you would use to fry your food.

United Airlines, which uses Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport as its hub, has reached an agreement that would make it the first US airline to purchase Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) overseas.

The new purchase agreement with Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel gives United the right to purchase up to 52.5 million gallons at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol over the next three years.

According to Neste, it converts waste, residues and innovative raw materials into renewable fuels and sustainable raw materials for plastics and other materials.

Neste adds that its SAF is made from 100% sustainably sourced renewable waste and residue feedstocks, including used cooking oil and animal fat waste.

The move is part of United’s goal to be “100% green” by 2050, the airline said.

This is a far cry from United’s first foray into sustainable fuels. Last December, the airline became the first airline in history to fly entirely on sustainable fuel when it flew from Chicago to Washington.

Other US airlines such as Delta and JetBlue have also committed to using renewable energy sources.

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