Cemvita Corporation and United Airlines have entered into an offtake agreement for up to 1 billion gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from the former’s full-scale SAF plant.
Cemvita will supply up to 50 million gallons of SAF, made from CO2, annually for 20 years to United Airlines, under the agreement.
While commercialized SAF is made from used cooking oil and agricultural waste, Cemvita's technology can provide more reliable feedstock production with minimal land, water, and electricity needs.
The eCO2 plants’ output can be carbon negative, and Cemvita targets to be cost competitive with existing crop based HEFA feedstocks and fuels.
In 2023, United launched its UAV Sustainable Flight Fund, an investment vehicle designed to receive support from cross-industry businesses for start-ups working on decarbonizing air travel through SAF research, technology, and production. Cemvita was part of the fund’s inaugural group of portfolio companies.
Amongst the airlines to commit to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, without relying on traditional carbon offsets, United launched a SAF purchasing program, the Eco-Skies Alliance, and created a venture fund, United Airlines Ventures, to identify and invest in carbon capture, hydrogen-electric engines, electric regional aircraft, and air taxis’ companies working to decarbonize air travel.