Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is identical to conventional jet fuel but made from renewable resources and can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 85%. Rohini Sengupta, Director of Sustainability and Decarbonization at United Airlines, discusses United’s commitment to reaching net zero by 2050 through strategies such as fuel reduction and the expansion of SAF usage, highlighting both the opportunities and the challenges as the market scales up.
Rohini Sengupta, Director, Environmental Sustainability, United Airlines
“We don’t have a magic wand to do over and just create a brand new way of providing energy to aircraft to get people around the world. And, it’s important to get people around the world. So I think we have to find ways to smartly transition using what’s in the ground. We always have to recognize that and aim to strive for better.”
Rohini Sengupta has worked in all aspects of the environmental industry, from quantifying greenhouse gas reductions in operations to helping shape global climate policy. Currently, she is the Director of Environmental Sustainability for United Airlines. Rohini has been recognized as an expert on the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation, nominated to ICAO’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP), as well as the company’s lead on carbon markets and climate policy/legislation. Before several positions at United, Rohini was an Environmental Specialist and Engineer at BP, focusing on refinery greenhouse gas emissions, with before that biofuel coprocessing and hydroprocessing. Rohini received her Bachelors of Science in Earth and Environmental Engineering from Columbia University.