United Airlines Launches Customer Carbon Offset Program
Offset travel between
Partners with Conservation International, Sustainable Travel International to support reforestation and renewable energy projects
“Protecting the environment is important to United and an issue that we know is important to our customers,” says
United’s environmental initiatives include fleet enhancements, an EcoPower engine wash system, and alternative fuel vehicles in United’s ground support equipment. United was the only U.S. carrier to participate in last year’s environmental program ASPIRE, using 11 fuel-savings initiatives in a single flight to save more than 32,000 pounds of carbon emissions. United also trains flight crews in key fuel conservation principles and in the implementation of a more efficient flight planning management process.
Along with Conservation International and in partnership with Sustainable Travel International (STI), United has developed a carbon calculator that determines a customer’s carbon footprint for air travel based on actual United routes, planes utilized, load factors, and fuel usage. Customers wanting to participate and offset their emissions may visit united.com/carbonoffset, to calculate the carbon footprint specific to their travels and make a tax-deductible donation to support one of four independently reviewed and verified offset portfolios offered by STI. An offset for travel from
The portfolio of projects offered through United’s carbon offset program with STI support domestic and international renewable energy sources such as wind farms, while international forest preservation projects focus on restoring native forests and reducing the threat of forest burning or clearing while conserving wildlife and natural ecosystems. The Gold Standard option generates carbon credits for international, long-term sustainable development programs in renewable energy and energy efficiency, while the fourth option, the United portfolio, enables customers to invest in a combination of the three categories.
“Climate Change is the challenge facing our generation. Together we can take real actions that will collectively benefit our planet and humanity,” said
More information about United’s environmental initiatives is available at united.com/environment.
United Airlines (NASDAQ: UAUA) operates over 3,100* flights a day on United and United Express to more than 200 U.S. domestic and international destinations from its hubs in
*Based on United’s forward-looking flight schedule for
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