United Airlines has launched a carbon offset program
designed to give customers the opportunity to help protect the
environment by supporting renewable energy and reforestation projects.
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.
to participate and offset their emissions may visit United's
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 Tampa Bay to Chicago, for example, may be
available for a contribution as low as $2.05.
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.
“Protecting the environment is important to
United and an issue that we know is important to our customers,”
said Rosemary Moore, senior vice president – Corporate and
Government Affairs for United Airlines. “With our new carbon
offset program we are pleased to join our non-profit partners to
give our customers the opportunity to support quality programs
which have a positive impact on our environment."
United’s other 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.
“Climate Change is the challenge facing our generation.
Together we can take real actions that will collectively benefit
our planet and humanity,” said Glenn Prickett, senior vice
president at Conservation International. “Through the leadership
of United and this new program, travelers can counter the
environmental impact of their travels by supporting sustainable
projects such as our international reforestation efforts.”
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