Offset travel between Chicago and Tampa Bay for as little as a latte
Partners with Conservation International, Sustainable Travel International
to support reforestation and renewable energy projects
CHICAGO, April 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- United Airlines today launched
a carbon offset program designed to give customers the opportunity to help
protect the environment by supporting renewable energy and reforestation
projects. This program complements United's existing efforts to reduce its
impact on the environment through meaningful and sustainable actions in the
air and on the ground.
"Protecting the environment is important to United and an issue that we
know is important to our customers," says Rosemary Moore, senior vice
president - Corporate 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 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 Tampa Bay
to Chicago may be available for a contribution as low as $2.05.
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
"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."
More information about United's environmental initiatives is available at
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 Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago and
Washington, D.C. With key global air rights in the Asia-Pacific region,
Europe and Latin America, United is one of the largest international carriers
based in the United States. United also is a founding member of Star
Alliance, which provides connections for our customers to 912 destinations in
159 countries worldwide. United's 48,500 employees reside in every U.S. state
and in many countries around the world. News releases and other information
about United can be found at the company's Web site at united.com.
*Based on United's forward-looking flight schedule for April 1, 2009 to
April 1, 2010.
SOURCE United Airlines
CONTACT: Worldwide Press Office of United Airlines, +1-312-997-8640