The GBTA Foundation is the education and research foundation of the Global Business Travel Association. Project Icarus is a GBTA Foundation corporate sustainability initiative.
United’s environmental initiatives include:
- United’s InCycle coffee cup, made from up to 50 percent recycled materials, is now available in United Clubs and on flights.
- The company in early 2014 became the first airline in the world to fly with the split scimitar winglet technology that cuts fuel consumption by up to an additional 2 percent over the airline’s existing fuel-saving winglet technology.
- Since 1994, United has improved its fuel efficiency by 33 percent.
- The company in 2013 reduced CO2 emissions by more than 925,000 metric tons and reduced fuel consumption by more than 95 million gallons through fuel efficiency initiatives, exceeding its goal of reducing fuel consumption by 85 million gallons.
- The airline increased orders for new Boeing and Airbus aircraft that are 15 to 20 percent more fuel efficient than those they’ll replace and now has more than 230 of these new, fuel-efficient aircraft on order.
- United partnered with AltAir Fuels to bring commercial-scale, cost-competitive renewable jet fuel to its Los Angeles hub later this year.
- Since 2006, the company has recycled more than 23.5 million pounds of aluminum cans, paper and plastic.