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United Airlines launches Carbon Offset Program


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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 customers 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’s website, 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.

The portfolio of projects offered through Uniteds 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.

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