Wyndham Worldwide to Fly Carbon Neutral on United Airlines
JULY 28, 2015: United Airlines and Wyndham Worldwide are working together to reduce carbon emissions associated with corporate air travel. The hospitality company has agreed to become an official launch partner for United's Eco-Skies CarbonChoice corporate carbon offset program. The Eco-Skies CarbonChoice program enables the airline's corporate customers to track and offset the emissions stemming from their business travel and freight shipments on United at the enterprise level.
"As the only U.S. airline to offer a corporate carbon offset program, United's CarbonChoice program represents another way for us to broaden and partner with our customers on environmental initiatives outside of our normal business relationship," said Angela Foster-Rice, Managing Director of Environmental Affairs at United Airlines. "This program underscores United's efforts to lead commercial aviation as an environmentally responsible company and we are thrilled to help play a role in Wyndham Worldwide's carbon footprint reduction efforts."
Through the CarbonChoice program, participating corporate customers receive customized enterprise-level carbon emissions reports and can purchase offsets to counterbalance the emissions associated with their transport, effectively allowing them to ship and travel carbon neutral on United. United's industry leading corporate offset program uses actual flight level data – recognizing aircraft type, routes, fuel consumption, payload, and customer-specific business travel and cargo shipments on United. The carbon offsets are available through United'spartnership with global NGO Sustainable Travel International and enable participants to support projects designed to help reduce greenhouse gases as well as provide social and economic benefits to communities where those projects are located.
"Our commitment to sustainability extends across all facets of the Company," said Joanne McNellis Coelho, senior manager, Global Travel at Wyndham. "At Wyndham Worldwide, practicing sustainability doesn't just mean turning off the lights or using low flow faucets, it's about being innovative and working with colleagues across all functions of the Company and with key supply chain partners to make a difference. We are excited to be one of the first members ofUnited's CarbonChoice program."