At United, we're committed to operating sustainably and responsibly. This commitment means that we minimize the environmental impacts associated with our operations and that we continuously look for ways to reduce our footprint in the air, on the ground and at our facilities.
In 2013, we were recognized for our environmental accomplishments and named Air Transport World magazine's Eco-Aviation "Airline of the Year" Gold Winner, and in 2014, we received the Global Business Travel Association Foundation's Sustainability Outstanding Achievement Award as well as the ICARUS Gold Award for Sustainability Excellence. We've built a corporate track record that we are proud of. We have improved aircraft fuel efficiency by 33 percent since 1994, advanced sustainable alternative fuels and worked to mitigate our impact on the environment through reduced energy use and waste generation. We're not stopping there, because there's more to do.
Our four-pillar commitment to the environment
We believe in taking actions today that shape an environmentally sustainable future. Our commitment to the environment rests on four pillars:
We're committed to reducing fuel use and improving the fuel efficiency of our aircraft and vehicles through technology and process innovation.
We are continually working to improve the sustainability of our products and our facilities, as well as reducing and responsibly managing waste generated by our business activities.
We are advancing and investing in environmentally responsible and cost-efficient alternative fuels.
We continue to partner within United and with our external stakeholders—customers, airport employees, business partners, suppliers, governments and non-governmental organizations—to promote accountability and protect the environment as part of our way of doing business.
Our commitment to operating sustainably and responsibly can be seen through our key environmental programs and partnerships, including: