Northwest Airlines praised for environmental achievements
Northwest Airlines has received a prestigious award in recognition for its efforts to reduce both waste and pollution, with particular focus on its recycling initiatives and fuel conservation.
The US airline, which is set to launch three services from London Heathrow Airport later this year, won the Minnesota Governors Award for Excellence in Waste and Pollution Prevention as a result of its advances in corporate social responsibility.
In particular it was praised for its $6 billion (£3 billion) fleet modernisation programme, which resulted in savings of 250 million gallons of jet fuel every year, with the airline reducing its carbon emissions by 25 per cent since 2000.
At the same time, Northwest won plaudits for its attempt to increase the sustainability of its operations by recycling both aircraft parts and items such as wood and paper used in its day-to-day operations.
"This is another example of our commitment to environmental sustainability and we will continue to strive to be a conservation leader in the airline industry," said Tim McGraw, director of Corporate Environmental and Safety Programs at the airline.
Last month, the UK's largest airline, British Airways, launched its own set of new green initiatives, including an upgraded carbon-offsetting scheme for passengers and support for research into non-carbon aircraft emissions.
Article Date: 28 February 2008
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