Continental Announces Cargo Emissions Calculator With Sustainable Travel International

May, 2008

 

Continental Airlines, in partnership with Sustainable Travel International (STI) launched North America’s first airline Cargo Emissions Calculator. As more and more shippers request carbon footprint data for their shipments, this innovative tool provides easy origin and destination entry, and the voluntary option to purchase carbon offsets for the itinerary. It enables forwarders to be responsive to their customers by quickly determining the carbon impact of Continental flights, in their logistics chain.
 
Proceeds from customer contributions to Sustainable Travel International fund the purchase of carbon offsets, which are generated from high-impact sustainable development projects that are designed to reduce the impact of carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere. Sustainable Travel International provides carbon offset projects, located all over the world, which are independently verified and or certified by third-party sources.
 
“We have the most fuel-efficient fleet among U.S. network carriers. We replaced more than 20 older Classic 737s this year and we have more than 100 new advanced-technology Boeing aircraft on order. Why hide from carbon issues? We are going to take a leadership position and make it as easy as possible for shippers to work with us”, said Jack Boisen, Vice President Cargo Division.
 
The carbon offsetting option is part of a company-wide commitment to environmental responsibility. Further, Continental is the only major U.S. carrier to schedule a flight test in 2009, using sustainable biofuels. For a comprehensive look at its Commitment to the Environment, visit us at continental.com/ About Continental/ Company Profile/ Commitment to the Environment.
 
To access the new Continental Cargo Emissions Calculator:
http://www.continental.com/web/en-US/content/company/profile/offset.aspx 
 
About Continental
Continental is committed to promoting environmental responsibility within its culture and to reducing its environmental impacts, and has been recognized numerous times for its commitment to environmental responsibility. The carrier has received two awards from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and two awards from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for environmental efforts. Additionally, in 2007, FORTUNE magazine named Continental as one of ten "Green Giants," corporations whose environmental policies go beyond what is required.
 
Continental Airlines is the world's fifth largest airline. Continental, together with Continental Express and Continental Connection, has more than 3,100 daily departures throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, serving 145 domestic and 138 international destinations. With more than 45,000 employees, Continental has hubs serving New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, and together with Continental Express, carries approximately 69 million passengers per year. Continental consistently earns awards and critical acclaim for both its operation and its corporate culture.
 
For the fifth consecutive year, FORTUNE magazine named Continental the No. 1 World's Most Admired Airline on its 2008 list of World's Most Admired Companies. Additionally, Continental again won major awards at the OAG Airline of the Year Awards including "Best Airline Based in North America" for the fourth year in a row, and "Best Executive/Business Class" for the fifth consecutive year. For more company information, visit continental.com.
 
About Sustainable Travel International
Sustainable Travel International is a US-based non-profit organization whose mission is to promote sustainable development and responsible travel by providing programs that help travelers and travel-related companies protect the environmental, socio-cultural and economic values of the places they visit, and the planet at large. Sustainable Travel International introduced carbon offsetting and custom carbon calculators into the North American travel and tourism industry.     

Continental Contact: Tony Randgaard
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Address: P.O. Box 4607, Houston, TX 77210-4607

STI Contact: Brian T. Mullis
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Website: sustainabletravelinternational.org
Address: P.O. Box 1313, Boulder, CO 80306 
 

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