Protecting The Environment

Our Approach

We are committed to protecting the environment by implementing sustainable business practices across our operations. Through our investment in fleet renewal and our continuing attention to initiatives such as Fuel Smart and other conservation and waste minimization efforts, we are reducing our environmental footprint while saving millions of dollars—which is good for the earth and good for our business, too.

We have also established an environmental steering committee, composed of vice-presidents from across different functional areas, to help define our environmental agenda, review progress and ensure that we stay on track. As always, we consider full compliance with all applicable environmental laws and regulations as the minimum acceptable level of performance. In 2012, we provided 38,425 hours of environmental training to nearly 29,000 employees.

Environmental focus areas

  • Climate and energy - Our largest potential impact comes from burning jet fuel. We have established programs and initiatives and made significant investments to maximize fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
  • Waste minimization - Our air and ground operations generate significant amounts of waste. Through source minimization, reuse, recycling and reclamation, we are dramatically cutting the amount of materials that end up as waste in landfills.
  • Utilities management - Our ground facilities, offices and airport infrastructure contribute to our environmental footprint by using energy, materials and water along with the related emissions and waste. We share best practices and implement initiatives to minimize resource use and realize cost savings throughout our system.

American named "Greenest Airline" by Newsweek

Our attention to environmental excellence was recognized in Newsweek's 2012 Green Rankings, an evaluation of the largest 500 publicly traded companies in the United States. For the third year in a row, American achieved the top spot among airlines. We were ranked second in the Transportation & Logistics sector, and ranked 88th overall.