Protecting The Environment

Reducing Jet Fuel Impact

The most significant environmental impact associated with the aviation industry is burning jet fuel during flight, which generates carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas. We recognize the importance of this issue and understand that it is a high priority concern for many of our stakeholders.

American has a strong economic incentive to mobilize resources to minimize its use of jet fuel. We are making significant investments in new aircraft and aviation technology, which will allow us to carry more passengers and cargo while using less fuel. We are engaging employees across our many facilities in identifying and implementing fuel conservation and efficiency measures through our Fuel Smart program—now in its eighth year. We also support the development of new, alternative fuels as well as enhancements to air traffic control that can maximize flight efficiency through better coordination and flight planning.

As part of our collective commitment to reducing our industry's environmental impacts, we have set a goal to improve the carbon efficiency of our aircraft by 30 percent between 2005 and 2025. We measure carbon efficiency using an intensity ratio, or amount of work we do—including carrying passengers and cargo—for each ton of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) we emit.

The GHG Intensity Ratio chart shows our progress, splitting out performance attributable to American Airlines, American Eagle and AMR as a whole. We continue to implement measures to meet our 20-year goal, and with new, more fuel-efficient aircraft coming online, we are confident that progress towards our goal should accelerate.

GHG Intensity Ratio

This chart shows American's progress towards its goal of reducing overall GHG intensity by 30 percent by 2025. Our intensity ratio compares the amount of CO2e we emitted with the work we performed as measured by revenue ton miles (RTMs), which is the weight of passengers and cargo we are paid to transport.

Fuel Smart conservation initiative

Fuel Smart is our cornerstone fuel conservation initiative. Established in 2005, this program identifies and implements new fuel-saving ideas. To date, we've saved more than 800 million gallons of fuel and reduced emissions by 7.8 million tons of carbon dioxide.

Fuel Smart20092010201120122013 GOAL
Annual Savings Rate Improvement (million gallons)108123141147154

Every year, we set a new goal for improvement in the Fuel Smart Annual Savings Rate. Our success in reaching these goals directly translates to cost savings for the company, especially as fuel prices continue to rise.

AMR fuel consumption and pricing20122011
Fuel consumption (gallons, in millions)2,7232,756
Fuel price per gallon (USD)$3.20$3.01

As part of our ongoing partnership with Air Compassion for Veterans (ACV), a portion of Fuel Smart savings generated by employees is used by ACV to provide transportation for wounded warriors and their families. In 2012, total contributions to this program totaled $754,000, with program to date donations surpassing $3.5 million. Through these donations, American has helped more than 5,000 veterans and their families.

In 2013, we'll continue our Fuel Smart focus on initiatives such as reducing usage of aircraft auxiliary power units, installing winglets on our 767 aircraft, encouraging single-engine taxiing, maximizing the use of high-speed tractors, reducing aircraft weight and expanding our engine wash program to new fleet types.

Please visit the Fuel Smart webpage for complete information.