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AA tops list of ‘green’ airlines in Newsweek’s ’12 rankings

American Airlines has implemented a number of programs to reduce its environmental footprint. (Credit: © Mauricio Pacual)

In its annual environmental list of the 500 largest publicly traded stateside companies, Newsweek ranked AMR Corporation, parent company of American Airlines, the best among U.S. airlines and the second best in the transportation and logistics category.

“Being honored in the Newsweek Green Rankings is a direct result of the passion and dedication of our people to making American Airlines a better steward of the environment,” said David Campbell, American’s vice president of safety, security and environmental.

“Reducing our carbon footprint is a core commitment that our people take very seriously, and this is reflected through our many successful environmental programs,” he said.

American was also recognized for its environmental reporting. This category evaluates the adequacy, completeness and quality of company sustainability reporting, and includes measurement and disclosure of environmental impacts and involvement in key transparency initiatives.

In collaboration with leading environmental research organizations, Newsweek annually evaluates the 500 largest publicly traded companies in the U.S. by size according to revenue (most recent fiscal year), market capitalization, and number of employees. Companies are ranked by their overall “Green Score,” which is determined by their environmental footprint, management of that footprint and sustainability communications.

American Airlines has implemented a number of programs to reduce its environmental footprint, through fuel conservation, recycling, fleet renewal, and a lower emission institutional program dubbed “ecoDemonstrator,” the company said.


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