Sustainable operations

Sustainable operations

Reducing our carbon footprint is the most significant way American can minimize our impact on the environment, but we also work hard to improve environmental sustainability across all of our operations. In 2022, we updated our Environmental Policy Statement (opens in new tab) to more clearly articulate American’s commitment to environmental stewardship and our expectations and objectives for how we integrate that across our operations.

Renewable energy

As part of our goal to source 2.5 million GJs of cost competitive renewable energy to power our operations by 2025, we purchased nearly 750,000 GJs of electricity from renewable sources for our headquarters facilities and operations at DFW in 2021. In the past year, these facilities were 100% powered by renewable energy.

100% powered by renewable energy in our DFW operations
Cool effect

Enabling our customers to offset their flights

American partners with Cool Effect, a leading nonprofit provider of carbon offsets, to give our customers the opportunity to easily estimate the emissions of their flight and purchase high-quality offsets. Cool Effect uses more than 90% of each offset dollar to fund a portfolio of high-quality, verified carbon reduction projects that protect and conserve our planet’s resources.

Learn more about Cool Effect (opens in new tab)

Reducing environmental impacts on board

American has a number of longtime efforts aimed at reducing waste and increasing recycling on board our aircraft. Among them, American recycles an average of about 21,000 pounds of aluminum cans annually through our flight services. We are also taking steps to use more sustainable materials — and, in particular, to find ways to reduce single-use plastics — as part of our onboard products and meal service.

Green building
American Airlines headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas

Green building

We are integrating green building principles — such as energy efficiency, water conservation and sustainable materials — into our new and renovated facilities. We also have multiple LEED Gold- and Silver-certified facilities across the United States, including two LEED Gold-certified buildings at our corporate headquarters campus that we opened in 2019.

ESG Resource Center

Visit our ESG Resource Center for links to numerous American Airlines documents, policies, webpages and other sources of information about our company’s approach on various ESG topics.

Environment, Social and Governance at American Airlines

Our annual ESG report details American’s approach to managing our priority ESG issues, along with highlights of our progress and performance during the year.
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