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United Airlines targets 50 pct cut in greenhouse gas emissions

United Airlines said on Thursday it has set a goal to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent over the next few decades to help reduce its carbon footprint and its dependence on fossil fuels. The third-largest U.S. air carrier will invest more than $2 billion a year in more fuel-efficient aircraft, expanding its use of low-carbon biofuels in daily flights and implementing ways to better conserve fuel. "This is not only good for the environment but guards against oil price instability," Aaron Stash, a United manager of environmental strategy and sustainability, told reporters. Fuel costs account for a major portion of airlines' expenses, and rising oil prices over the past year have eaten in to industry profits, sending carriers scrambling to mitigate the impact.

EcoVadis's insight:

Remarkable initiative by United Airlines! Best practice for emissions policies is to communicate clear principles and objectives for the reduction of GHG emissions in qualitative and quantitative terms, reporting of Key performance indicators (KPIs) can have an even stronger, positive impact on a suppliers’ scorecard.

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The third-largest U.S. air carrier will invest more than $2 billion a year in more fuel-efficient aircraft, expanding its use of low-carbon biofuels in daily flights and implementing ways to better conserve fuel. 

 "This is not only good for the environment but guards against oil price instability," Aaron Stash, a United manager of environmental strategy and sustainability, told reporters.
 
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Le droit à un environnement sain, un droit en devenir

Le droit à un environnement sain, un droit en devenir | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Comme les émissions de gaz à effet de serre responsables du changement climatique, la déforestation, la pollution de l’eau, de l’air ou des sols, ou encore la raréfaction des ressources, provoquées par l’activité des entreprises, peuvent en effet porter atteinte au droit des populations locales à disposer d’un environnement sain. Ce droit, dans lequel on peut inclure le droit à l'eau, à l'air pur, à la jouissance de paysages, aux bénéfices de la biodiversité – en somme à la vie dans des conditions environnementales saines – commence à être reconnu en tant que droit fondamental de la personne humaine.
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Les activités provoquées par les entreprises peuvent porter atteinte au droit des populations à disposer d’un environnement sain. Que faites-vous pour protéger votre environnement ?

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