O'Hare Airport Receives EPA Grant to Reduce Carbon Emissions - United Hub

O'Hare Airport receives EPA grant to reduce carbon emissions

By The Hub team, February 13, 2018

Yesterday, The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) announced that it has been awarded $640,000 in DERA grant funding by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The DERA grant will enable the CDA and our company to invest a total of $1.43 million to purchase 26 new pieces of zero emissions ground support equipment, replacing older, diesel-fueled equipment at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. As a result of the grant, the CDA and ourselves will save a total of more than 1.4 million gallons of diesel fuel and reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the primary air pollutant in the generation of greenhouse gases, by more than 16,000 tons (as well as other byproducts of fuel emissions).

To get a better understanding of the total amount of emissions saved, this is equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions from 3,100 vehicles, the annual CO2 emissions from 2,200 homes' electricity use, or the amount of carbon sequestered by 17,000 acres of U.S. forests in one year. This grant supports both the CDA's and our continued efforts to protect the environment by reducing emissions and the use of fossil fuels.

Environmentally friendly equipment that will be purchased with grant

"The Chicago Department of Aviation is always looking for ways to proactively reduce emissions across all aspects of our operations," said CDA Commissioner Ginger S. Evans. "This grant funding allows Chicago O'Hare and our partners at United Airlines to continue adopting innovative, sustainable solutions that further build upon our legacy of environmental stewardship as we look to modernize and prepare for the future."

"As Chicago's hometown airline and the largest carrier at O'Hare, United is dedicated to operating sustainably and responsibly throughout our network and within the communities that our customers and coworkers call home," said Angela Foster-Rice, United's Managing Director of Environmental Affairs and Sustainability. "And, as an industry leader in green initiatives, we are excited to partner with the city and continue to innovate in our efforts to further reduce our environmental footprint."

We recently ranked number one among all global carriers in Newsweek's 2017 Global 500 Green Rankings, one of the most recognized environmental performance assessments of the world's largest publicly traded companies. In 2016, we also became the first U.S. airline to begin using commercial-scale volumes of sustainable aviation biofuel for regularly scheduled flights, marking a significant milestone in the industry by moving beyond demonstrations and test programs to the use of low-carbon biofuels for ongoing operations.

Additionally, we will continue to replace our eligible ground equipment and service vehicles with cleaner, electrically-powered alternatives, with nearly 40 percent of our fleet at O'Hare converted to date.

"These projects will help people breathe cleaner air," said EPA Region 5 Administrator Cathy Stepp. "Clean diesel grants also spur innovation and support jobs by helping to replace older, dirtier engines with newer, cleaner ones."

The conversion to new, environmentally friendly equipment follows a series of efforts by the CDA and its airlines partners to reduce emissions at both airports. The grant will help the CDA and its airline partners continue transitioning the existing ground support equipment fleet from fossil fuels to cleaner alternatives, which is now more than 25 percent alternatively fueled. The CDA has been awarded nearly $18 million in grant funding since 2011 to reduce emissions from cars, trucks, aircraft auxiliary power units, and aircraft support equipment.

United Cargo operates more than 11,000 cargo-only flights in one year

By The Hub team, March 19, 2021

On March 19, 2020, United operated its first flight carrying cargo without passengers on board. While the passenger cabin was empty, its cargo hold was completely full, carrying more than 29,000 pounds of commodities from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

A year later, United Cargo has operated more than 11,000 cargo-only flights carrying more than 570 million pounds of freight. To support the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts, United Cargo has also transported more than 113 million pounds of medical and pharmaceutical products on both cargo-only and passenger flights as well as approximately 10 million COVID-19 vaccines, providing global communities access to the items they have needed most.

10 tips for spring travel

By The Hub team, February 24, 2021

Whether you haven't flown with us for a while or just need a quick refresher before your spring trip, read this list of tips to know before your flight and arrive at the airport travel-ready:

1. Download the United app for contactless bag check, travel assistance and more

Before your flight, download the United app to view your flight status, check in, sign up for flight notifications, locate departure gates, access our free personal device entertainment when available and more. We've also updated our app with new features that can make your trip a little safer, including contactless bag check.

Don't forget to use Agent on Demand for help with any and all questions you may have before your flight. This new capability is available at all our U.S. hub airports and allows you to use your own mobile device to contact a customer service agent via phone, video or chat to help with day-of-travel questions while you're at the airport. Learn more about Agent on Demand here.

United joins UNICEF COVAX initiative

By The Hub team, February 19, 2021

This week, we were honored to become the first U.S. airline to join the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by transporting the vaccine and other critically needed supplies to underserved areas of the globe.

"We are committed to helping the global community in any way we can, and we all must work together to do our part to bring this health and humanitarian crisis to an end," said Director of Cargo Specialty Products Manu Jacobs.

We will leverage our expertise to transport these critical pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments around the world safely, efficiently and expediently. We are proud to partner with the United Nations to support this global effort and provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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