Continental Announces Carbon Offsetting Program With Sustainable Travel International

Part of a 'company-wide commitment'

Continental is committed to promoting environmental responsibility within its culture and to reducing its environmental impacts, and has been recognized numerous times for its commitment to environmental responsibility. The carrier has received two awards from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and two awards from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for environmental efforts. Additionally, in 2007, FORTUNE magazine named Continental as one of ten "Green Giants," corporations whose environmental policies go beyond what is required.

In order to minimize the impact on the environment from its fleet and ground service equipment, Continental will continue to invest in the most effective technology and operating procedures feasible. In addition to the substantial reduction in emissions and fuel consumption from aircraft, Continental has reduced by approximately 75 percent nitrogen oxide emissions from ground equipment at the carrier's largest hub, in Houston , through switching to electric ground service equipment and other new technology. This technology is now being tested for use in cold climates.

Through these investments and other projects, including the construction of airport facilities in an environmentally responsible manner, the testing of alternative fuels in ground service equipment, and an expansive recycling program, Continental will continue to manage the environmental impact of its business.

Additional information on Continental's commitment to the environment, and about Continental's carbon offsetting program through Sustainable Travel International, is available at under "About Continental" > "Commitment to the Environment."

Sustainable Travel International ( is a US-based non-profit organization whose mission is to promote sustainable development and responsible travel by providing programs that help travelers and travel-related companies protect the environmental, socio-cultural and economic values of the places they visit, and the planet at large. Sustainable Travel International introduced carbon offsetting and custom carbon calculators into the North American travel and tourism industry.

Continental Airlines is the world's fifth largest airline. Continental, together with Continental Express and Continental Connection, has more than 3,100 daily departures throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, serving 144 domestic and 138 international destinations. More than 580 additional points are served via SkyTeam alliance airlines. With more than 45,000 employees, Continental has hubs serving New York, Houston , Cleveland and Guam , and together with Continental Express, carries approximately 67 million passengers per year. Continental consistently earns awards and critical acclaim for both its operation and its corporate culture.

For the fourth consecutive year, FORTUNE magazine named Continental the No. 1 World's Most Admired Airline on its 2007 list of World's Most Admired Companies. Continental was also named the No. 1 airline on the publication's 2007 America's Most Admired airline industry list. Additionally, Continental again won major awards at the OAG Airline of the Year Awards including "Best Airline Based in North America " for the fourth year in a row, and "Best Executive/Business Class" for the fifth consecutive year. For more company information, visit

SOURCE Continental Airlines

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