Virgin America publicly reports verified greenhouse gas emissions and data on fuel consumption for all of its domestic flights, with the aim of staying on track to reduce emissions and keeping operations as green as possible. All emissions are independently verified by a third party using the standards set by the Climate Registry, and the numbers include flights, corporate operations, and ground services. By keeping track of this data, the airline monitors its own progress toward key sustainability goals.
Virgin established its baseline carbon footprint in 2008, the first year that it achieved full operations. Since then, it has publicly reported its fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
As it continues to grow in both fleet size and passenger traffic, the airline continually seeks out new opportunities for reducing its carbon footprint, such as the carbon offset program offered in collaboration with Carbonfund.org. Using the in-flight entertainment system to purchase carbon offsets, Virgin customers have collectively mitigated more than 7 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.
In 2008, David Pflieger led Virgin America to become the first US airline to register its greenhouse emissions. With assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency, Virgin America reported its emissions on the Climate Registry. In addition, Pflieger facilitated a partnership with the Carbon Fund to enable passengers to buy carbon offsets.
About David Pflieger
David Pflieger - Senior Airline Executive