Making the Most of Our Idle Time
Idling engines waste fuel and add to air pollution. Recently, Southwest’s Ground Support Equipment Team saw an opportunity to save fuel and reduce emissions by turning off truck engines while airplanes are being cleaned and stocked with snacks and drinks.
So in 2015 and 2016, the Team began installing idle reduction technology on provisioning trucks, which use gasoline or diesel engines to transport and lift supplies to airplanes between flights. The engines previously remained idling for up to 20 minutes per flight.
With more than 200 trucks retrofitted with this technology, Southwest can save over 300,000 gallons of fuel per year,1 according to Larry Laney, Director of Ground Support. That equates to over 2,800 metric tons of CO2e.
“It’s surprising how much fuel we’re saving,” said Larry. “It goes to show that small steps can really add up.”