Attending to the Planet

During peak travel season, we operate more than 4,000 flights a day. These flights are supported by a Team of more than 60,000 Southwest Cohearts in destinations throughout the United States and surrounding regions. The size and scale of our operations present us with an exciting opportunity. Every single improvement we make in energy efficiency, waste reduction, or conservation is amplified by the size of our business. By acting as good environmental stewards, we can take meaningful steps to preserve the Planet for current and future generations.

Key Accomplishments

Nearly 50%

We have improved jet fuel efficiency by nearly 50 percent on a revenue ton mile (RTM)8585) A revenue ton mile (RTM) is one ton of revenue traffic (passenger and cargo) transported one mile. basis since 2000.

 

2,426 tons

In 2019, we recycled
2,426 tons of material,
an effort that directly reduces our impact on landfills.

It’s no secret Southwest has a Heart for the Planet and works hard on our conservation efforts—helping to protect the environment for future generations to come. Our Purpose and Vision drive us to do right by the environment and respect our natural resources. As part of those efforts, there is a continued focus on developing and maintaining a sustainable supply chain. We are proud of our accomplishments to date and strive for even more. We know doing the right thing is about being good environmental stewards, and what is good for our business is also good for our Planet.
—Stacy Malphurs, Vice President Supply Chain Management
Key Topic

Energy Use

We believe that what works well for Southwest can also work for our Planet. We’re always working to bring energy efficiency at Southwest to new heights, because using energy wisely helps us in a myriad of ways: we can save money by using fewer natural resources, serve our Customers by keeping our fares low, and help protect our Planet for generations to come. It’s an obvious choice for us that we can do well, by doing good.8686) The 2019 Southwest Airlines One Report contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Specific forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements related to (i) the Company’s Vision; (ii) the Company’s financial position, outlook, plans, strategies, goals, targets, and projected results of operations, including factors and assumptions underlying the Company’s projections; (iii) the Company’s operational initiatives and related plans and expectations, including with respect to technology and fleet initiatives; (iv) the Company’s other initiatives, including hiring, diversity, Rapid Rewards, safety, fuel, and environmental and sustainability initiatives and related plans and expectations; (v) the Company’s network plans, expectations, and opportunities; (vi) the Company’s expectations with respect to fuel efficiency, including factors and assumptions underlying the Company’s expectations; (vii) the Company's plans, expectations, and priorities in connection with the return of the MAX to service; and (viii) the Company’s fleet plans and expectations. These statements involve risks, uncertainties, assumptions, and other factors that are difficult to predict and that could cause actual results to vary materially from those expressed in or indicated by them. Factors include, among others, (i) the impact of fears or actual outbreaks of disease or pandemics, changes in consumer behavior, economic conditions, governmental actions, extreme or severe weather and natural disasters, fears of terrorism or war, actions of competitors, fuel prices, consumer perception, and other factors beyond the Company's control, on consumer behavior and the Company's results of operations and business decisions, plans, strategies, and results; (ii) the Company's dependence on Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration with respect to the timing of the return of the 737 MAX to service and any related changes to the Company's operational and financial assumptions and decisions; (iii) the Company’s dependence on other third parties, and the impact on the Company’s operations and results of operations of any third party delays or non-performance; (iv) the Company's ability to timely and effectively implement, transition, and maintain the necessary information technology systems and infrastructure to support its operations and initiatives; (v) the Company’s ability to timely and effectively prioritize its initiatives and related expenditures; (vi) the impact of labor matters on the Company’s business decisions, plans, and strategies; and (vii) other factors, as described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the detailed factors discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, and in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2020.

Smart Investments
Smart Investments

Southwest has invested more than $620 million in fuel efficiency improvements since 2002.
Fuel and Flight Planning Initiatives
Fuel and Flight Planning Initiatives
Through our fuel and flight planning initiatives, we saved over 7 million gallons of fuel in 2019.
Key Topic

Waste

At Southwest, we don’t think that blindly throwing away resources is a smart (or financially prudent) way to conduct business. We take a careful, considerate approach to waste management, and seek to repurpose, reuse, and recycle resources as much as possible. Whether on the ground or in the air, our Heart for the Planet prompts us to try to always do more with less—preserving our Planet’s finite natural resources and minimizing the amount of waste we generate.

Limiting e-Waste
Limiting e-Waste
In 2019, we recycled or refurbished more than 247 tons of electronic waste.
Landfill Diversion
Landfill Diversion
Since 2016, we upcycled over 1 million pounds of leather seat covers.
Key Topic

Environmental Stewardship

Southwest runs on Teamwork. While we recognize and celebrate individual Employees, we believe it’s the sum of our People that truly makes Southwest great. When it comes to conservation, we similarly believe that citizenship requires a Team effort. We partner with organizations we believe can help us increase our impact on our world, promoting natural resource preservation and conservation for generations to come.

Southwest was named
Partner
of the Year

by EcoRise.
Southwest supported more than
40 conservation projects
nationwide in 2019, in partnership with the Student Conservation Association (SCA).
Over 1M
Pounds of seat covers repurposed through our Repurpose with Purpose initiative since 2016.

Looking Forward9595) The 2019 Southwest Airlines One Report contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Specific forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements related to (i) the Company’s Vision; (ii) the Company’s financial position, outlook, plans, strategies, goals, targets, and projected results of operations, including factors and assumptions underlying the Company’s projections; (iii) the Company’s operational initiatives and related plans and expectations, including with respect to technology and fleet initiatives; (iv) the Company’s other initiatives, including hiring, diversity, Rapid Rewards, safety, fuel, and environmental and sustainability initiatives and related plans and expectations; (v) the Company’s network plans, expectations, and opportunities; (vi) the Company’s expectations with respect to fuel efficiency, including factors and assumptions underlying the Company’s expectations; (vii) the Company's plans, expectations, and priorities in connection with the return of the MAX to service; and (viii) the Company’s fleet plans and expectations. These statements involve risks, uncertainties, assumptions, and other factors that are difficult to predict and that could cause actual results to vary materially from those expressed in or indicated by them. Factors include, among others, (i) the impact of fears or actual outbreaks of disease or pandemics, changes in consumer behavior, economic conditions, governmental actions, extreme or severe weather and natural disasters, fears of terrorism or war, actions of competitors, fuel prices, consumer perception, and other factors beyond the Company's control, on consumer behavior and the Company's results of operations and business decisions, plans, strategies, and results; (ii) the Company's dependence on Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration with respect to the timing of the return of the 737 MAX to service and any related changes to the Company's operational and financial assumptions and decisions; (iii) the Company’s dependence on other third parties, and the impact on the Company’s operations and results of operations of any third party delays or non-performance; (iv) the Company's ability to timely and effectively implement, transition, and maintain the necessary information technology systems and infrastructure to support its operations and initiatives; (v) the Company’s ability to timely and effectively prioritize its initiatives and related expenditures; (vi) the impact of labor matters on the Company’s business decisions, plans, and strategies; and (vii) other factors, as described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the detailed factors discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, and in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2020.

  • Continue
    Repurposing Program
    Stay tuned for new ways we are enhancing our "Repurpose with Purpose" initiative as we increase the volume of repurposed items and materials.
  • Introduce
    Sustainable
    Aviation Fuel
    We've committed to purchase three million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel per year, once it becomes available.
  • Deepen Partner Relationships
    We will continue to collaborate with various organizations as we work toward our environmental goals and focus areas.

Planet Data Table

Five Year Summary
Environmental Impacts
 20192018201720162015
Total energy consumption (megawatt-hours (MWh))81,119,46381,128,55879,203,01177,366,03273,688,161
Production activity (revenue ton miles (RTMs))9696) A revenue ton mile (RTM) is one ton of revenue traffic (passenger and cargo) transported one mile.13.3 billion13.5 billion13.0 billion12.6 billion11.9 billion
Intensity ratio (MWh/1,000 RTMs)9797) A revenue ton mile (RTM) is one ton of revenue traffic (passenger and cargo) transported one mile.6.126.036.086.136.20
Water consumption (gallons)9898) Water consumption is primarily for domestic use at our facilities.95 million99 million85 million83 million 80 million
Intensity ratio (gallons/Employee)9999) Active, full-time equivalent Employees as of Dec. 31 for specific calendar year.Nearly
1,600
Nearly
1,700
More than 1,500More than 1,500More than 1,600
Greenhouse Gas Inventory (Scope 1 and Scope 2 Emissions)
 20192018201720162015
Scope 1 emissions (metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e))100100) Emissions from refrigerant losses are not included in our emissions inventory due to their de minimis impact on our overall emissions.20,532,32320,537,71020,148,91019,664,62218,731,062
Scope 2 emissions (metric tons of CO2e) 44,78346,97251,63453,26448,810
Total Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions (metric tons of CO2e)20,577,10620,584,68220,200,54419,717,88618,779,872
Intensity ratio (metric tons CO2e/1,000 RPMs)101101) A revenue passenger mile (RPM) is one paying Passenger flown one mile. Also referred to as “traffic,” which is a measure of demand for a given period.0.1570.1540.1570.1580.160
Intensity ratio (metric tons CO2e/1,000 ASMs)102102) An available seat mile (ASM) is one seat (empty or full) flown one mile. Also referred to as “capacity,” which is a measure of the space available to carry Passengers in a given period.0.1310.1290.1310.1330.134
Intensity ratio (metric tons CO2e/1,000 RTMs)103103) A revenue ton mile (RTM) is one ton of revenue traffic (passenger and cargo) transported one mile. 1.551.531.551.561.58
Greenhouse Gas Inventory (Scope 3 Emissions)
 20192018201720162015
Capital goods—production of aircraft (metric tons CO2e)104104) Decrease in capital goods Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions due to halting of new Boeing 737 MAX deliveries. 27 4,70068,50062,90043,60026,500
Waste generated in operations—waste to landfill and burned for energy recovery (metric tons CO2e)2,2002,1001,9002,7002,400
Employee commuting—estimate based on survey (metric tons CO2e)105105) Calculation methodology has been revised to more accurately reflect commuting profiles for Pilots and Flight Attendants. Employee commuting Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions for 2015 through 2018, have been restated to reflect the revised calculation methodology.
151,400147,200137,600137,200119,000
Other Air Emissions106106) NOx and SOx emissions are reported in our annual emissions inventories for our DAL and PHX facilities. Data is from prior year due to air emissions reporting cycle.
 20192018201720162015
NOx emissions (tons)7.16.87.17.17.1
SOx emissions (tons)0.70.70.70.70.7
Regulatory Compliance
 20192018201720162015
Number of environmental violations resulting in fines1NoneNone16
Total environmental fines $ 1,305$ — $ —$ 3,303$ 7,497
Environmental Conservation
 20192018201720162015
Fuel efficiency (ASMs/gallon)107107) An available seat mile (ASM) is one seat (empty or full) flown one mile. Also referred to as “capacity,” which is a measure of the space available to carry Passengers in a given period. 75.776.375.274.473.9
Fuel efficiency (RPMs/gallon)108108) A revenue passenger mile (RPM) is one paying Passenger flown one mile. Also referred to as “traffic,” which is a measure of demand for a given period. 63.263.763.162.561.8
Fuel efficiency (RTMs/gallon)109109) A revenue ton mile (RTM) is one ton of revenue traffic (passenger and cargo) transported one mile. 6.46.46.46.36.3
Total number of electric
Ground Support Equipment (GSE)
1,4121,3041,2151,1381,074
Purchases of renewable energy certificates (kWh)More than
25 million
More than
25 million
More than
25 million
More than
25 million
More than
25 million
Waste Management and Recycling110110) Waste and material recycled from aircraft and select facilities as part of Southwest’s waste management and co-mingled recycling programs. Data is not available for all locations where Southwest operates. Does not include international flights due to regulations that require waste from international flights to be sterilized.
 20192018201720162015
Total waste generated (tons) 9,31010,5999,8589,69011,135
Total waste recycled (tons) 2,4263,7573,7373,3484,148
Percent of total waste recycled 2635383537
Recycled co-mingled waste—paper, plastic, aluminum, and cardboard (tons)Nearly
1,600
Nearly
3,000
More than 3,000More than 2,600More than 3,700
Recycled industrial waste (tons) 584568730721631
Hazardous waste generated (tons) 27.429.221.624.125.1
Hazardous waste managed through recycling and beneficial reuse (tons)22.320.617.216.118.9
Intensity ratio (pounds of hazardous waste generated/aircraft)7378616771