Fuel efficiency initiatives are directly linked to our ability to maintain a

Fuel efficiency initiatives are directly linked to

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Fuel efficiency initiatives are directly linked to our ability to maintain a low-cost advantage in the airline industry. We have invested more than $590 million in fuel efficiency improvements since 2002, including adding winglets to our aircraft, engine washes, use of ground power at airport gates, and reduced ground idle speeds. All of our Boeing 737-800 and 737 MAX 8 aircraft have split-scimitar winglets installed to reduce air resistance, resulting in additional savings of 1.7 million gallons of fuel and 16,679 metric tons of CO 2 e in 2017 compared with 2016. We also continued our fleet modernization program in 2017. Updating our aircraft helps us be more fuel efficient. 1 Energy Use | Pushing Innovation in Fuel Efficiency We have invested more than $590 million in fuel efficiency improvements since 2002, including aircraft winglets, engine washes, use of ground power at airport gates, and reduced ground idle speeds. 2017 Southwest Airlines One Report 82 Performance People GRI Content Index About the Report Planet
Energy Use | Pushing Innovation in Fuel Efficiency 2017 Southwest Airlines One Report 83 Performance People GRI Content Index About the Report Planet
Load-Shedding: Managing Energy Consumption at Our Headquarters in Dallas Responsible Power Use Every day, thousands of Customers rely on Southwest to carry out our Purpose: connecting People to what’s important in their lives through friendly, reliable, and low- cost air travel. While our Employees are known for their friendliness and Hospitality, Reliability and affordability usually depend on actions that occur behind the scenes, away from the public eye—such as our energy load- shedding program at our Headquarters in Dallas. Energy Usage and the Local Grid During the summer, energy consumption in the Dallas area spikes when temperatures rise. Spikes in energy use can max out the region’s power grid, leading to greater risk of brownouts or service disruptions. And companies that use large amounts of power during peak times often pay much more for energy year-round. Load-Shedding Through our energy load-shedding program, we’ve implemented a system that benefits the planet, the local power grid, and Southwest by reducing our energy consumption. Using a brand-new network of connected energy meters and smart controls, we are able to automatically turn down equipment in our buildings that consumes large amounts of energy when our system senses a usage spike on the grid. Through our energy load-shedding program, we’ve implemented a system that benefits the planet, the local power grid, and Southwest by reducing our energy consumption. “Most people understand energy use in terms of a house or an apartment complex, where you can reduce energy use by turning off a light or two,” explains Matt Lowe, Southwest’s Corporate Facilities Building Manager. “When you’re talking about a facility with over 1.75 million square feet, things get a little bit more complicated. You have to know exactly which equipment you can turn off, and for how long.” The program focuses on equipment like rooftop chillers

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