Southwest Airlines

Sustainability Report and Carbon Intensity Rankings

Is Southwest Airlines doing their part?

Their DitchCarbon score is 16

Southwest Airlines has a DitchCarbon Score of 16 out of 100, indicating a low performance in sustainability measures. This score suggests that the airline has a high carbon intensity relative to industry benchmarks. The company may need to implement more effective strategies to reduce its carbon footprint and improve its sustainability efforts.

This was calculated based on 30+ company specific emissions data points, the higher the score, the better. Check out our methodology.

Industry emissions intensity

Very low




Very high

Southwest Airlines operates within the aviation industry, which has a carbon intensity ranking of very high. Some industries are more damaging than others, this ranking gives you an indication of how carbon intensive the industry is which this company operates in.

Location emissions intensity

Very low




Very high

Southwest Airlines, based in the United States, operates in a region with a low carbon intensity rating. This suggests that the company’s sustainability efforts are supported by the country’s relatively lower environmental impact from energy production.

...this company is doing 2.55% better in emissions than the industry average.

Southwest Airlines, founded in 1971 and headquartered in Dallas, is a major player in the aviation industry in the United States. The company is renowned for its commitment to connecting people with what matters most in their lives, offering a range of flight services that emphasize customer satisfaction. With a focus on fostering a diverse and innovative workplace, Southwest Airlines prides itself on its unique culture and the competitive edge it brings to the industry.

Bad news, Southwest Airlines hasn't committed to SBTi goals yet

Southwest Airlines has not yet established specific commitments with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). This means the company is still in the process of defining clear, science-based emissions reduction targets to align with global efforts to mitigate climate change.

There’s always room for improvement,

DitchCarbon recommends...

Southwest Airlines should undertake a thorough assessment of all Scope 1 emissions sources to identify and quantify their direct greenhouse gas outputs.
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Our methodology

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