Delta Air Lines commits $1billion to become world’s first carbon-neutral airline, with measures including ‘ambitious fleet renewal and using sustainable aviation fuel’
- Ten-year commitment to mitigate all emissions from March 2020 onwards
- The company’s strategy will reduce emissions across Delta’s business globally
- Efforts will drive innovation, clean air tech, emissions and waste reduction
Delta Air Lines is to commit $1billion (£768million) over the next 10 years in a bid to become the world’s first carbon-neutral airline.
The US-based carrier said that it will invest heavily in driving innovation in the clean air technology field and accelerate the reduction of carbon emission and waste as the global movement to cut carbon footprints in the travel industry continues.
‘When customers choose to fly Delta, they should feel they’re making a statement about taking care of our planet,’ Delta CEO Ed Bastian said. ‘Our commitment to carbon neutrality means flying with Delta represents far more than a great travel experience – it’s about joining arms to create a better world.’
Delta Air Lines is to commit $1billion (£768million) over the next 10 years in a bid to become the world’s first carbon-neutral airline. Pictured is a Delta plane at Maho Beach in Sint Maarten in the Caribbean
Delta said that the aviation industry accounts for around two per cent of the world’s global carbon dioxide emissions, with 98 per cent of its own emissions coming via its fleet of aircraft.
The company is set to tackle reducing its carbon footprint by decreasing the use of jet fuel and increase efficiency, as well as embark on an ‘ambitious’ fleet renewal program and the use of sustainable aviation fuels.
The strategy isn’t just for its airplanes – it intends to create new projects and methods to benefit local communities and other organisations who want to explore the same approach.
Delta also said it will investigate carbon removal projects via forestry, wetland restoration, grassland conservation, and marine and soil capture.
To afford this wholesale re-focus and to meet its ambitious goals, the airline intends to set up a dedicated fund that will invest in new, green tech and solutions.
The drive towards carbon neutrality follows Delta’s move to cap greenhouse gas emissions at 2012 levels voluntarily.
It also added more than 80 new aircraft last year that were 25 per cent more fuel-efficient than the ones they replaced.
Delta said it will investigate carbon removal projects via forestry, wetland restoration, grassland conservation, and marine and soil capture
‘There’s no challenge we face that is in greater need of innovation than environmental sustainability, and we know there is no single solution. We are digging deep into the issues, examining every corner of our business, engaging experts, building coalitions, fostering partnerships and driving innovation,’ Bastian continued.
‘We are on a journey, and though we don’t have all the answers today, we know that our scale, along with investments of time, talent and resources will bring meaningful impact to the planet and ensure the sustainability of our business for decades to come.’
This year, the airline was named America’s Most Sustainable Company in the aviation field by Barron’s financial news website.