Delta Air Lines commits $ 1 billion to become the world’s first CO2 neutral airline, with measures such as ‘ambitious fleet renewal and the use of sustainable jet fuel’
- Ten years of commitment to reduce all emissions from March 2020
- The company’s strategy will reduce emissions from Delta’s activities worldwide
- Efforts will stimulate innovation, clean air technology, emissions and waste reduction
Delta Air Lines will commit $ 1 billion (£ 768 million) in the next 10 years in an effort to become the world’s first CO2 neutral airline.
The US-based airline said it will invest heavily in promoting clean air technology innovation and accelerating the reduction of CO2 emissions and waste as the global movement to reduce the carbon footprint in the travel industry continues.
“If customers choose to fly with Delta, they should feel like they are making a statement about taking care of our planet,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian. “Our commitment to CO2 neutrality means that flying with Delta is much more than a great travel experience – it’s about joining the poor to create a better world.”
Delta Air Lines will commit $ 1 billion (£ 768 million) in the next 10 years in an effort to become the world’s first CO2 neutral airline. Depicted is a Delta aircraft on Maho Beach in Sint Maarten in the Caribbean
Delta said the aviation industry is responsible for around two percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, with 98 percent of its own emissions coming from the aircraft fleet.
The company is ready to reduce its carbon footprint by reducing the use of aircraft fuel and increasing efficiency, as well as an “ambitious” program for fleet renewal and the use of sustainable aircraft fuels.
The strategy is not just for aircraft – it is planning to create new projects and methods for the benefit of local communities and other organizations that want to explore the same approach.
Delta also said it will investigate carbon removal projects through forestry, wetland restoration, grassland conservation, and sea and soil capture.
To make this large-scale reorientation possible and to achieve the ambitious goals, the airline plans to set up a special fund that will invest in new, green technology and solutions.
The pursuit of carbon neutrality follows Delta’s step to voluntarily limit its greenhouse gas emissions at the 2012 level.
It also added more than 80 new aircraft last year that were 25 percent more fuel-efficient than the ones they had replaced.
Delta said the research will do carbon removal projects through forestry, wetland restoration, grassland conservation, and sea and soil capture
“There is no challenge for us that needs more innovation than ecological sustainability, and we know there is no single solution. We delve into the problems, investigate every corner of our company, involve experts, build coalitions, stimulate partnerships and stimulate innovation, ‘Bastian continued.
“We are traveling and although we do not have all the answers today, we know that our scale, along with investments in time, talent and resources, will have a significant impact on the planet and will ensure the sustainability of our company for decades.” ”
This year the airline was named America’s most sustainable aviation company Barron’s financial news website.