Climate Action

Delta Air Lines invests $1 billion in cutting carbon emissions

Delta will commit $1 billion over the next ten years to mitigate all emissions from its global businesses going forward.

  • 18 February 2020
  • Rachel Cooper

Delta will commit $1 billion over the next ten years to mitigate all emissions from its global businesses going forward.

From March 2020, the airline will invest in driving innovation, advancing clean air travel technologies, accelerating the reduction of carbon emissions and waste, and establishing new projects to mitigate the balance of emissions.

Ed Bastian, Delta’s CEO, said: “There is no substitute for the power that travel has to connect people, which our world needs today more than ever before. As we connect customers around the globe, it is our responsibility to deliver on our promise to bring people together and ensure the utmost care for our environment,”

“The time is now to accelerate our investments and establish an ambitious commitment that the entire Delta team will deliver.”

The aviation industry accounts for roughly 2 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions. Delta’s carbon footprint is its largest environmental impact, with 98 percent of emissions coming from its aircraft.

To drive towards a sustainable future, Delta will look at three key areas, carbon reduction, removal and looking at stakeholder engagement.

To reduce carbon emissions the company will focus on ambitious fleet renewal program, improved flight operations, weight reduction, and use of sustainable aviation fuels.

To remove carbon emissions from the atmosphere the company will invest in innovative projects and technology and investigate carbon removal opportunities through forestry, wetland restoration, grassland conservation, marine and soil capture, and other negative emissions technologies.

To engage stakeholders, Delta will build coalitions with employees, suppliers, global partners, customers, industry colleagues, and investors to advance carbon reduction and removal goals and maximize their global impact.

2020 will see several milestones that demonstrate Delta’s progress and commitment to become a global leader in the aviation industry.

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