Delta Air Lines said on Friday that it is committing $ 1 billion toward becoming the first carbon-neutral airline. The 10-year pledge will focus on improving jet efficiency and reducing fuel use as well as investing in carbon removal.
Delta said the airline industry accounts for about 2% of global carbon dioxide emissions. It noted that about 98% of the company’s emissions are from its aircraft.
The carrier said it wants to reduce the use of jet fuel by making its aircraft more fuel efficient as well as investing and developing sustainable aviation fuel. It plans to study carbon removal opportunities through techniques such as forestry, wetland restoration and pasture conservation.
As consumers are growing, commitment is decreasing Opening their wallet For products and services that are considered sustainable.
“When customers choose to fly Delta, they should feel that they are making a statement about taking care of our planet,” Delta CEO Ed Bastian said in a statement.
Delta said it added 80 new aircraft in 2019 which are 25% more fuel efficient than the aircraft they replaced.
Delta is not the only airline promoting stability. JetBlue earlier this yearOn some of their flights, as well as purchasing carbon offsets to cancel emissions from their domestic flights.