Delta commits $1 billion to carbon neutral plans

16 Février, 2020, 15:22 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Call it covering your carbon footprint tracks Delta Air Lines

Similarly, Jet Blue announced plans to go carbon neutral for United States flights last month.

In announcing its sixth straight annual more than $1 billion profit sharing package, Bastian said Delta would be "nothing without our 90,000 people worldwide".

Delta's play: Spend at least $1 billion over the next decade 1) buying carbon offsets and 2) investing in more efficient planes, greener fuel sources, and carbon capture tech to become the first carbon neutral USA airline.

Airlines specifically account for roughly 2% of global carbon dioxide emissions, and many have set plans to achieve carbon neutral growth from 2020. "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", said Delta CEO Ed Bastian in a statement accompanying Friday's announcement.

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As for the $1 billion, it's not yet clear how the the monies will be allocated. That'll focus on clean technological investments for engines and carbon removal, he added.

The airline industry is in something of a bind when it comes to going green. And, for now, no new jet engine technology has emerged that offers significantly more fuel-efficiency than what's currently in use. "The time is now to accelerate our investments and establish an ambitious commitment that the entire Delta team will deliver".

Of course, the real-world impact of the initiative remains to be seen.

Though Bastian stressed the company won't rely on carbon-offset programs, though it has purchased some in the past. "We need to be investing in projects that make a difference", he said.

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