Caring for the Planet Means Caring for Its People

The work of an airline is about connecting people with communities, with experiences and with each other. As a purpose-driven airline, we're committed to doing our part to make the world a much better place to live. It's a mission we embrace both as a corporation and, even more powerfully, as 80,000 individuals living and serving across the world.

Changing How We Fly with Tomorrow in Mind

Jet fuel is the No. 1 contributor to our carbon footprint and the chief focus of our efforts to reduce our emissions and manage our environmental impact.
Building a more efficient fleet
We focus on building our fleet to have the longest, most sustainable life possible to make the most of our planet’s resources. Over the past year, we’ve introduced 84 new aircraft – like the state-of-the-art A220 – to our fleet that are 25% more fuel-efficient than the models that are being replaced.
Reducing emissions through Carbon Offsets
Carbon offsets reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, which lowers greenhouse gas levels – the primary culprit for global warming and climate change. Our carbon offset program directly supports projects like the Conservation Coast – a 54.000 hectare conservation that provides sustainable livelihoods for local communities.

Partner with us to offset the environmental impact of your flight by protecting forests and supporting communities.

Alternative fuels, sustainable future
Fuel efficiency and carbon-neutral growth alone are not enough to address the risks of global climate change. To help take the next step, we’re using biofuels and carbon offsets to take 20 carbon-neutral delivery flights of the A321 aircraft.

Addressing Climate Change

fuel-efficient aircraft
With purchase commitments for 168 new, fuel-efficient aircraft over the next 2 years, older, less-efficient models will be phased out.
carbon-neutral growth
We’ve voluntarily purchased over 12 million carbon offsets for carbon-neutral growth since 2012.
Lowering emissions
With electric ground vehicles and fuel-efficiency gains, emissions have been reduced 11% since 2005. Our goal – cut emissions in half by the year 2050.

Improving Our Environment by Reducing Our Impact

We continually assess all aspects of our waste handling operations to minimize what we send to landfills and identify opportunities for material reuse and recycling.
Reducing Single-Use Plastics
We’re removing single-use plastic items from our aircraft and Sky Clubs, including stir sticks, wrappers, utensils, and straws, replacing them with reusable and compostable alternatives. Earlier this year we updated the TUMI amenity kits to remove the plastic outer wrap, and in the process diverted over 30,000 pounds of plastic waste from landfills in one year.
Making the most of recyclable materials
We were the first U.S. airline to recycle cans, newspapers, magazines and plastic bottles and cups from aircraft. Over the past 10 years, Delta has recycled more than 3 million pounds of aluminum from onboard waste – equivalent to 22 Boeing 747s – and as an added benefit, recycling proceeds have funded construction of 12 homes out of the 260+ we’ve built through Habitat for Humanity.

Waste Reduction Highlights

plastic waste reduction
The move to eco-friendly materials onboard and in Delta Sky Clubs has eliminated 300,000 pounds of plastic waste annually.
air and ground recycling
The onboard and ground recycling programs combined to salvage 1.345 tons in 2018 alone.
upcycling impact
350,000 pounds of material were saved from landfills with the 2018 uniform upcycle initiative.

News Feed

As part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability, Delta Air Lines is investing $2 million to partner with Northwest Advanced Bio-fuels, LLC for the feasibility study of a biofuel production facility to produce sustainable aviation fuel and other biofuel products.

The sustainable aviation fuel, expected to be produced in a facility in Washington State, could be used in Delta operations at stations in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles. NWABF's project would utilize wood residue deposits and wood slash lying on forest floors to produce the biofuel, which would qualify under an approved carbon-reducing pathway recognized by the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM). NWABF plans first delivery of the fuel by the end of 2023.

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Delta und die Joint-Venture-Partner Air France, KLM und Virgin Atlantic gleichen mehr als 1.800 Tonnen CO2-Emissionen aus, die auf von Delta, Air France, KLM und Virgin Atlantic durchgeführten Flugabschnitten nach und ab Chicago entstehen, wenn Fluggäste im Rahmen der GBTA Convention 2019, der wichtigsten jährlichen Versammlung von Reisevertriebs- und Servicefachkräften weltweit, nach Chicago reisen.

„Wir wissen, dass Nachhaltigkeit für jedes Mitglied der Delta-, Air-France-, KLM- und Virgin-Atlantic-Familie wichtig ist, einschließlich tausender Geschäftsreisender, die täglich beruflich mit uns fliegen“, sagt Bob Somers, Senior Vice President – Global Sales von Delta. „Dieser Emissionsausgleich steht symbolisch für unsere anhaltende Verpflichtung zur Nachhaltigkeit und für unser Langzeitziel, unsere CO2-Emissionen bis 2050 um 50 Prozent zu reduzieren.“

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Die neuesten A321 in der Flotte von Delta unternehmen heute ihren Jungfernflug – vollständig klimaneutral. Es sind die ersten klimaneutralen Flüge Deltas in der anhaltenden Verpflichtung zu Nachhaltigkeit.

Delta hat sich mir Air BP zusammengetan, um die ersten 20 Auslieferungsflüge ab der Airbus-Endmontagelinie in Mobile, Alabama, mit Biotreibstoff zu versorgen. Die Biotreibstoffe werden aus nachhaltigen Quellen und Verfahren gewonnen. Der erste Flug geht von Mobile, Alabama, nach Kansas City, wo die letzten Arbeiten abgeschlossen werden, bevor das Flugzeug den Betrieb für Deltas Kunden im weitreichenden Inlandsstreckennetz aufnimmt.

„Der heutige klimaneutrale Auslieferungsflug ist ein Meilenstein in Deltas Fortschritt im Bereich Nachhaltigkeit. Wir bemühen uns, die Kohlenstoffemissionen bis 2050 um die Hälfte zu reduzieren“, sagt Alison Lathrop, Managing Director – Global Environment, Sustainability and Compliance bei Delta. „Wir freuen uns über die Zusammenarbeit mit Air BP und Airbus, die uns dabei unterstützen, Emissionsausgleiche und Biotreibstoff für die Auslieferungsflüge bereitzustellen. Wir suchen nach Möglichkeiten, um diesen Grad an Nachhaltigkeit bei allen künftigen Auslieferungsflügen zum Standard zu machen.“

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