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Delta Air Lines, one of the major carriers of the United States, has announced that starting 1 March, 2020, it commits $1 billion to reduce its carbon footprint and become the first carbon neutral airline worldwide over the next decade.
Aviation accounts for roughly 2% of global carbon dioxide emissions. Delta admits there is no one solution to decrease this number. Only taking small steps towards great heights stable and long-lasting results could be achieved.
The ambitious goal the airline set will be achieved through different initiatives, including “fleet renewal program, improved flight operations, weight reduction, and increased development and use of sustainable aviation fuels”.
Apart from going cleaner up in the air, the carrier revealed it will implement sustainability projects for the airline’s operations on the ground as well. Also, Delta is ready to fund various research programs and support the environmental projects “that go beyond the airline’s current commitments”.
“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,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s CEO.