Delta Air Lines has announced its plan to go carbon neutral by 2030 and has decided to spend USD 1 billion over the next ten years to reduce climate footprint. The world’s second-largest airline said it will invest in driving innovation and sustainable aviation fuels to reduce emissions throughout its supply chains. The airline will also update its fleets with more fuel-efficient planes and work wetland and forestry projects to remove carbon from the atmosphere. Emphasizing the power of travel in connecting people around the globe, Delta CEO Ed Bastian said that it is their responsibility to take the utmost care for our environment. “World needs to connect today more than ever before and this is the time to accelerate our investments for ambitious commitment,” Bastian said.
Delta’s announcement to tackle carbon reduction comes amid the ‘flight shame’ phenomenon. People are becoming more aware of how much carbon dioxide their air travel generates. Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg recently gave up air trail and sailed during her globe-crossing climate activism expeditions. Bastian said the company doesn’t want its customers to choose between their travel experience and the impact it would have on the blue planet. At present, 2.4 per cent of total global carbon dioxide emissions are from air travel. A data by the International Council on Clean Transportation suggest that some 744 kg of the greenhouse gas is emitted from a flight on a roundtrip between New York and San Francisco. This is a lot of emissions when you will get to know that the average person in more than 51 countries produces less than that in an entire year.
USD 1 billion allocated for the purpose is just like a drop in the bucket as this is only 3 per cent of the company’s total earning in the last decade. The announcement by Delhi comes at a time when the airline has paid USD 1.6 billion in profit sharing to its thousands of employees. However, the airline is facing some heat for lacking proper detail and accountability. It has become a trend these days for big companies to advertise big goals to reduce carbon footprint. Recently, petroleum giant BP put a target of reducing its carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050.