Travellers shouldn’t have to choose between seeing the world and saving it. Delta’s vision is zero-impact aviation: air travel that does not damage the environment directly or indirectly via greenhouse gas emissions, noise, waste generation or other environmental impacts. Delta pledged to be carbon-neutral from March 2020.
In 2020, Delta retired over 200 older aircraft and replaced them with planes that are 25% more fuel-efficient. Retiring older aircraft and reduced passenger loads amid COVID-19 meant Delta’s fleet was nearly 6% more fuel-efficient per available seat mile in 2020 than in 2019, saving 117 million gallons of fuel. That’s equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 200,000 households.
Meanwhile, Delta is investing in sustainable aviation fuel with the medium-term goal to replace 10% of its jet fuel refined from fossil fuel with SAF by the end of 2030.