Committed to Sustainability
We are committed to Net-Zero carbon emissions by 2050. Our mission is to join arms to create a better world as the industry works to reach its sustainability goals.
The global aviation industry is a hard-to-abate sector, meaning it is innately difficult to decarbonize. We expect our path toward achieving this ambitious climate goal will include revolutionizing our fleet, investing in sustainable aviation fuel and creating operational improvements. Technological innovation, partnerships and coalitions will also be required to help us achieve our goals.
Our work doesn’t stop there. We are also committed to minimizing waste across the travel journey, electrifying our ground service vehicles and encouraging our suppliers to set net-zero goals of their own.
Our goal is to replace 10 percent of our jet fuel that is refined from fossil fuel with sustainable aviation fuel by the end of 2030. We have also started executing industry-leading sustainable fuel agreements with corporate customers to support a future of more sustainable business travel.
We focus on building our fleet to have the longest, most sustainable life possible to make the most of our planet’s resources. In 2022, we took delivery of 69 aircraft that were, on average, 25% more fuel efficient per seat mile than aircraft retired since 2019. As we continue this journey, we are partnering with aviation innovators to forge the path for the next century of flight.
We've made enhancements to our onboard offerings including bedding made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, reusable and biodegradable service ware and premium canned wine. These products will reduce onboard single-use plastic consumption by about 4.9 million pounds per year – roughly the weight of 1,500 standard-sized cars – and significantly increase our support of minority- and women-run businesses.
We are accelerating our efforts to build a more sustainable and people-first future. In Delta One® and Delta Premium Select, you will find artisan-made amenity kits from Certified B Corporation apparel brand Someone Somewhere. These handcrafted kits help reduce single-use plastic items such as zippers and packaging, reducing plastic use by up to 90,000 pounds on an annual basis.
Commitment to Transparency
Our 2022 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report offers the latest data and insight into our efforts to advance our purpose of connecting people with opportunity while expanding the understanding of the planet and the people within it.
Effective Aug. 1, Amelia DeLuca will return to Delta’s Global Sustainability team as Chief Sustainability Officer. Delta’s commitment to achieving net zero by 2050 through decarbonizing our airline operations remains a business imperative.
Delta displayed its sustainability strategy in action as part of the second annual SkyTeam Alliance Sustainable Flight Challenge. The challenge tests sustainable solutions as the company works toward net zero emissions by 2050 while delivering elevated, more sustainable travel experiences. These flights showcased the company’s strategy in action from the electric ground support equipment to reducing single-use plastic onboard and actions that reduce emissions.
Ground support equipment at Delta's hubs in Salt Lake City and Boston are nearly entirely powered with electricity, a huge step toward the airline's aspirational goal of a 100% net-zero ground operation around the world.
Delta will purchase up to 10 million gallons of neat SAF from Shell Aviation over a two-year period for use at its hub at Los Angeles International Airport. This will increase the global airline’s SAF commitments to over 200 million gallons – more than halfway to its goal of SAF comprising 10% of its fuel use annually by end of 2030*, and well on its way to 35% SAF use by 2035.
Delta’s Chief Sustainability Officer Pam Fletcher outlines the company’s bold strategy for achieving net zero-emissions and more sustainable travel by 2050, including scaling the sustainable fuel market, innovating for the fleet of the future, addressing single-use plastics and encouraging net-zero supply chains.