Delta Invests $2 Million in Biofuels Study   

Carbon offsets

As part of Delta’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, the airline has invested $2 million for a feasibility study of a biofuel production facility in partnership with Northwest Advanced Bio-fuels, LLC (NWABF).  The sustainable aviation fuel and other biofuel products could be used in Delta operations at stations in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Based in Washington State, the NWABF project would use wood residue deposits and wood slash lying on forest floors to produce the biofuel. This would have additional environmental benefits by reducing wood residuals in forests, which can increase potential fire hazards and inhibit future tree growth.

In July, Delta flew the first of 20 carbon-neutral new aircraft delivery flights from the Airbus final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama, utilizing biofuels and carbon offsets in coordination with Air BP.

  • Delta has been named to the FTSE4Good Index for five consecutive years and the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index nine consecutive years.
  • Here are just some of the airline’s ongoing sustainability efforts:
  • Since 2005, Delta has reduced its jet fuel consumption, leading to an 11 percent decrease in emissions.
  • Delta was the first and only U.S. airline to voluntarily cap carbon emissions at 2012 levels by purchasing carbon offsets ahead of the ICAO CORSIA implementation, which caps international emissions at 2019/2020 levels. 
  • Delta is the first U.S. airline to recycle aluminum cans, plastic bottles and cups, and newspapers and magazines from aircraft, accounting for the recycling of more than 3 million pounds of aluminum from onboard waste.
  • Delta has removed single-use plastic items including stir sticks, wrappers, utensils and straws from its aircraft and Delta Sky Clubs.
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