Fueling a Sustainable Airline
Why Delta's promise to connect the world begins with caring for it:
From executives to frontline employees, Delta people across the globe are committed to the communities where they work and the world, they live in.
Delta is committed to producing significant, measurable results as a part of its industry-leading sustainability strategy to maintain carbon-neutral growth, reduce waste, and engage customers and employees around environmental stewardship.
Being a good corporate citizen is key to the Delta culture. Here are just some of the airline’s sustainability efforts:
- Lowering our carbon footprint
Delta was the first U.S. airline to offer carbon offsets to customers and is the only major airline to voluntarily cap carbon emissions at 2012 levels by purchasing carbon offsets
Customers wishing to offset their travel can visit delta.com/co2 to estimate their carbon emissions and invest in carbon offset projects themselves.
- Reducing and recycling waste
Delta was the first U.S. airline to recycle aluminum cans, plastic bottles and cups, newspapers and magazines from aircraft and has recycled more than 3 million pounds of aluminum from onboard waste — equivalent to 22 Boeing 747s — over 10 years.
Funds from Delta’s program are turned into homes for families in need in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.
Delta launched its new uniform in May 2018. Instead of creating landfill waste, retired uniforms were donated to people in need, recycled or transformed into new, upcycled products through Delta's partnership with Looptworks.
Meanwhile, Delta is continuing the removal of a variety of single-use plastic items, including stir sticks, wrappers and straws from its aircraft and Delta Sky Clubs.
- Engaging employees and communities
In 2018, Delta’s sustainability team championed the creation of Green Up, an employee-led business resource group that establishes sustainability ambassadors throughout the company.
In a little more than 12 months, over 3,000 employees have signed up — including Delta's CEO, Ed Bastian — to lead the sustainability charge in their stations and workgroups, and that number continues to grow.
Find out more about Delta’s commitment to sustainability here.