Caring for the Planet Means Caring for Its People

The work of an airline is about connecting people with communities, with experiences and with each other. As a purpose-driven airline, we're committed to doing our part to make the world a much better place to live. It's a mission we embrace both as a corporation and, even more powerfully, as 80,000 individuals living and serving across the world.

Changing How We Fly with Tomorrow in Mind

Jet fuel is the No. 1 contributor to our carbon footprint and the chief focus of our efforts to reduce our emissions and manage our environmental impact.
Building a more efficient fleet
We focus on building our fleet to have the longest, most sustainable life possible to make the most of our planet’s resources. Over the past year, we’ve introduced 84 new aircraft – like the state-of-the-art A220 – to our fleet that are 25% more fuel-efficient than the models that are being replaced.
Reducing emissions through Carbon Offsets
Carbon offsets reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, which lowers greenhouse gas levels – the primary culprit for global warming and climate change. Our carbon offset program directly supports projects like the Conservation Coast – a 54000 hectare conservation that provides sustainable livelihoods for local communities.

Partner with us to offset the environmental impact of your flight by protecting forests and supporting communities.

Alternative fuels, sustainable future
Fuel efficiency and carbon-neutral growth alone are not enough to address the risks of global climate change. To help take the next step, we’re using biofuels and carbon offsets to take 20 carbon-neutral delivery flights of the A321 aircraft.

Addressing Climate Change

fuel-efficient aircraft
With purchase commitments for 168 new, fuel-efficient aircraft over the next 2 years, older, less-efficient models will be phased out.
carbon-neutral growth
We’ve voluntarily purchased over 12 million carbon offsets for carbon-neutral growth since 2012.
Lowering emissions
With electric ground vehicles and fuel-efficiency gains, emissions have been reduced 11% since 2005. Our goal – cut emissions in half by the year 2050.

Improving Our Environment by Reducing Our Impact

We continually assess all aspects of our waste handling operations to minimize what we send to landfills and identify opportunities for material reuse and recycling.
Reducing Single-Use Plastics
We’re removing single-use plastic items from our aircraft and Sky Clubs, including stir sticks, wrappers, utensils, and straws, replacing them with reusable and compostable alternatives. Earlier this year we updated the TUMI amenity kits to remove the plastic outer wrap, and in the process diverted over 30,000 pounds of plastic waste from landfills in one year.
Making the most of recyclable materials
We were the first U.S. airline to recycle cans, newspapers, magazines and plastic bottles and cups from aircraft. Over the past 10 years, Delta has recycled more than 3 million pounds of aluminum from onboard waste – equivalent to 22 Boeing 747s – and as an added benefit, recycling proceeds have funded construction of 12 homes out of the 260+ we’ve built through Habitat for Humanity.

Waste Reduction Highlights

plastic waste reduction
The move to eco-friendly materials onboard and in Delta Sky Clubs has eliminated 300,000 pounds of plastic waste annually.
air and ground recycling
The onboard and ground recycling programs combined to salvage 1345 tons in 2018 alone.
upcycling impact
350,000 pounds of material were saved from landfills with the 2018 uniform upcycle initiative.

News Feed

As part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability, Delta Air Lines is investing $2 million to partner with Northwest Advanced Bio-fuels, LLC for the feasibility study of a biofuel production facility to produce sustainable aviation fuel and other biofuel products.

The sustainable aviation fuel, expected to be produced in a facility in Washington State, could be used in Delta operations at stations in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles. NWABF's project would utilize wood residue deposits and wood slash lying on forest floors to produce the biofuel, which would qualify under an approved carbon-reducing pathway recognized by the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM). NWABF plans first delivery of the fuel by the end of 2023.


達美航空及其合資企業合作夥伴法國航空、荷蘭皇家航空以及維珍航空,將鎖定15000多個在2019 GBTA會議期間往返芝加哥的達美航空、法國航空、荷蘭皇家航空以及維珍航空的客機航段,針對這些航班所產生超過1800公噸的碳排放購買碳補償,這個一年一度的會議將吸引全球的商旅專業人士前往參加。

「我們知道對達美航空、法國航空、荷蘭皇家航空及維珍航空的每一位成員來說,永續經營是非常重要的課題,這對我們每天合作的對象,以及每天服務的企業和商務旅客來說,也是非常重要的議題。」達美全球銷售資深副總裁Bob Somers如此表示。 「這些碳補償措施象徵著我們對於永續經營的承諾,以及我們要在2050年前減少50%碳排放的長期目標。」



達美航空與Air BP合作,在空巴位於阿拉巴馬州莫比爾最後組裝線交機的前20架運輸客機中使用了生物燃料,這些航機都是利用可持續使用的材料和流程來製作與改善。 第一個航班將從阿拉巴馬州莫比爾出發,飛往位於堪薩斯城的機房,並在那裡完成最後的檢測,之後便可在廣大的國內航線網絡正式服務達美航空的顧客。

達美航空全球環境、永續性和合規性部門經理Alison Lathrop表示:「今天碳平衡運輸客機為達美航空的永續環保歷程奠下里程碑,我們將持續努力,致力在2050年前將碳排放減半。 我們很高興能和Air BP與空巴合作,利用生物燃料和碳補償作為這些運輸客機的動力來源,未來我們也將繼續努力尋找機會,將這樣永續性元素擴大至所有的運輸客機。」



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Note: Delta has been publishing annual Corporate Responsibility Reports (CRRs) since 2009. To request a CRR prior to 2016, please contact sustainability@delta.com