ATLANTA, Aug. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) has lowered its annual greenhouse gas emissions by 8.5 million metric tons, an 18.4 percent reduction since 2005. In its continued commitment to transparency, the airline has reported successful verification of its 2012 greenhouse gas emission inventories under The Climate Registry.

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"By measuring and verifying carbon emissions through The Climate Registry, we demonstrate accountability for our emissions, as well as a continued commitment to reduce Delta's overall carbon footprint through fleet renewal, reducing weight from our aircraft and implementing air traffic initiatives," said Ken Hylander, senior vice president – Corporate Safety, Security and Compliance. 

Delta's focus on third-party verification aligns with the data integrity component of the IATA resolution on the Implementation of the Aviation Carbon Neutral Growth 2020 Strategy, approved at the organization's annual general meeting in June 2013. Richard Anderson, Delta's CEO, is currently the Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors.

The airline has improved annual aircraft fuel efficiency by an average of 1.7 percent from 2009 to 2012, exceeding the International Air Transport Association's fuel-efficiency goal of 1.5 percent.

Delta also supports the greenhouse gas emissions goals of IATA and Airlines for America, including improving average annual fuel efficiency by 1.5 percent through 2020, stabilizing emissions with carbon-neutral growth from 2020 and reducing net emissions 50 percent by 2050, relative to 2005. 

Delta's initiatives to lower carbon emissions include:

  • Reducing its fleet of 50-seat regional jets with larger, more efficient mainline aircraft that produce fewer emissions per seat – Delta will retire 49 50-seat aircraft and add 28 larger aircraft including the Boeing 717 and Boeing 737-900 in 2013
  • Converting 35 pieces of ground support equipment from diesel to electric in a combined effort with the Environmental Protection Agency and the City of Atlanta's Center for Transportation and the Environment – an effort that will save an estimated 129,000 gallons of diesel and 575 tons of emissions year, totaling 11,500 tons over the life of the equipment
  • Implementing numerous initiatives to reduce fuel consumption on existing aircraft, including weight reductions, fuel management and working with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Transportation to continually improve the nation's air traffic control system and enable more fuel-efficient approaches and takeoffs

"Climate-registered organizations understand that there are both environmental and economic benefits to understanding and managing your carbon footprint," said David Rosenheim, executive director of The Climate Registry. "Delta has become part of a powerful community of Climate Registered organizations, with substantive data guiding and supporting its sustainable activities."

The Climate Registry is a non-profit organization with established standards for calculating, verifying and publicly reporting carbon footprints. In 2012, Delta became the first legacy carrier to join the registry with successful verification of its 2005-2011 emissions.

Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. Delta was named by Fortune magazine as the most admired airline worldwide in its 2013 World's Most Admired Companies airline industry list, topping the list for the second time in three years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 327 destinations in 63 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry's leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. Delta is investing more than $3 billion in airport facilities and global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on, Twitter @Delta, and

SOURCE Delta Air Lines

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