Delta commits to becoming world's first carbon neutral airline

Delta commits to becoming world's first carbon neutral airline

Delta Air Lines announced Friday that it will invest $1 billion over the next decade in an effort to become the world's first carbon neutral airline.

The company said it will invest in technology that removes carbon emissions from the atmosphere, as well as wetland restoration and grassland conservation.

“The time is now to accelerate our investments and establish an ambitious commitment that the entire Delta team will deliver," Ed Bastian, Delta’s CEO said.

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The overwhelming majority of Delta's carbon emissions come from its aircraft, so part of the company's plan is to decrease its use of jet fuel while increasing the efficiency of flights through an "improved flight operations, weight reduction, and increased development and use of sustainable aviation fuels."

Delta did not say when it hopes to achieve carbon neutrality. The Hill has reached out to Delta for comment.

The airline's announcement comes two days after oil giant BP announced its goal of being carbon neutral by 2050.

Progressive lawmakers in the U.S., however, have argued that action is needed much sooner to combat the effects of climate change. The Green New Deal, a proposal introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezWhat the coronavirus reveals about the race grievance industry Democrats struggle to keep up with Trump messaging on coronavirus Overnight Health Care: Global coronavirus cases top 1M | Cities across country in danger of becoming new hotspots | Trump to recommend certain Americans wear masks | Record 6.6M file jobless claims MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyDemocratic senators question Google over decision to release coronavirus location data Why being connected really matters for students On The Money: Trump officials struggle to get relief loans out the door | Dow soars more than 1600 points | Kudlow says officials 'looking at' offering coronavirus bonds MORE (D-Mass.), aims to achieve across-the-board carbon neutrality in the U.S. by 2030.