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Aircraft Load Agent Thomas Tuikolovatu plugs in an electric bag tractor for charging at Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC).
Aircraft Load Agent Thomas Tuikolovatu plugs in an electric bag tractor for charging at Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC). Photo courtesy of Delta.

Delta’s Environmental, Social, and Governance report for 2022 (PDF) was released on May 2nd, 2023. It showcases examples of the airline’s commitment to creating a safer, fairer, and more inclusive workplace that portrays the communities it serves while advancing toward a more sustainable future.

“As our business soared toward recovery in 2022, we never lost sight of our goals to support the communities where we live, work and serve. Our global team of more than 90,000 rose to the occasion, reconnecting millions with their loved ones while making great progress in our pursuit of a more sustainable and equitable world.”

CEO, Ed Bastian

Delta, along with much of the US airline industry, recognizes that sustainability is a crucial aspect of creating a healthier world for businesses, people, and global communities. To achieve this goal, the airline has implemented a sustainability strategy with two pillars — embedding sustainability into all aspects of its operations and progressing towards eliminating its climate impact from flying. This strategy is bolstered by aspirational targets for 2050, as well as setting milestones to measure progress along the way. In the 2022 report, Delta highlighted strides it made last year including:

  • Meeting its goal to electrify 25% of eligible Ground Support Equipment. Core fleets in Boston and Salt Lake City hubs are nearly 100% electric.
  • Saving 10 million gallons of fuel thanks to the work of Delta’s Carbon Council that focused on fuel efficiency improvements across the operation from drag and weight reduction initiatives to flight routing and speed optimization.
  • Reducing onboard single-use plastics by approximately 4.9 million pounds per year while elevating the onboard experience with more sustainable options like bamboo cutlery.
  • Announced a partnership with Joby Aviation to revolutionize the customer experience in the next few years with all-electric home-to-airport service by air.

Building a more sustainable and inclusive business is a long-term goal for Delta Air Lines, and they have been sharing Corporate Responsibility Reports since 2009. For the current information on Delta’s ESG progress, go to delta.com/about.

Editorial Note: Information and opinions articulated in this article are solely those of the author’s, not those of a credit card company, bank, airline or hotel chain. This article has not been reviewed or approved by or otherwise endorsed by any of these companies or organizations.

Miles Junkie covers airline miles, hotel points and credit card earning program information and travel in general with an eye towards ethical & eco-conscious exploration.

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