On Earth Day, Delta offsets most carbon emissions in single day for over 300K customers

Delta Air Lines has made this announcement:

Delta offsetting emissions for domestic flights in New York, Boston, Seattle, Los Angeles, Raleigh-Durham and Atlanta

  • ​In celebration of Earth Day, Delta is offsetting the emissions of over 300,000 customers
  • Delta will buy almost 50,000 carbon offsets today alone
  • Every offset Delta purchases today will benefit the Conservation Coast offset project, which provides environmental protection and sustainable economic opportunities for communities in Guatemala

In celebration of Earth Day today, Delta is offsetting the emissions of all domestic leisure and business travel into and out of New York, Boston, Seattle, Los Angeles, Raleigh-Durham and Atlanta for over 300,000 customers across the country.

Plantable seed paper cutouts shaped like airplanes will be distributed on these selected flights to let customers know the environmental impact of their flight has been offset and inspire them to offset additional travel on delta.com/co2. Once planted, this special paper airplane will sprout non-invasive wildflowers.

“Delta led the U.S. aviation industry by launching the first carbon offset program in 2007, making it easy for customers to reduce the environmental impact of their travel,” said John Laughter, Senior Vice President – Corporate Safety, Security and Compliance. “Delta is also the only major airline to voluntarily cap carbon emissions at 2012 levels by purchasing carbon offsets.”

Since 2013, Delta has voluntarily purchased over 12 million carbon offsets, which is equivalent to the emissions from 1.7 million cars or electricity use for one year in nearly 2 million homes. This is more than any other U.S. airline. Today alone, Delta will buy almost 50,000 carbon offsets. To put this in perspective, 50,000 offsets will equal the emissions from more than 10,000 cars driven for one year.

Delta’s carbon offsets to benefit Conservation Coast project in Guatemala

Every offset Delta purchases today will benefit the Conservation Coast offset project, which provides environmental protection from deforestation and sustainable livelihood opportunities for communities in Guatemala. These offsets will he​lp conserve over 400 bird species and 54,000 hectares of threatened rainforests situated along the Caribbean coastline of Guatemala.

The Conservation Coast project also supports sustainable livelihoods within local communities by teaching things like economically viable and environmentally sustainable agricultural practices that work with the environment rather than against it. To date, over 700 jobs are being supported by the project, 30 percent of which are held by women.

“At Delta, we believe connecting the world begins with caring for it,” said Laughter. “The offset projects we support are holistic, going beyond addressing the environmental impact of travel to provide resources, empowerment and financial opportunities to underserved communities like those involved in the Conservation Coast project.”

Offsetting is affordable. A roundtrip ticket from Atlanta to New York emits 0.28 metric tons of CO2, which can be offset for less than $5. To calculate the emissions associated with your trip and purchase carbon offsets for yourself, visit delta.com/co2.

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1 thought on “On Earth Day, Delta offsets most carbon emissions in single day for over 300K customers

  1. Steven St.Laurent

    I had to laugh when I read this article concerning CARBON CREDIT, which by the way is the second largest Ponzi scheme (federal reserves is still #1) in the world. This is the same airline that followed the embarrassing plastic straw caper from a state that is riddled in corruption. If Delta did its true research regarding the fabricated straw data from a nine year science project, they would not have put their necks out to be chopped off. Again, here is another wonderful embarrassment by Delta with this Ponzi scheme of carbon credit and claiming by money, one can offset your carbon footprint. Perhaps, it is one reason why I don’t use this airline for travel anymore.

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