Delta Air Lines Launches Worldwide Carbon Offset Program For Customers, To Make Donation To The Conservation Fund On Behalf Of All Customers Traveling On Earth Day


WEBWIRE – Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Delta Air Lines is partnering with The Conservation Fund, a leading environmental nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting land and water resources, to become the first U.S. airline to help its customers give back to the environment by buying trees to help offset carbon emissions associated with air travel. To kick off the program, Delta is making a donation to The Conservation Fund for every customer taking a Delta mainline or Delta Shuttle flight on Earth Day, April 22, and is pledging a commitment to plant a tree for each of the airline’s 47,000 employees.

Beginning June 1, customers who purchase a ticket online at delta.com will have the option to contribute toward the offset of carbon emissions associated with air travel through a donation to The Conservation Fund. Contributions of $5.50 for a domestic roundtrip flight and $11 for an international roundtrip flight will be used by The Conservation Fund to plant trees throughout the U.S. and abroad. A small portion of the donation also supports the organization’s education and outreach efforts.

“Many of Delta’s customers and employees worldwide are passionate about and committed to social responsibility with environmental stewardship as an important area where they can make a difference,” said Jim Whitehurst, Delta’s chief operating officer. “In support of that, we are pleased to become the first and only U.S. carrier to offer a program that allows customers to help promote positive global environmental change through carbon offsets.”

Added Conservation Fund President Larry Selzer: “We applaud Delta’s leadership for its commitment to help offset the carbon footprint of its travelers on Earth Day. Climate change has emerged as one of the dominant environmental issues of our time, and Delta’s industry-leading efforts to address this challenge, and its invitation to its customers to join in this initiative, serve as a model for corporate environmental stewardship in the 21st century.”

The newly planted forests will help to absorb carbon dioxide, filter water, restore wildlife habitat and enhance public recreation areas. As the program grows, Delta will invite its employees and customers to participate in ceremonial tree plantings in select cities worldwide.

“Many of Delta’s employees live and work in my District,” said Congressman David Scott (GA-13), a member of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy and Research. “I applaud Delta for moving forthrightly to affect positive environmental change by launching the first carbon offset program offered by an American airline. Once again, with today’s announcement, Delta further demonstrates an unmatched level of corporate commitment to protecting the environment and supporting a high quality of life for the communities of its employees and well beyond.”

Delta’s new program is just one of the airline’s efforts to affect positive environmental change. Some of the airline’s ongoing programs include:

* Fuel conservation/recycling initiatives such as weight reduction
efforts, engine washes, engine refurbishment, the institution
of continuous descent approaches and industry leadership in single
engine taxis with more than 25 million gallons of fuel saved in
2006 alone;
* A water consumption reduction system designed to reduce water
consumption by 50 percent at the airline’s Technical Operations
Center (TOC). For its efforts to date, Delta received The Fox
McCarthy Water Wise Award and recognition from the Georgia
Association of Water Professionals;
* The incorporation of over 600 electric vehicles and other types
of electric ground support equipment into the airline’s fleet --
all with zero emissions. Significant reductions in emissions have
been achieved by converting internal combustion engines to zero
emission electric units; and,
* Promoting a next generation Air Traffic Control (ATC) system --
both in Europe and in the United States -- that affords more direct
aircraft routing and subsequently results in the reduction of
carbon emissions associated with air travel.

Delta’s partnership with The Conservation Fund is the latest addition to “Delta’s Force for Global Good” -- a program that unites Delta employees and customers in support of philanthropic and socially responsible efforts throughout the world. The program leverages Delta’s global network of employees who volunteer, as well as assets of Delta’s charitable foundation, The Delta Foundation, to support the communities where Delta customers and employees live and work worldwide. The Conservation Fund is Delta’s Force for Global Good’s newest partner. Delta launched the campaign last December in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) with the airline’s first international build in the township of Katlehong in Johannesburg, South Africa. This month, Delta employees took part in a two-day build in Brooklyn, New York. Delta’s Force for Global good is planning additional builds in Ghana and India later this year.



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