Atlanta USA-based Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) said ti has lowered its annual greenhouse gas emissions by 8.5m metric tons for an 18.4% reduction since 2005.
The airline has reported successful verification of its 2012 greenhouse gas emission inventories under The Climate Registry.
Delta said its 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 organisation´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% from 2009 to 2012, exceeding the International Air Transport Association´s fuel-efficiency goal of 1.5%.
Delta also supports the greenhouse gas emissions goals of IATA and Airlines for America, including improving average annual fuel efficiency by 1.5% through 2020, stabilising emissions with carbon-neutral growth from 2020 and reducing net emissions 50% by 2050, relative to 2005.
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 and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 327 destinations in 63 countries on six continents.
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