Delta Cargo adds SAF programme

By Damian Brett

Photo: Delta Cargo

Delta Cargo has become the latest company to launch a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) programme as airlines continue their drive to reduce emissions.

The new SAF programme, which is part of the wider airline group’s ‘Path to Net Zero’ initiative, is certified and audited by greenhouse gas accounting firm Ruby Canyon Environmental and is International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) certified.

“The programme also offers flexible purchase options to make it easy for customers to purchase SAF and achieve their sustainability goals,” Delta Cargo said.

“Through customised contributions to the Delta Cargo SAF programme, freight forwarders and shippers can attain their sustainability goals.”

The company said that in 2020 it became the first carbon neutral airline on a global basis – committing to carbon neutrality from March 2020 onward, balancing its emissions with investments to remove carbon from its global operations.

Delta also recently joined the First Movers Coalition, which aims to accelerate and scale the development of breakthrough technologies and fuels, helping hard-to-abate sectors, like aviation, reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“This partnership is the latest in a series of commitments that Delta has made to achieve its sustainability goals, which include agreeing to set science-based targets in line with the Paris Agreement and joining the United Nation’s global Race to Zero campaign,” the airline said.

“These commitments compliment the company’s existing 10% SAF procurement goal by the end of 2030, ensuring that half of our SAF comes from feedstocks that achieve the lowest lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions.”

The last few years have seen a range of airline’s cargo divisions launching SAF programmes.

Most recently, IT hardware firm Lenovo has signed up to use the “carbon neutral” freighter service offered by DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo.

In other Delta Cargo news, the carrier recently announced it would temporarily adjust domestic capacity to “ensure that we can meet” customer service performance expectations.

Delta Cargo adjusts domestic capacity

Lenovo signs up with DB Schenker and Lufthansa for SAF flights

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