Delta Air Lines announced last week that the carrier is committing $1 billion to become a carbon neutral airline. If it can achieve this goal, it will be the first airline in the world to reach this status. The airline industry accounts for only two percent of all carbon emissions in the world. The CEO of Delta stated the carrier would like to contribute to reducing this figure as it is anticipated that air travel will continue to expand over the next decade.

Delta firmly believes that air travel helps the world stay connected both on a personal and business level. However, the company believes with conviction that it also has a responsibility to the environment.

Delta has been purchasing carbon offsets to help reduce its impact on the environment. Going forward, the airline is planning to invest in additional types of research and programs with this $1 billion to make a larger positive impact on the environment. This will be done over a period of 10 years.

At this time, newer engines have helped reduce the carbon impact, and the airline has stopped the use of all single-use plastics. Delta has also begun investing in biofuel, but it is hard to come by and takes a significantly long time to develop. Delta is hoping to achieve a reduction in emissions through the development of newer technologies as well as the implementation of new practices such as single-engine taxiing.

The airline has not stated specifically what types of programs and technologies it is looking to invest in at this time besides dropping hints about its intention to drive innovation, advance clean air technologies. speed up the reduction of carbon emissions and waste, establish new projects that aim to mitigate the balance of emissions.

Adam Luehrs is a contributing writer at GET.com based in California. He likes traveling to new and exciting destinations, preferably on his credit card company's dime. When not on the road, Adam enjoys hiking around the mountains of San Diego, trying out new food and reading history books. Email: adam.luehrs@get.com.