Delta will spend more than $100,000 this week to offset greenhouse gas emissions from flights to and from Las Vegas, Nevada,media reported. The move is aimed at reducing the environmental impact of people’s participation in CES. From 7 to 10 January, 170,000 people from 160 countries are expected to attend the event.
To make these flights carbon neutral, Delta will use the money to plant trees and help farmers in Kenya and Uganda grow crops in a more sustainable way. For now, the company is investing in a project called The International Small Group and Tree Planting Program, which says it has planted more than 19 million trees since 1999.
Delta’s announcement comes after JetBlue became the first airline to commit to making all its domestic flights carbon neutral from July. Both airlines are responding to concerns about how flights are exacerbating the climate crisis. Teenager climate activist Greta Tenberg has previously chosen to take a train or boat to the United Nations climate talks. Currently, 2% of the world’s CO2 emissions come from aviation, a figure that is expected to continue to rise. According to a report by the nonprofit International Council, emissions in the industry have increased by 32 per cent in the past five years alone.
Delta Air Lines, one of the world’s largest airlines, is also turning to more fuel-efficient aircraft, and it has pledged to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050.