U.S.-based airline Delta and professional services firm Deloitte announces a new agreement, aimed at enabling more sustainable business travel. Under the terms of the agreement, Deloitte will purchase sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) facilitated by Delta, covering a portion of Deloitte’s business travel.

Joe Ucuzoglu, Deloitte’s U.S. CEO, said:

“Delta’s continued focus on sustainability, especially during a pandemic that has severely impacted its business, speaks volumes. By collaborating with Delta to increase the use of sustainable aviation fuel, Deloitte is proud to positively impact our carbon footprint while investing in a more sustainable future.”

SAF is seen as one of the key tools for the aviation industry to address its emissions impact, with CO2 emissions reductions of up to 80% over the fuel’s life cycle with the potential to reach 100% in the future, according to the Air Transport Action Group, U.S. Department of Energy and several other scientific studies. SAF is generally produced from sustainable resources, like waste oils and agricultural residues, or even from carbon captured from the air, rather than from fossil fuels.

According to Delta and Deloitte, the new agreement will enable emissions reduction of approximately 1,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.

Delta stated that it has entered into a separate SAF supply agreement with Neste, the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel and SAF made from waste and residue raw materials, to power its agreement with Delta.

Delta CEO Ed Bastian said:

“We must work together toward a more sustainable, healthy future. This collaboration with Deloitte is one example of how companies can work together to meet goals we are equally passionate about. Sustainability is core to who we are, and it is important to our corporate customers for whom air travel is a significant part of their carbon footprint.”