Delta Airlines to open net zero lab

It will focus on bringing new green technologies to the commercial market for the aviation sector

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Delta Airlines has announced the opening of a new lab, dedicated to the development of sustainable and low carbon technologies.

The research lab will be based in Atlanta, Georgia, with work on making aircraft more energy efficient, upping the use of electrified goods and sustainable aviation fuels (SAF).

Delta is looking to partner with other companies and scientists to develop technologies for market that are not yet commercially available – utilising both hydrogen and renewable energy.

It has also made the decision to retire its Boeing 777 planes for A350s – which it alleges are 20% more fuel efficient.

The company is looking to collaborate with experts to push the net zero agenda forward, with Chief Sustainability Officer Pam Fletcher stating: “We’re rolling out the welcome mat for disruptors of choice to take advantage of Delta’s global resources to accelerate our path to decarbonisation and a fully sustainable travel experience.”

Delta has pledged to hit net zero by 2050 and reduce its emissions from jet fuel by 45% by 2035.