Delta Air Lines and BCD Travel USA LLC have signed the first-ever sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) agreement for a travel management company. The premier agreement helps address emissions from BCD employee travel and, as one of the largest travel management agencies in the world, bolsters the future of sustainability in the travel industry.
“With this partnership, we are seeing the entirety of the travel industry invested in creating a sustainable future for aviation,” said Amelia DeLuca, Delta’s Managing Director of Sustainability. “Travel management companies, especially those as globally focused as BCD Travel, are noting the importance of traveling sustainably. No one person or company or country alone can make the impact necessary to put our planet on a sustainable track for the future. This partnership is one way Delta is engaging major stakeholders driving toward their own goals of carbon neutral air travel, so we can make a real and lasting sustainable impact.”
This agreement represents a conceptual alignment within the travel industry to offset emissions from corporate traveler flights. This brings much-needed investment to the SAF market by building industry demand and SAF supply with the goal of decreasing the aviation industry’s reliance on conventional jet fuel.
“As one of the largest travel management agencies in the world, we are responsible for helping pave the way for the next generation of travel that helps improve the communities in which we live and work,” said Kathy Jackson, BCD’s Vice President and Executive Chair of Sustainability. “It’s part of our mission as a company to help people and companies travel smart and achieve more. And as we grow, we have an obligation to ourselves, our clients and our communities to do so sustainably.”
SAF is a critically important lever to reduce the life-cycle carbon emissions from aviation fuel. In its pure form, it can reduce life cycle carbon emissions up to 80 percent compared to petroleum-based jet fuel and is a key component in Delta’s commitment to becoming carbon neutral. The collaboration with BCD Travel continues to underscore the significant positive environmental impact that can be achieved through collaboration.
About Delta Air Lines
From being the first and only U.S. airline to voluntarily cap greenhouse gas emissions at 2012 levels to last year’s commitment to be the first carbon-neutral airline globally, Delta has a longstanding commitment to sustainable air travel. Delta was the No. 1 airline named among America’s Most Sustainable Companies by Barron’s in 2020, the only U.S. airline included in the 2021 S&P Global Sustainability Yearbook and has received the Vision for America Award by Keep America Beautiful and Captain Planet Foundation’s Superhero Corporate Award. Delta has also earned a spot on the FTSE4Good Index for six consecutive years and the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for ten consecutive years. For more information, visit Delta.com/sustainability.
About BCD Travel
BCD Travel helps companies make the most of what they spend on travel. We give travelers innovative tools that keep them safe and productive, and help them make good choices on the road. We partner with travel and procurement leaders to simplify the complexities of business travel, drive savings and satisfaction, and move whole companies toward their goals. In short, we help our clients travel smart and achieve more. We make this happen in 109 countries with a global client retention rate of 98%, the highest in the industry. For more information, visit www.bcdtravel.com.
About BCD Group
BCD Group is a market leader in the travel industry. The privately-owned company was founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen and consists of BCD Travel (global corporate travel management and its subsidiary BCD Meetings & Events, global meetings and events agency), Park ‘N Fly (off-airport parking) and Airtrade (consolidation and fulfillment). For more information, visit www.bcdgroup.com.