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Delta Airlines Chief Executive Ed Bastian says the company will be "fully carbon-neutral" starting March 1.

Delta Airlines Chief Executive Ed Bastian says the company will be "fully carbon-neutral" starting March 1, according to CNBC.

Delta has pledged over $1 billion over the next 10 years towards the reduction of its environmental impact. The company will focus this funding on clean technological investments for carbon-based engines and other carbon removal technology.

"There's no greater challenge that I know of that we need to be investing in and innovating in as environmental sustainability," Bastian said. However, the company will still purchase and operate its airplanes with large amounts of jet fuel.

Airlines are responsible for about 2 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions. "We will continue to use jet fuel for as far as the eye can see," Bastian said. "We'll be investing in technologies to reduce the impact of jet fuel, but I don't ever see a future where we'll eliminate jet fuel from our footprint."

Delta Airlines Chief Executive Ed Bastian says the company will be "fully carbon-neutral" starting March 1.

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