How Delta is mapping a path to zero impact aviation - Stakeholder Engagement and Coalition Building
At Delta, we believe customers shouldn’t have to choose between seeing the world and saving it.
STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT AND COALITION BUILDING
Charting a path to a greener future needs everyone on board. That’s why Delta is working with travel partners, like-minded brands, sustainability experts and customers to create partnerships and education opportunities that support the airline’s mission to deliver zero impact aviation.
Delta seeks to engage investors, customers and employees on this journey toward zero-impact aviation. To ensure all stakeholders see the results of their engagement, the company is making transparency the cornerstone of its approach— which it intends to demonstrate through best-in-class reporting, collaboration across industries and exceptional fund management.
Delta has executed industry-leading SAF agreements with corporate customers to take collective action for the greater good of our planet. NIKE, Inc. and Deloitte, Delta’s first and second corporate customers to purchase SAF facilitated by Delta, are supporting a future of more sustainable business travel.
One company alone cannot solve this challenge, making partnerships critical. To broaden the availability of alternative fuels and carbon capture technology, Delta aims to build coalitions with suppliers and other industry participants to drive down the cost and increase the consumption and production of these transformative technologies.
The airline is taking advice and guidance from leading experts like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Industrial Liaison Program. This will offer a better understanding of the impacts and enable collaboration on solutions to help Delta follow the right path to carbon neutrality.
Other partnerships include those with sustainably-minded brands. These will offer opportunities to co-invest in sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) and offset emissions from business travel.
Since last March, Delta has worked with leaders inside and outside the aviation sector to shape its plans and will announce multiple partnerships in the second quarter. One example is its membership in MIT’s Industry Liaison Program, which has helped Delta understand and quantify aviation’s environmental impacts and inform a long-term plan to support industry innovation.