Climate Lobbying Principles
As part of the highly regulated global aviation industry, we advocate for climate change policies that will help us achieve our climate goals. This requires concerted efforts to commercialize the nascent SAF industry and support breakthrough innovations in aircraft design. Our climate change policy principles provide a foundation for our advocacy and ensure consistency in our position development process. As a basis for navigating policies across the global markets, we embrace internationally and nationally harmonized policies to prevent the inconsistent application of policies that may result in competitive market distortions or send conflicting market signals. U.S. law, for example, recognizes the need for national consistency in aircraft regulation and preempts state and local regulation.
Delta believes climate policy for the aviation industry should also be:
  1. Sector-specific but augmented by complementary policies to support our broader sustainability strategy (e.g., electrification of ground support equipment and operations);
  1. Preventative of revenue diversion for non-aviation climate mitigation purposes, ensuring we reinvest any revenue generated into this hard-to-abate sector and the diverse workforce it supports;
  1. Grounded in science to ensure GHG emissions reductions are maximized and realized in a manner designed to minimize increased costs for travelers;
  1. Performance-based, feedstock- and technology-neutral, recognizing the innovations needed to decarbonize our sector are not yet commercially available at scale;
  1. Supportive of the long-term capital investment necessary to sustain multi-decade aviation infrastructure and equipment commitments;
  1. Rooted in the need for operational safety, technological feasibility and economic reasonableness;
  1. Designed to drive efficiency in fleet procurement, fuel burn and air traffic operations; and
  1. Designed to incentivize rather than mandate a zero-carbon trajectory at the lowest cost (e.g., tax incentives, grants, R&D investment, voluntary opt-in), as there is no scalable market where SAF can compete on a level playing field with the on-road fuels market.