Delta's new ad highlights pledge to become carbon-neutral

New film from Wieden+Kennedy supports brand's $1 billion commitment to reaching its environmental goal 

Published On
Sep 14, 2021

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In March of last year, Delta announced its plan to become the first carbon-neutral airline on a global basis, committing $1 billion over the next 10 years to fuel efficiency, carbon capture, forestry and other carbon reduction projects that will offset all the company’s greenhouse gas emissions. The company is also voluntarily capping its emissions at 2012 levels.

A contemplative new spot from Wieden+Kennedy features scenes of people in nature, travelers, hikers and unspoiled places, showcasing the benefits of seeing the world. That’s juxtaposed with the impact of air travel, which as a whole is responsible for 2% of global emissions. Delta's carbon footprint brings its largest environmental impact, with 98% of its emissions coming from its aircraft. 

Viola Davis, who narrated Delta work pre-pandemic, returns for the voiceover. “We believe you shouldn’t have to choose between seeing the world and saving it,” she says, laying out the central tension for the brand’s customers—an attempt to shift the conversation away from air travel’s portrayal as a necessary evil in modern society (and sometimes not necessary at all).

The spot is running on NBCU properties including Peacock, Telemundo and the "Today Show," as well as on podcast platforms, social and on The New York Times, Lonely Planet and HuffPost Black Voices sites.

The airline is just the latest brand to tout its environmental bona fides. Earlier this year, campaigns from Ikea, Tide and Adidas each pushed a green message, and car companies like GM have pledged to eliminate gasoline-fueled cars from their fleets.