General Dynamics’ subsidiary Gulfstream Aerospace has launched a new service underlining its commitment to sustainability, which provides operators with the option to offset carbon emissions from their flights.
Participants in the scheme will pay an annual fee based on aircraft utilisation to fund projects and actions that generate an equivalent reduction in carbon emissions.
“This service responds to our customers’ growing commitment to sustainability and aligns well with our environmental strategy, which includes designing some of the quietest, most fuel-efficient aircraft in the industry and promoting and using sustainable aviation fuel,” said Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream. “Many of our operators want to leverage the benefits of business aviation in an eco-friendly way and this allows them to do so. Through their participation in this service, they can be part of the solution for meeting aviation’s goals for global emissions reduction.”
The company does not charge operators for administering its carbon offset service and there is no contractual commitment. Customers inform Gulfstream of their projected annual flight hours and are invoiced monthly; the fee received is then invested in environmentally friendly activities through a third-party provider.
“Our provider will report annually what projects the carbon offset funds are used for,” Burns continued. “These certified and verified projects that benefit the climate have included wind energy, forest management, farm power and recovery and utilisation of landfill gas.”
Gulfstream added that one carbon offset represents the reduction of one metric ton of greenhouse gas emissions. The company’s sustainability programme includes optimising aircraft, eco-friendly buildings, as well as the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
Gulfstream’s maintenance and completions facility in Long Beach, California in the US sells SAF to customers, which it uses for completions and delivery flights.
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