Flight Emissions Offsetting
Flexjet is the only private provider to include a comprehensive emissions offset (300% CO2e) at no additional expense on every flight, anywhere, so you can take to the sky while compensating for both carbon (CO2) and non-carbon (CO2e) pollutants.
Carbon represents just one-third of the emissions generated by the average private aircraft. That is why we are the first to include comprehensive emissions offsets at no cost to you as part of our innovative sustainability programme. One that goes further to account for all non-C02 emissions using verified credits that support many of the world’s most innovative projects.
Now more than ever, taking to the sky means sharing a heightened level of responsibility for the climate-altering chemicals released into our atmosphere with every departure. At Flexjet, our programme raises the bar by starting above where most others end.
Go Further in Your Pursuit
At Flexjet, our complimentary emissions offsets go beyond CO2 to neutralize the impact of nitrous oxides, aerosols, and more by offsetting your total emissions by 300 percent. For those interested in lowering or even reversing their impact, our sustainability programme makes it easy to support everything from direct emissions reductions to the development of sustainable flight technology.
The Flexjet sustainability programme is the result of our partnership with 4AIR, the first organization of its kind focused solely on private aviation. Offering multiple levels of participation, you can even opt to reduce your impact through the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Or, accelerate the pace of change by supporting research and development through the Aviation Climate Fund.
Aviation Fuel (SAF)
Choose SAF for a direct emissions reduction of 5% or more
SAF can be made from renewable sources like used cooking oil and municipal waste
SAF has powered over half a million flights in the last decade
If absent, SAF can be used where available while you own the credits
Contribute to the Aviation Climate Fund (ACF)
Become part of the solution through support for leading-edge research
The innovative ACF partners with top universities and research centres
ACF supports new flight-optimisation algorithms, operational mitigation of environmental impacts, and more
100% of contributions go toward furthering promising technology within aviation sustainability
Most notably, these include carbon dioxide (C02), but emissions also include sulphur oxides, particulate matter (soot), water vapours, and ozone-depleting substances such as nitrous oxides. Water vapours and soot can create contrails and induced cirrus cloudiness, creating a warming effect stronger than that generated by CO2.
Data shows half of all aviation emissions were introduced in the last 20 years despite improving fuel efficiency. In 2018, one billion metric tonnes of carbon were released by aviation for the first time. As access to air travel continues to grow, it is clear that if we are to meet the increase in global demand, we must simultaneously pursue emissions reductions and the development of sustainable aviation technologies. Otherwise, the freedom of mobility we enjoy will be greatly compromised.
C02 emissions refer to the release of greenhouse gases created by the burning of fossil fuels, from coal to gasoline. These gases trap heat, contributing to rising average temperatures that could lead to varying degrees of social, environmental, and economic consequences.
Not surprisingly, aircraft-related emissions have risen in the last two decades to include 16.3 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide (C02), enough to fill 366,000 Olympic-size swimming pools while weighing in 290-times heavier than the entire Great Wall of China. When including non-CO2 pollutants, aviation accounts for approximately 3.5% to 5% of total global emissions. Furthermore, private aviation specifically represents just 2% of all air-travel-related emissions.
By definition, a carbon offset is a verified reduction or avoidance of one metric ton of carbon dioxide. The process requires determining the total carbon footprint of a flight and offsetting it using independently verified carbon credits in an amount that neutralizes the total carbon released. Each credit contributes to a portfolio of sustainability projects and initiatives aimed at reducing global greenhouse gases.
The contributions made to projects on your behalf come in the form of CO2 credits verified by leading authorities such as the Verified Carbon Standard (Verra), Climate Action Reserve, and Gold Standard. Offsets are independently reviewed and purchased in an amount equal to your carbon or total emissions footprint before being permanently retired in a public registry. This registry ensures CO2 offsets are not double-counted and tracks offset production, ownership, and retirement.
Carbon represents just one-third of the climate-impacting emissions generated by the average private aircraft, which is neutralised as part of your complimentary offset. At the same time, non-CO2 materials like gases and aerosols magnify the overall climate impact of aviation. Using a specifically designed emissions index, the impact of non-CO2 emissions is converted into a CO2-equivalent amount – CO2e.
SAF refers to jet fuel produced from renewable sources rather than fossil-based materials like petroleum. Because more than 90% of aviation emissions result from the combustion of non-renewable jet fuel, SAF is already reducing our industry’s carbon footprint. SAF represents a safe “drop-in” fuel that can be safely introduced without requiring equipment or engine modifications. Today, SAF is required to be blended with conventional fossil jet fuel to meet the Jet A/A-1 specifications. Most often it is a 30/70 blend.
While sustainable aviation fuel supplies are ramping up and distribution is expanding by the day, it is still not consistently offered by most airports. A “book-and-claim” registry allows another traveler to utilize SAF where available while you claim the credit. This makes the creation and distribution of SAF as efficient as possible, maximizing global emissions reductions while minimizing transportation as availability grows.
As the first organization of its kind focused solely on private aviation, 4AIR possesses an exceptional project portfolio built on results-driven sustainability initiatives in place across the globe. In fact, 4AIR was the first to trade on the International Air Transport Association’s Aviation Carbon Exchange in support a renewable energy project in India. Most importantly, 4AIR’s multiple levels of participation make it easy to begin or even supplement your sustainable-living efforts.
Innovative Project Portfolio
The Mai Ndombe Redd+ Project
Democratic Republic of Congo
Alkumru Hydroelectricity Project
USAK Wind Farm Project
Florida N2O Abatement Project
United States of America
India Solar Energy Project
Malawi Improved Cookstove Project
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