With hundreds of private jets set to land in Switzerland as the World Economic Forum opens in Davos this week, business aviation firms are using the annual conference to slam critics against the industry. I’m trying to provide some contrasts to answer. Most critics completely or mostly ignore the industry’s efforts to reduce emissions. In 2021, the industry has committed to net zero CO2 emissions by 2050. His first promise to cut CO2 emissions by 50% dates back to 2009.
“The wealthy and powerful are flocking to Davos in private jets to discuss the global economy and the climate behind closed doors. Winter temperature records are being broken across Europe. Private jets are the most polluting mode of transportation. Yes, and it’s very unfair that a select few can travel: Greenpeace’s Lorelei Limousine says that while the most vulnerable will bear the brunt of climate change’s harm, enormous amounts of carbon dioxide will be produced. Carbon-emitting, the EU must ban private jets and unnecessary short flights to start tackling the climate crisis in a fair way.This week, the group promotes the hashtag #banprivatejets. Recently, theme park heiress Abigail Disney stepped up her campaign against the segment by tweeting, “Private jets are cancer.”
Civil aviation accounts for only 2% of total aviation carbon emissions, and aviation accounts for only 2.1% of overall anthropogenic carbon emissions. In other words, his private jet is emitting his 0.04% of the world’s anthropogenic carbon footprint. However, industry is using the Davos meeting to highlight how individual travelers can contribute to reducing emissions. Jet Aviation’s Zurich location provides participants with sustainable aviation fuel through its Book & Claim programme. Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) reduces aviation CO2 emissions by up to 80%. Book & Claim allows flyers to purchase her SAF even where SAF is not available.
Jet Aviation President David Paddock said: Book & Claim enables everyone in and out of Davos to support sustainability and grow the market for sustainable aviation fuel. ”
So how does the Book & Claim work? According to the Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel, “The Book & Claim gives the purchaser (Buyer A) a A transaction process that gives the option to purchase SAF that is consumed or reserved elsewhere by another buyer (Purchaser B).The billing portion of this transaction is that Buyer A It’s about realizing environmental benefits or credits that we do.” This means using the Book & Claim even if the SAF is not available. Benefits can be claimed against compliance reports that you or your company have, or simply to be environmentally friendly.
Book & Claim complements the efforts of many other flight providers. Over 20 Jetcard and fractional providers also offer carbon offsets, either included in the hourly rate or available for purchase by customers. Berkshire Hathaway’s NetJets and Directional Aviation, the parent companies of Flexjet, SentientJet, FXAir and PrivateFly, both invest in sustainable fuel producers. Some even go further than just offsetting his CO2 emissions from flying. Sentient Jet offsets 300% of carbon emissions, accounting for additional emissions impacting the climate. VistaJet has committed to becoming carbon neutral as a company by 2025. Charter Broker Victor offers his Book & Claim on all flights, allowing customers to purchase his SAF for travel. 4Air works with operators, FBOs, corporate flight departments and the rest of the business aviation industry to audit and deliver solutions to achieve climate neutral operations.
“Business aviation is deeply committed to climate change and is proud to have reduced carbon emissions by 40% over the past 40 years,” said the Executive Director of the International Business Aviation Council and the SAF Coalition Steering Committee. Chairman Kurt Edwards said in a statement from Jet Airways. The National Business Aviation Association reports that SAF production doubled last year. Supply is expected to grow by he more than 400% between 2022 and 2025. Private aviation plays a key role in enabling businesses to exist and thrive in locations underserved by airlines. Expect natural disasters, much talk calling for a ban on private jets.