Jet Aviation Commits to Sustainability
When it comes to promoting environmental sustainability across the business aviation industry, Jet Aviation sees great responsibilities - and great opportunities.
“Jet Aviation’s footprint in business aviation is unique - we touch flight in so many ways,” President David Paddock said of his company that company provides services throughout the world in aircraft management and charter, FBOs, maintenance and refurbishment, completions, staffing, and other areas.
Paddock, who also serves as the Chairman of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, cited its “four pillars” of sustainability as the foundation of Jet Aviation’s environmental efforts. They include technology, sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), operations and infrastructure and market-based initiatives.
Advancing aviation technology is part of the solution. Improving engine efficiency, refining aerodynamics and reducing weight are reaping benefits in reducing fuel consumption. Through its interior completion operations, Jet Aviation has contributed not only by developing lighter-weight interior components, but also by reducing electrical loads with more efficient lighting and other components. “Reducing weight and electrical consumption ultimately reduces fuel consumption,” said Paddock.
“But technology can get you only so far,” he said. “Sustainable fuel, such as biofuel, is critical to the net-zero emissions outcome. We’ve been working with partners such as World Energy and Neste to increase the availability of SAF in the market and aircraft operators have been responding.”
Jet Aviation’s FBO in Van Nuys, CA, was the first supplier to offer sustainable fuel via a blended fuel option; it was also the first Jet Aviation site to carry blended fuel. It supplied SAF to business aircraft flying in to the “Business Jets Fuel Green” event on Jan.17, 2019. Jet Aviation also exclusively supplied sustainable fuel in Zurich, Switzerland, earlier this year, supporting the World Economic Forum, and becoming the first to provide SAF in that market. “Jet Aviation continues to develop supply and infrastructure in Zurich and Geneva – and other locations in Europe and the US,” said Paddock.
The global service provider also contributes to sustainability through its charter operations, promoting more efficient route planning to reduce consumption. The company “greens” its buildings and hangars, maximizing heating and cooling efficiency; building to LEED standards and also using solar panels and electric vehicles wherever possible.
“The need for people to travel, be it for business or personal, is inherent,” said Paddock. “Business aviation has improved fuel efficiency of its products by more than 40% over the past 50 years. The business aviation industry currently accounts for roughly 2% of all aviation CO2 emissions and.04% of all manmade carbon emissions. We must continue to work together to drive sustainable aviation.”