Air BP enters into airport and business aviation initiatives to offset flight emissions
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Fri 18 May 2018 – Air BP has announced carbon offsetting initiatives with an airport in Spain and a business aviation company in Brazil. To mark the fifth anniversary of Teruel Airport, all carbon emissions related to Jet-A1 and Avgas 100LL aviation fuel supplied by Air BP during May will be offset through BP’s Target Neutral programme that invests in carbon reduction projects around the world. The carbon emissions related to the use of all aviation fuels supplied by Air BP to Brazilian aircraft management company Avantto Aircraft Administration for the next 12 months will be offset through BP Target Neutral. The programme has offset 3.17 million tonnes of CO2e during its 11 years of operation.
Teruel Airport describes itself as an industrial-aeronautical hub and is owned by a consortium formed by the Government of Aragon and Teruel City Council. It considers its strategic European location and favourable economic opportunities attractive to aeronautical and aerospace businesses, while, it says, operating as an environmentally responsible concern.
“Minimising our environmental impact has always been a priority and guided us in the development of multiple initiatives,” said Alejandro Ibrahim, General Manager of the airport. “Because of that, we are leading the Spanish airport industry where carbon offsetting programmes are concerned.”
Founded in 2011, Avantto performs more than 750 take-offs per month and has accumulated more than 4,500 flight hours per year for about 400 users. The initiative with Air BP will be launched on June 1 and initially run for a year, with the possibility of being extended into the future. This is Air BP’s first carbon offsetting offer for business aviation customers in Brazil and the aviation fuel supplier says it complements its carbon neutral into-plane fuelling operations at 250 directly operated locations around the world, including a number of locations in Brazil such as Sao Paulo Guarulhos and Rio de Janeiro Galeao international airports.
“Through our partnership with Air BP, we have taken another step in our sustainability journey,” said Rogério Andrade, Avantto’s CEO. “Now, in addition to benefits such as safety, availability and convenience, our clients will also have the carbon emissions from the aviation fuel used in their flights offset, thereby responding in a practical way to the climate challenges.”
Added Ricardo Paganini, General Manager, Air BP South America: “In addition to finding ways to reduce our own carbon emissions, we work closely with our customers to develop innovative offers that support them in the transition to a lower carbon future. We are proud to launch this initiative in Brazil in collaboration with Avantto, which gives business aviation customers the opportunity to reduce the carbon impact of flying.”
The carbon emission reductions from BP Target Neutral’s global portfolio of projects are independently verified and monitored in line with the ICROA (International Carbon Reduction & Offset Alliance) best practice code. Projects are assessed on the basis of their contribution to reducing carbon emissions and their potential to support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, for example through their potential to help improve livelihoods for the communities they are based in through various educative, economic and social benefits. In 2017, the programme offset 714,000 tCO2e against a target of 700,000 tCO2e, an increase of nearly 73,000 tonnes on 2016.