Air Partner, the global aviation services group, has selected ClimateCare to offset its carbon emissions with projects that cut carbon and improve lives. Through the partnership, Air Partner has introduced an auto-enrolment carbon offsetting scheme for its private jet and group charter clients as part of its new ESG strategy to deliver positive change in the aviation industry and embed sustainable practices into the core of its business.
Through the scheme, carbon emissions from flights are calculated and offset by adding a cost directly to the price of the flight. Offsetting contributes funding towards a number of important carbon reduction projects such as two world-leading clean cooking initiatives and the installation of renewable energy.
Along with these changes for customers, the Air Partner Group has been mapping carbon emission associated with business related travel and the Group aim to include such offsetting as part of the contribution in support of ClimateCare projects.
These clean cooking projects in Bangladesh and Ghana not only cut carbon emissions, helping to tackle climate change, they also improve lives by halving fuel bills for families and reducing exposure to toxic fumes. Additionally, by cutting fuel requirements, the projects reduce deforestation – protecting precious habitat.
It has also supported projects which involve the installation and operation of high-quality and low-cost solar energy systems in India, displacing the use of kerosene and other fossil fuels and increasing energy security for households and businesses.
This is a significant step-change for Air Partner, who have previously operated carbon offsetting on an opt-in basis. Clients can, of course, choose to opt out of the scheme should they wish but it’s hoped that this change will help reduce the impact that charter flights have on the environment.
The wider ESG Strategy is aligned with the Group’s broader corporate objectives and values and demonstrates the seriousness attached to sustainability across the group. The strategy also allows Air Partner to make improved process efficiencies and reduce risk, through the development of stronger risk identification and management processes enabling the Group to plan for, and action, future legislative requirements.
Commenting on the partnership, Greg Charman, ESG Manager at Air Partner said:
“We are delighted to be working with experts in this sector, ClimateCare. They have over 20 years' experience running some of the most innovative and largest voluntary carbon offset programmes in the world. Working with them has allowed us to take full responsibility for our carbon footprint and integrate action to tackle climate change and improve people’s lives.”
A spokesperson for ClimateCare commented: "We work with forward-thinking organisations to turn their climate responsibilities into positive outcomes. Our trademark Climate+Care approach helps organisations take a smart approach to addressing their environmental impacts by offsetting their carbon emissions through projects which also support sustainable development”.
Learn more about Air Partner’s ESG strategy.