Partners With Climate Care To Reduce Emissions
Business flight... with a "conscience." That's the marketing
pitch behind so-called "carbon offset" programs now bandied by
umpteen airlines and private jet ownership companies. FlexJet
announced Monday at NBAA it will be the latest to jump on the green
bandwagon, signing with offset provider Climate Care to sell offset
credits to the fractional's customers.
Beginning in October 2008, all new and existing Flexjet owners
may join the voluntary program to offset CO2 emissions, to make
their flights carbon neutral. Program participants will pay a
per-hour fee sufficient to fund activities that generate an equal
reduction in emissions.
"Flexjet is pleased to offer its owners the opportunity to take
responsibility for their flights and help offset their carbon
emissions," said Fred Reid, President, Bombardier Flexjet. "We
realize that until technological advances produce truly low
emissions aircraft, the best opportunity to minimize climate impact
is to balance flight emissions with projects and technologies that
reduce environmental impact around the world."
Funds from the offset program will be invested in Climate Care
projects worldwide, which reduce carbon emissions and distribute
renewable, sustainable technology. As part of the program, Flexjet
will also offset all non-owner flights, including flights for
demonstration and maintenance purposes.
"We selected Climate Care as a partner after extensive research
concluded that the company offers the highest standards for
choosing, measuring and reporting on its programs to balance carbon
emissions," Reid added.
FlexJet's parent company Bombardier was the first original
equipment manufacturer (OEM) to introduce a carbon offset program
for its new business aircraft customers, also partnering with
Climate Care earlier this year.
"Climate Care is pleased that Flexjet is seeking environmentally
responsible solutions to minimize the climate impact of carbon
emissions," said Edward Hanrahan, Executive Director, Climate Care.
"We look forward to working with Flexjet to balance carbon
emissions by investing in projects designed to replace fossil fuel
burning technologies with low-carbon alternatives."