New Embraer business jet customers who enrol in the company's Embraer Executive Care programme will receive 25 hours of complimentary carbon-neutral flight hours through 4Air, offsetting their carbon emissions during their first year of ownership.
“Embraer is committed to ensuring that the future of aviation is sustainable, and to that end we are aiming to achieve carbon-neutral operations by 2040 and are supporting the industry's goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050," says Embraer Services & Support president and CEO Johann Bordais. "Our partnership with 4Air will incentivise business jet customers to make their own long term commitment to sustainability and demonstrate ways they can start acting now, even as alternatives like SAF are not yet abundant and new technologies are still in development.”
4Air president Kennedy Ricci adds: “We are pleased to join with Embraer in this initiative, which will start owners and their new aircraft on the right foot for the beginning of their sustainability journey. The carbon offset credits Embraer is providing for Executive Care customers will have a real impact on the climate-changing emissions their jets generate. These credits will not only offset the climate impact of their flight activity, but also produce real economic benefits for people in the countries where these credits fund projects.”
As part of its commitment to building a sustainable future, Embraer announced new ESG targets in 2021. To achieve this goal, the company is beginning to increase its use of SAF and is simultaneously working to make products 100 per cent compatible with SAF. Additionally, Embraer is researching and developing a range of products, services and disruptive sustainable technologies, including electrification, hybrid and other innovative energy alternatives. The company will also be offsetting any residual emissions that cannot be reduced through efficiency projects, available alternative energy or advancing technology.
Air4’s environmental offset partnership also aligns with GE's ambition to be a net zero company by 2050, including Scope 3 emissions from the use of sold products.
“Sustainability is part of how GE Aviation does business,” says GE Honda Aero Engines and Passport engine programmes president Melvyn Heard. “As part of our sustainability strategy, we are committed to working with world-class partners that can help us achieve our goals and those of our customers.”
In partnership with 4Air, GE Aviation is able to provide competitive levels of carbon offset commitments that help the most elite business jet customers compensate for today's emissions.
Customers can fly with confidence as offset projects are independently verified to industry leading standards and permanently retired so a credit may only be claimed once. To make this a seamless process for flyers, 4Air will track credits to ensure the appropriate volumes are acquired and retired for every flight.
Through 4Air, the companies will offer carbon offset credits at no cost to customers. Projects funded by 4Air carbon offset credits include renewable energy programmes, the enhancement of carbon-absorbing forests and the support of local projects that reduce deforestation, generating social and economic benefits.
After completion of the 25 flight hours through the inaugural Executive Care programme, Embraer customers will be able to continue their commitment to fighting climate change through participation in 4Air programmes. The initial 25 hours are at 4Air's Level 1 (Bronze), which offsets 100 per cent of carbon dioxide emissions. Embraer customers may opt to continue to participate at that level or increase their commitment to becoming emissions-neutral (by offsetting non-carbon climate-changing emissions such as nitrous oxides) or reducing emissions through measures such as operational changes or the use of sustainable aviation fuel.