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NBAA awards Sustainable Flight Department accreditations
The programme recognises business aviation entities meeting environmental sustainability standards. Among them Gulfstream, the first OEM to be recognised for flight, ground support, operations and infrastructure.
The Gulfstream fleet - the OEM has been recognised across all four sustainability categories of flight, ground support, operations and infrastructure.
Read this story in our February 2023 printed issue.

The NBAA has named additional inaugural business aviation entities that have achieved the organisation's newly established Sustainable Flight Department accreditation.

The programme, launched earlier this year, includes four independent accreditations: flight, ground support, operations and infrastructure. The categories are aimed at recognising the diversity of business aviation entities and different emissions scopes.

NBAA's accreditation programme, which is not limited to flight departments, provides an industry standard for validating leadership in sustainable flight operations. The goal is to promote a culture of sustainability by encouraging companies to think and act critically, and to implement as many sustainability strategies as possible.

The awardees include:

- American Express Corporate Aviation (flight, operations)

- The Boeing Company, Executive Flight Operations (flight)

- Coca-Cola Company (flight)

- Cox Aviation (flight)

- Dell Technologies Corporate Aviation (flight)

- Dow Aviation (flight, operations, ground support, infrastructure)

- Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation (flight, operations, ground support, infrastructure)

- Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (operations)

NBAA also accredited several other entities that wish to remain anonymous.

“Through programmes such as NBAA's Sustainable Flight Department Accreditation programme, business aviation is taking concrete, measurable steps to address climate change,” says president and CEO Ed Bolen. “We commend the companies who have worked hard to achieve this accreditation and strive to create a more sustainable future for business aviation.”

Gulfstream Aerospace was recognised for sustainability leadership across multiple locations.

“We appreciate the partnership with NBAA to recognise our sustainability efforts,” says president Mark Burns. “These accreditations encompass our holistic commitment to leading our industry toward its goals for carbon neutrality, and we are proud to be the first original equipment manufacturer to be identified for these efforts across all four categories; flight, ground support, operations and infrastructure.”

Gulfstream's long term culture of innovation drives sustainable products and practices through cutting-edge aircraft technology, responsible operations and investments in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Last month, it was the industry's first business aircraft original equipment manufacturer to fly on 100 per cent SAF, and its facilities include more than 2.2 million sq ft of green buildings both in the US and the UK. Thanks to an increased focus on sustainable operations, the company has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 18 per cent since 2014 while expanding facilities by 30 per cent.

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