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NATA recertifies Textron-owned service centres as green
Singapore, Paris, Zurich and Indianapolis centres maintain Tier 1 status, phasing out single use plastics and with motion-sensor lighting, energy-efficient appliances and plumbing, and the Valencia centre achieves Tier 2.
The Valencia service centre is certified by NATA as a Tier 2 Green Aviation Business.

Textron Aviation's commitment to sustainability has been recognised once again as its global service network received recertification as a Green Aviation Business from the National Air Transportation Association. This recognition is part of NATA's Sustainability Standard for Aviation Businesses programme, which encourages environmental sustainability within the industry.

Four of Textron's 20 company-owned service centres in Singapore, Paris, Zurich and Indianapolis recertified their Tier 1 status, going above and beyond NATA's certification requirements and implementing additional sustainable practices.

This includes phasing out single use plastic items, installing motion-sensor lighting and ensuring energy-efficient kitchen appliances and plumbing fixtures. These locations have also developed policies to reduce idling in ground support equipment. For the first time this year, the company's Valencia service centre in Spain achieved Tier 2 status.

"We continue to invest in our processes and facilities to encourage sustainable solutions across the globe because we understand the importance of driving economic growth while preserving our natural resources," says senior vice president, customer support Brian Rohloff.

To achieve base-level certification, all facilities must establish a baseline carbon footprint and work toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions. They must also offer recycling programmes, implement paperless systems, instal LED lighting and reduce the use of plastic water bottles. The company is actively supporting the development of sustainable propulsion solutions, such as hydrogen electric and hybrid electric, and remains actively engaged in sustainability initiatives within the aviation industry.

Textron is committed to environmental sustainability and natural resource conservation, and supports the Business Aviation Commitment on Climate Change. Aligned with its overarching vision, Textron has set forth enterprise-wide goals, spanning a five-year horizon, to forge a path towards a greener future. By the close of 2025, the company aims to curtail greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent while concurrently striving to achieve a 10 per cent reduction in energy consumption, water usage and waste generation.

Additionally, Textron Aviation has harnessed the power of renewable wind energy to meet nearly all its electricity needs in Kansas. This blend of sustainability and innovation serves as a testament to the company's commitment to environmental stewardship.

Robust investments in its products and facilities encourage sustainability in its designs and operations. The Beechcraft Denali and Cessna Citation Ascend embody the company's dedication to reducing emissions and enhancing efficiency through its aircraft projects. Customers are offered the opportunity to take delivery of their aircraft utilising SAF and they can refuel their aircraft with this environmentally friendly alternative at the company's service centre in Wichita, Kansas.

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