Van Nuys, California-based Clay Lacy Aviation has tapped World Kinect Energy Services, a subsidiary of World Fuel Services, to help develop a sustainability program that would significantly reduce the FBO, MRO, and air charter/management firm’s carbon footprint. The multifaceted program will aim to reduce the carbon footprint of Clay Lacy facilities, as well as offering the company’s clients an easier way to purchase carbon credits to offset flying activity.
“Operating safely and responsibly, while continually adding value for our clients, is at the core of our business philosophy,” said Clay Lacy Aviation president and CEO Brian Kirkdoffer. “Reducing our carbon footprint and offering clients an easy, verifiable way to operate their airplanes sustainably is simply the right thing to do. We see this program as an important step toward making business aviation sustainable and helping our industry achieve its climate objectives.”
Initial projects at its facilities could include installing a solar array, eliminating single-use plastics, transitioning ground equipment from diesel to electric and upgrading to LED lighting. Floated future initiatives include provisioning for electric and alternative-fuel aircraft, installing additional electric vehicle charging stations, and providing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) as supply becomes available.
Meanwhile, Clay Lacy Aviation expects to be one of the first FBOs in the U.S. to offer “gold-standard” carbon offsets bundled with fuel purchases at its Van Nuys Airport FBO. World Kinect Energy Services will provide these carbon offsets. Clay Lacy Aviation intends to make carbon offsets available to jet charter and management customers.