VistaJet has not only committed to becoming the first carbon-neutral business aviation operator by 2025, but also released a white paper as a roadmap for the broader industry to go beyond its current goal of a 50 percent emissions reduction by 2050. “The industry as a whole must step up to combat climate change and its impact today—it’s the right thing to do and we all have to act now,” urged VistaJet founder and chairman Thomas Flohr.
The company plans to meet its target by offering a certified carbon offset program; adopting the use of more sustainable aviation fuels (SAF); adding more efficient aircraft; and using more sustainable in-flight products. Further, the company has pledged to move to use renewable electricity at its facilities and will publish annually greenhouse gas accounting and climate risk reports.
VistaJet’s carbon offset program introduced in January 2020 has already helped to make big gains toward the carbon-neutrality goal, with 80 percent of its customers opting to purchase carbon credits to offset aircraft emissions on their flights. The company has also removed more than 90 percent of single-use items across its fleet and replaced them with sustainable alternatives. Additionally, it partnered with SkyNRG in September to increase global access to SAF and invested in flight-optimization technology that has reduced fuel consumption by an average of 8 percent per flight.