The business aviation community has long been a leader in environmental sustainability in the aviation sector, ranging from adopting advanced engine technologies to reduce fuel burn, emissions and noise to implementing NextGen avionics that permit more direct routing to flying on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). NBAA has launched an accreditation program to further advance a sustainability culture in business aviation entities and recognize those that meet or exceed specified criteria in the following areas:
Reducing environmental impact as a result of conducting flights (e.g., carbon emissions) and creating efficiencies
Optimizing a sustainability culture with an emphasis on carbon emissions as a result of personnel air travel and implementation of environmental programs (e.g., recycling, reduction of resources)
Implementing sustainable strategies related to equipment and vehicles that support business aviation operations (e.g., aircraft tugs, business aviation entity owned/leased vehicles)
Advancing sustainability through physical infrastructures (e.g., hangars, facilities)
The accreditation program encourages participating business aviation entities to think and act critically, implementing as many sustainability strategies as possible while recognizing the diversity of business aviation operations. Business aviation entities may pursue accreditation for each of these four areas independently and must demonstrate that they meet stringent requirements to successfully earn accreditation. To support program participants, NBAA will provide resources addressing various elements of environmental sustainability.
To verify and validate each business aviation entity’s submission, NBAA will conduct a virtual audit reviewing their emissions data, sustainability strategy, individual evidence (supporting documents) and interviewing key personnel. NBAA will conduct in-person audits of select business aviation entities to validate processes and procedures that support a sustainability culture as well as verify their documentation.
An individual accreditation costs $3,000 and is valid for three years. This cost covers the administrative work by NBAA and others to audit documentation, which is why payment is due at the time of application. There is no additional cost for companies selected to undergo an in-person audit.
Discounted pricing is available for multiple accreditations.
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Those interested in earning the accreditation must meet certain criteria and submit documentation. Review an overview of the application process.
The accreditation is appropriate for any business aviation entity currently implementing, or aspiring to implement, a range of environmental sustainability practices. Review the program requirements now.