Carbon-Neutral Flying

Search engines deliver numerous hits for the term "climate killer": Coal, heat, methane, even solar power appear in the result as alleged evildoers, and again and again: air traffic.

It is undisputed that the global climate has changed in recent decades and that aviation also plays its part. However, the fact that the social debate has made air traffic the main scapegoat – "flight shame" is the buzzword – is rather exaggerated and inflammatory.

Scientific research reveals that aviation is responsible for around 2.69% of man-made global CO2 emissions – exactly the same percentage as the CO2 emissions due to the energy consumption of all servers used for search engines, social media, etc.

What is the aviation industry doing?

Unlike many other industries, the aviation industry is facing up to its responsibilities. It was the first industry to agree on a global approach so that it can cope with the forecasted growth in air traffic as of 2020 in a CO2-neutral manner. To this end, the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) will be introduced.

Effective 2021, airlines in the CORSIA member states will have to offset a fixed portion of their CO2 emissions by financing climate protection projects.

Furthermore, the industry also invests in technologies and innovations, both in aircraft and engine design, to ensure better fuel efficiency and lower emissions. The latest development, an alternative "low carbon intensity fuel" (a mixture of conventional kerosene and a non-fossil biofuel) is available at more and more airports and, with absolutely the same performance characteristics, will help reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80% compared to conventional fuel.

And what does Premium Jet do?

Even if only 2% of the global aviation's CO2 emissions (and thus 0.05% of man-made global CO2 emissions) are generated by the business aviation sector, it should not be forgotten that - due to the lower passenger volume - a private jet consumes more CO2 per passenger mile than a commercial aircraft.

Premium Jet is aware of this and therefore offers its customers and passengers the opportunity to offset their flights CO2-neutrally with a voluntary donation to its partner organisation myclimate, Pfingstweidstrasse 10, 8005 Zurich, Switzerland, www.myclimate.org.

Our Challenger 300 HB-JGQ, for example, consumes 2.82 tons of CO2 per flying hour (with an average kerosene consumption of 295 gallons). A ton of CO2 "costs" at present EUR 25, i.e. a flight hour can be compensated with approximately EUR 71.

Although this is not the solution to all problems, if everyone does what can be done, then we all together will contribute to create a more climate conscious flying experience …