The British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) has officially launched its Carbon Balancing Scheme with long term BBGA member London Executive Aviation (LEA), the UK’s largest executive aircraft charter operator, as the first fully signed up operator. LEA will now offer its clients the opportunity to balance the carbon emissions produced from their flights through the BBGA scheme.
The BBGA launched the Carbon Balancing Scheme earlier this year with the unique aim of making the entire business and general aviation industry carbon neutral. Using only independently certified offsetting projects, the BBGA scheme offers operators the chance to counter carbon emissions through the purchase of forestry based, fuel based or technology based offsets. BBGA members can choose to balance the carbon emissions on all flights or on a selected flight by flight basis.
David Antrobus, Chairman of the BBGA, said, “As a sector, the business and general aviation industry is committed to minimising its impact on the environment and we are delighted that LEA has come on board as the first member of our Carbon Balancing Scheme. We are looking to the future of the industry and are putting the scheme forward as an alternative means of compliance to the proposed inclusion of general and business aviation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).”
Patrick Margetson-Rushmore, Chief Executive of London Executive Aviation, commented, “We were very impressed by the BBGA carbon balancing scheme. The flexibility that the scheme offers will suit the needs of our clients perfectly and we are delighted to be supporting the BBGA in its efforts to combat climate change.”