American-based sustainability solutions program 4AIR signed its 100th client on 11 May 2023, boosting its position as a leader in sustainable aviation.
4AIR provides aviation-specific sustainability programmes, paving the way for the aviation sector to achieve real aircraft emissions counteraction and reduction specifically using Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).
Commercial airlines like Southwest Airlines, business jet operators like Verijet and Tradewind Aviation and original equipment manufacturers like Embraer are just a few of the diversified and expansive clients of 4AIR.
Allison Kane, co-founder and CEO of Florida-based charter operator Verijet, highlights the impact that 4AIR has had on her company: “Our focus is on providing our customers with a safe and more sustainable option when it comes to private air travel. Our fleet of fuel-efficient jets is carbon-neutral thanks to 4AIR and their easy-to-implement programs.”
4AIR has become a sustainability pioneer through various methods, such as reporting, tracking and providing evidence for the use of 5.8 million gallons of SAF.
4AIR’s achievements are in line with the Clean Skies for Tomorrow Coalition’s goal of promoting the production of sustainable, low-carbon aviation fuels on a commercial scale for widespread adoption in the industry by 2030.
The 4AIR framework consists of four levels, each with specific scientific objectives and increasingly significant impacts on sustainability, which enables aviation companies to achieve sustainability through access to carbon markets and the use of SAF.
Each rating level is built up as a turnkey solution that can be used at the flying hour or per gallon level with each grade being a ready-made sustainability programme that businesses may use in their flight.
Businesses can either share their sustainability rating with customers or obtain a rating for their entire operation.
According to 4AIR President Kennedy Ricci, the programme in place at 4AIR has allowed their customers to expand their sustainability goals in a more advanced way than before through commitment and moving to higher rating levels.
Ricci said: “4AIR pushes the envelope around our idea of a sustainability program. Our program begins where most others end and lays out a path for a longer-term approach to sustainability.
“Aviation has the opportunity to be carbon-neutral today and our program answers the question of how to start while enabling improved and more comprehensive solutions over time.”
Additionally, 4AIR have produced an interactive map which indicates locations that have a physical SAF supply. CO₂