VistaJet is committing to and spearheading the call for change in aviation and its effect on the environment, as outlined in its sustainability agenda. The business aviation frontrunner has pledged to work with – and push – the industry to go further than the current goal of a fifty-percent reduction of emissions by 2050, as set by the civil aviation industry bodies, International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the global business aviation community.
Aviation plays a crucial role in driving the global economy as well as connecting people and countries around the world. VistaJet acknowledges that while impossible to imagine a world without air mobility – especially as travel continues to be a necessity for many companies, particularly in the redevelopment of businesses post-pandemic – it is imperative that simultaneously, every effort is made to protect the environment.
In 2020, over eighty-percent of VistaJet Members offset carbon dioxide emissions relative to their flights’ fuel consumption in partnership with South Pole, an award-winning project developer and global provider of climate action solutions. By offering its clients a means to compensate for the impact of their footprint, VistaJet has and continues to support an industry-wide push for a greener recovery and channels necessary finance to projects that help reduce emissions and improve livelihoods.
In a further showcase of its dedication to a greener future, in 2020, VistaJet also partnered with SkyNRG, a pioneer and a global leader in Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), to be the first to provide global access to SAF for business aviation. Among other product and service innovations, VistaJet introduced the Global 7500, the first business jet with an Environmental Product Declaration; optimised its flight routes to reduce fuel consumption; invested in artificial intelligence technology to optimise fleet management; implemented a fuel-efficient booking system; moved to renewable energy use on the ground; and drove sustainability awareness and conversation among its clients and the aviation industry as a whole. The company also does yearly Extensive Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) audits every year to ensure transparency – view the latest audit here.
While offsets, SAF and the implementation of a few technical innovations are the current and available options to reduce its carbon footprint, VistaJet, together with its partners, the industry and its clients, will continue to actively seek and invest in new developments to help push the current boundaries in environmentally conscious air travel. To meet its goal of becoming the first carbon-neutral business aviation company by 2025, VistaJet will continuously look to new technology and innovations to further reduce its greenhouse gas footprint in line with the latest available science. The VistaJet sustainability program and innovation approach will also serve as a blueprint for all other Vista Global group companies and its key partners.
Thomas Flohr, Founder and Chairman of VistaJet adds: “Since the inception of VistaJet 17 years ago, we have always looked to the future, innovating and driving change within our industry. We have taken on the challenge to establish and promote a more efficient and sustainable way of flying. This is why, together with our partners and clients, we have been developing and adopting best practices and innovative solutions. Our model itself is the most effective in focusing on utilisation and a shared fleet concept; and adoption of more sustainable aviation fuels, and smarter, more economic aircraft. 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.”