Clay Lacy signs as 4AIR official carbon offset partner

By Doug Gollan, February 17, 2021

Directional Aviation-launched 4AIR announced it is partnering with Clay Lacy Aviation to offer its sustainability rating to Clay Lacy managed aircraft while also certifying the company’s facilities in Oxford, CT; Van Nuys, CA; San Diego, CA; Seattle, WA; and Orange County, CA, as carbon-neutral, and awarding their facilities a 4AIR Rating for 2020.

4AIR will validate their carbon offsets, reductions generated from Clay Lacy’s use of solar energy, and affirm the company’s commitment to reducing the environmental impact of their facilities and flying activities for 2020 and in the future, according to a press release.

“4AIR not only offers turnkey sustainability solutions but, as the only rating system for private aviation emissions reduction, will evaluate and independently verify Clay Lacy Aviation’s sustainability program,” said Kennedy Ricci, 4AIR’s president.

He continued, “We can give Clay Lacy Aviation, its stakeholders, and its customers the assurance that the program is meeting its goals and reducing emissions at levels equal to those generated by the flights as well as ground activity.”

Clay Lacy and 4AIR

Clay Lacy Aviation with utilize three of 4AIR’s offerings:

  • 4AIR will rate the greenhouse gas assessments for Clay Lacy Aviation facilities and participating aircraft under management. Also, 4AIR will review offsets, standards, verification, validation, and retirement of carbon credits. It ensures that they meet the criteria set forth by industry-leading standards and 4AIR rating guidelines.
  • Any aircraft managed by Clay Lacy Aviation participating in an emissions reduction program can be certified 4AIR Bronze. That indicates carbon-neutral operations by offsetting all of their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions with verified carbon offset credits. These credits will fund specific, verified, real-world projects intended to offset carbon emissions.
  • Since 4AIR’s program is progressive, aircraft owners using Clay Lacy Aviation to manage their aircraft have a clear path for elevating their commitment to sustainability. An aircraft owner could move to a higher 4AIR Silver rating by making their aircraft emissions-neutral. That includes offsetting CO2 emissions and other pollutants, including water vapor, soot, and contrails. By opting-in to using Sustainable Aviation Fuels, owners could go even further and be eligible for a 4AIR Gold rating.

“Responsible” private jet travel

“Clay Lacy Aviation is committed to reducing our carbon footprint in a responsible manner, doing the right thing, and making it easier for our clients to do the same,” said Scott Cutshall, Senior Vice President, Business Operations. “4AIR’s validation of our efforts provides further confidence in the actions we are taking, ensuring the transparency of every carbon credit retired, confirming the positive impact of our adoption of solar energy, use of biodiesel in our ground service equipment, and ongoing commitment to providing Sustainable Alternative Fuel.”

Added Nancy Bsales, 4AIR’s Chief Operating Officer, Sustainability, “Clay Lacy and the company he founded have been pioneers in private aviation for more than a half-century, and we are proud to partner with them as leaders on sustainability by reducing their carbon emissions and their impact on the environment.”

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