Signature becomes first aviation firm to achieve carbon neutrality across global network


Signature Aviation, the private aviation terminal operator, has announced that it has achieved carbon neutrality for 2022 across its global network of more than 200 FBO locations.

Signature’s investment in carbon neutrality covers greenhouse gas emissions from all of its ground equipment, vehicles, facilities, electrical and natural gas heating and buildings (known as Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions). It also announced its commitment to maintaining carbon neutral operations for every year going forward, becoming the first private aviation company to make such a network-wide commitment.

Signature has accomplished this milestone by first reducing its own emissions through electrification of vehicles, energy efficiency and on-site solar power across its facilities, and gridbased renewable energy, and then with carbon offsets for the remaining emissions.

Signature’s entire offsets investment came from the Elk Creek Mine project near Paonia, Colorado, approximately 80 miles from the heart of Colorado’s ski country. As Signature continues its investment in reducing its own emissions in future years, it anticipates that offsets will contribute a smaller amount of its investment in carbon neutrality.

Signature Aviation is one of seven companies that have submitted an application for the FBO lease
at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport.

“We recognize the significant challenges and responsibilities for the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport,
and we look forward to meeting those challenges, if we are the successful respondent, as the
world’s most environmentally focused private aviation terminal operator,” said Tony
Lefebvre, chief executive officer of Signature Aviation.

“Our past year of conversations with the Aspen community have impressed upon us the community’s passion for reducing its carbon footprint. We are committed to helping Pitkin County achieve its goal of a 30% reduction in emissions by 2030 and the Net Zero by 2050 commitment, should we be the successful bidder. This commitment is consistent with Signature’s values and actions to-date across our company.”

Building on ambitious sustainability targets throughout its global network, Signature has
additionally utilized its Eagle County Airport FBO location as a test bed for sustainable innovation.

The location was Signature’s first to achieve carbon neutrality in the fall of 2022, propelled by the
establishment of a supply chain for SAF in the Colorado Rockies, on-site solar generation, and a
range of facility and fleet upgrades that resulted in a 15 percent reduction in fossil-fuel emissions
last year.

Signature has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 22% since 2018. It has 30 LEED Certified projects completed, and 10% of ground service equipment is electric powered.

14 of Signature’s sites have been awarded the Tier-3 NATA, the industry’s highest sustainability distinction, which is the most of any company in general aviation.  Signature has led the industry in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), with over 16 million gallons of SAF delivered (approximately 80% of general aviation SAF sold in U.S.).

“We’ve set out to achieve ambitious emissions reduction targets, and rather than just making
promises, we are proud to deliver real, quantifiable progress by becoming the first FBO to achieve
carbon neutrality across its entire global network,” said Lefebvre. “Committing to carbon neutrality
from this moment on builds on a real track record of significant environmental investments that
have already yielded a 22% reduction in our own emissions since 2018.”

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