Clay Lacy Becomes First Company Certified to 4AIR Facilities Neutral Sustainability Rating
Clay Lacy Aviation is the first company to receive a 4AIR sustainability rating of Facilities Neutral, validating that the company’s private-aviation facilities have been operating carbon neutral since 2019. Clay Lacy is the first company to complete its facilities audit by 4AIR, the first and only rating sustainability program dedicated to private aviation.
“The Facilities Neutral rating affirms the sustainability strategy and actions taken by Clay Lacy Aviation to meet a carbon-neutral level,” says 4AIR president, Kennedy Ricci. “After a thorough review and audit, we offer Clay Lacy stakeholders and its customers assurance that its program has delivered in its goals of reducing its carbon footprint and procuring carbon offsets to attain carbon neutrality. Receiving the Facilities Neutral rating shows Clay Lacy’s industry leadership in achieving sustainability for its FBOs (operations).”
4AIR conducted a comprehensive and independent audit of Clay Lacy facilities, reviewing direct emissions, such as fuel combustion, and indirect emissions from electricity and heating. In addition to participating in carbon-offset programs, Clay Lacy actively reduces its carbon footprint throughout its facilities in a variety of ways, including utilizing more than 30,000 square feet of solar panels at its Los Angeles headquarters, incorporating electric-vehicle charging stations, and using LED lights for greater efficiency.
Says Scott Cutshall, Clay Lacy’s senior vice president of Development and Sustainability, “4AIR’s rating is an industry-first framework to address greenhouse-gas impact that offers a verifiable path to achieve meaningful emissions counteraction and reduction. This important third-party rating recognizes that Clay Lacy’s thoughtful and proactive efforts are meeting our measurable goals, as we continue to work toward a sustainable future.”
Clay Lacy is executing a long-term strategic plan to operate more sustainably, on the ground and in the air. The company works with fuel suppliers and aviation-industry associations to foster the development and use of sustainable jet fuel and facilitates carbon-offset programs for FBO customers and business-jet aircraft owners. After completing installation of a 500-kilowatt (kW) solar array at its headquarters, Clay Lacy plans to break ground on two new FBOs at Oxford-Waterbury Airport (OXC) and John Wayne Airport (SNA) that will incorporate a host of sustainable construction and operational practices to reduce the environmental impact of those facilities.
Clay Lacy Aviation was also recently the first company certified to the National Air Transportation Association’s (NATA) Sustainability Standard for Aviation Businesses.
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