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Bombardier reaffirms commitment to cover operational flights with SAF

Bombardier says it is cementing its industry leadership in sustainability by reaffirming its commitment to cover all operational flights with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), utilising the Book-and-Claim system.

One year after announcing its landmark agreement with Signature Aviation, the manufacturer says it continues to demonstrate its firm engagement to drive lasting industry change by promoting the industry-wide adoption of SAF.

Eric Martel, Bombardier’s president and CEO, said: “Bombardier is taking bold steps on its sustainability journey and is increasingly recognised as one of the most sustainable aviation companies.

“Our commitment to cover our flight operations with SAF, a first in the business aviation industry, is another demonstration of the serious, tangible actions we are taking to align with our values.

“The Bombardier team strongly believes that operating with sustainability in mind is the only way forward, and we are proud to rise to the challenge again today.”

Operational flights are part of Bombardier’s regular activities, and notably include production testing, certification flights, transiting global aircraft from Toronto to Montréal to perform the completion stages, customer demonstration flights, new aircraft platforms certifications and after-service check flights.

By using a blend with 30 per cent of pure sustainable aviation fuel, Bombardier anticipates to reduce its scope 1 annual greenhouse gas emissions from fuel use in its flight operations by around 20 to 25 per cent.

The 2023 SAF usage in flight operation through the Book-and-Claim system will be reflected in Bombardier’s 2023 scope 1 CO2 emissions due to be published in May next year.

This major annual gain supports Bombardier’s previously announced objective of reducing 25 per cent of scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, compared to 2019 levels.

Bombardier’s 2025 objective is aligned with the business aviation industry’s goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions associated with sustainable aviation fuels is achieved throughout their lifecycle, not just at the time of in-flight consumption.

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