We know that a huge part of our success is the beauty of the West Coast experience we offer; an experience that we want to protect and support for generations to come. It’s why we are so strongly committed to being an industry leader on sustainable initiatives.
Unfortunately, there currently is no viable alternative to carbon-based aircraft fuel. But we can make up for it in other ways. Understanding that fact inspired us to begin calculating and offsetting 100% of our carbon emissions – becoming North America’s first fully carbon neutral airline in 2007.
Since then we are proud to have offset 100% of emissions associated with seaplane fuel use and corporate operations! Doing good for our communities and our planet? It’s simply good business.
Mitigating our Environmental Impact
We are constantly looking for ways we can operate more sustainably: optimizing our aircraft, actively managing our flight loads, implementing paperless ticketing & web-based payroll, recycling programs and more.
For those emissions that can’t be reduced, our partnership with local company, Offsetters Climate Solutions allows us to accurately measure and offset the environmental impact of our business. By supporting projects that create measurable benefits to the planet, equal or greater to the impact of our emissions, we’re committed to making a positive difference in our footprint.
Our Carbon Neutral Journey
Harbour Air has worked with Offsetters since 2007 to understand and reduce our airline’s impact on the climate.
Offsetters measures our greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) associated with our offices, terminals, operations and, of course, flights.
To calculate the emissions in each of these areas, Offsetters examines our fuel records, employee commuting habits, and all the data that surrounds utilities, business travel, printing and paper use.
We’ve provided highlights from our most recent data below, but you can read the full report here.
Harbour Air has worked closely with Offsetters Clean Technology to select several high quality projects that are located both in British Columbia and overseas. For a full list of our projects, including full descriptions of their standards and myriad co-benefits, click here.
Project Green YVR
Harbour Air is proud to be one of the founding members of Project Green YVR. The project is a Vancouver Airport Authority initiative that helps Sea Island businesses reduce their waste, water and energy use to limit their impact on the environment and save money through a variety of Project Green YVR Programs.