Celebrating Two Years of Carbon Neutrality
Today marks the two-year anniversary of becoming carbon neutral for regional airline, Harbour Air Seaplanes.
The airline was the first in North America to achieve carbon neutrality in 2007 after a group of forward-thinking employees presented the idea to management. Harbour Air’s program consists of measuring its carbon footprint, implementation of an internal reductions strategy, and finally, the purchase of high-quality carbon offsets from BC-based Offsetters.
To date, the company has offset more than 16,000 metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions by funding energy efficiency and fuel-switching projects in British Columbia. Current projects include the Deltaview Habilitation Centre, a palliative care facility in Delta that uses geothermal heating through a ground source heat pump system, and Sunselect Greenhouses in Aldergrove using biomass boilers and heat-trapping curtains in place of traditional heating and cooling methods. All of these clean technology projects are validated and verified by third-parties to be real, additional, permanent, and socially beneficial.
“This has been an exciting opportunity for us to work with our passengers to make a difference in the environment,” notes Randy Wright, Senior Vice President for Harbour Air. “We recognize the negative impact that aviation has on the climate, and while we believe there is always more that can be done, we think this is a step in the right direction.”
With over 25 years of service and more than 30 aircraft, Harbour Air Ltd. is the world’s largest all-seaplane airline offering frequent scheduled flights, as well as scenic adventure tours and private charters. The company is based in Richmond, British Columbia, with locations in Vancouver, Langley, Victoria and Nanaimo.