Going Green

We know that a huge part of our success is because of 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.

Mitigating our Environmental Impact

Since 2007, we’ve been working with Ostrom Climate Solutions, a local company that is a North American leader in carbon management, to help us understand and reduce our emissions.

We have been constantly looking for ways we can operate more sustainably: optimizing our aircraft and taxiing, actively managing our flight loads, implementing paperless ticketing & web-based payroll, recycling programs and more.

Unsurprisingly, our greatest emissions are from our flights. Unfortunately, there currently is no viable alternative to carbon-based aircraft fuel – but we are working on a way around that! In 2019, we flew the first test flight of an all-electric commercial aircraft and we’re aiming to have the first commercial electric seaplane by 2023. That will drastically reduce our emissions!  

Our Carbon Neutral Journey

Harbour Air has worked with Ostrom Climate since 2007 to understand and reduce our airline’s impact on the climate.

Ostrom Climate measures our annual greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) associated with our offices, terminals, operations and, of course, flights. To do so, they examine our fuel records, employee commuting habits, and all the data that surrounds utilities, business travel, printing and paper use.

The emissions that can’t be reduced, we offset – mitigating the environmental impact of our business. The projects we support create measurable benefits to the planet – that are third-party validated and verified to ensure that the benefits would not have occurred in the absence of the offsets.

Since 2007, we are proud to have offset 100% of emissions associated with fuel use, employee commute, utility consumption, business travel and paper use! Doing good for our communities and our planet? It’s simply good business!

Our 2020 GHG Inventory Report is available here. To learn more about the offset projects we’re supporting, 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.

 

 
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