Modern Aviation is developing a strategy to achieve carbon neutrality for Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 2050, committing to its goal with a range of sustainable changes and opportunities.
From improved hangar insulation to the installation of LED lighting, Modern Aviation is committed to its new goal of carbon neutrality. The company will improve lighting controls, increase daylight in hangars in offices, add in-slab radiant heating for hangars in cold-weather regions, perform on-site installation of solar PV systems, procure renewable energy sources by providing local utility providers and convert to electric ground support equipment.RELATED STORIES:Modern Aviation breaks ground on hangar expansion in Puerto RicoModern Aviation set to acquire three FBOs in the northeast
The changes will be made at its FBO locations where feasible. A formal strategy has been developed to reduce Scope 3 emissions associated with avfuel used by customers. Modern Aviation feels the strategy will develop over time in response to the changing industry and fuel technology, like the transition to lead-free avgas that has sparked bills and programs across the country.
The company is expanding the offering of SAF to all its FBO locations as soon as it is possible, as well as increasing the SAF percentage of its total fuel sales across its network. SAF fuel is currently only offered at Modern Aviation's FBO location at the Sacramento Mather Airport (MHR).
There will be a gradual increase in the amount of SAF in blended fuel over time. General Aviation has been under scrutiny with the use of leaded fuel, but there is work being done with blended fuels and lead-free fuels, which will be transitioned in to replace the leaded avgas.RELATED STORIES:Bill eliminating leaded avgas will cause 'severe economic impacts and safety risks,' EAA letter saysWashington state bill introduces leaded gas restrictions, overall ban by 2030GA public response to EPA on leaded fuel
A bool-and-claim system will be implemented to provide a SAF option for customers where it is not physically available. Modern Aviation will continue to offer high-quality carbon offsets to customers voluntarily through its Carbonfund.org carbon offset program.
Part of the strategy for Modern Aviation is the electrification of the company vehicles and ground support equipment over time. The company recently placed its first order for a 5,000-gallon electric fuel truck from Rampmaster, which is set to be delivered in 2024. Tesla rental cars will also be offered through its partnership with Hertz. The vehicles are available now at its FBO location at Centennial Airport (APA).
"Since we founded the Company in 2018, we've continuously focused on implementing industry-leading methods to reach our sustainability goals as well as enabling our customers to do the same in the most economical way possible," Modern Aviation CEO Mark Carmen said.
"We began offering our carbon offset program in October 2019 and now we are proud to be committing to becoming carbon neutral as a Company by 2050," Carmen said. "Offering SAF to our customers in California, being an early adopter of electric refuelers and providing EV rental vehicles is just the beginning of our efforts to increase our commitment to sustainability. This is an important initiative to Modern, our team members and our customers."