Certification recognizes impact of company’s green power use and leadership in utilizing renewable energy sources
Los Angeles — Clay Lacy Aviation has been a leader in sustainability within business aviation by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and transitioning to renewable energy sources. In recognition of those efforts, the company has been certified as a member of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership, a program that supports organizations that use green power voluntarily to protect human health and the environment.
Clay Lacy is one of the first companies in the business aviation industry to receive certification under the Green Power Partnership, joining some of the largest organizations in the world in the transition to renewable sources of energy. In awarding the Green Power Partner Certificate, the EPA recognizes Clay Lacy sourcing 33% of its energy from renewable resources, including 700,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of wind power and the installation of a 750,000-kWh solar array and 40 electric vehicle chargers at its facilities.
“Receiving the EPA’s Green Power Partner Certificate was a key goal of our corporate sustainability strategy and validates the efforts we’ve undertaken to operate more sustainably,” said Scott Cutshall, Senior Vice President of Development and Sustainability for Clay Lacy Aviation, “It complements our carbon neutral facilities rating, as well as carbon offset programs and the ongoing supply of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) introduced last year at our FBOs to help our clients in achieving their sustainability goals. This Earth Day, we’re proud of the steps we’ve taken to benefit the environment, our employees, clients, and communities.”
Clay Lacy’s facilities have been carbon neutral since 2019 and it was the first company certified to the National Air Transportation Association’s (NATA) Sustainability Standard for Aviation Businesses. It was also the world’s first company to be independently reviewed and rated Facility Green Level by 4AIR, affirming FBO facilities and ground emissions lead industry-level standards and meet carbon neutrality.
Clay Lacy is executing a long-term strategic plan to operate more sustainably, on the ground and in the air. The company works with fuel suppliers and aviation industry associations to foster the development and use of sustainable jet fuel and emission and waste reduction programs. Clay Lacy is also moving forward with the development of two new FBO and MRO facilities at Oxford-Waterbury Airport (OXC) and John Wayne Airport (SNA) that will incorporate a host of sustainable construction and operational practices to reduce the environmental impact of those facilities.