With the UK’s red list being scrapped and the US finally opening up its borders, holidays are go, go, go! And just because the air is turning crisper and the occasional light dusting of frost covers our car windscreens overnight here in the UK, that doesn’t mean that other countries around the globe are experiencing the same chilly weather we are! No matter the destination, SaxonAir can get you there in style!
A quiet revolution is taking place in not-so-sleepy Norfolk, England. Aviation, an industry that is rarely paired positively with the words ‘clean energy’, is going green.
Norfolk’s Charter Operator service, SaxonAir, is at the heart of it all. Alex Durand, the company’s CEO, is taking an industry lead, overseeing drastic action at the facility andworking with staff to minimise the operation’s carbon footprint. Having undergone a rigorous programme to upgrade the building and educate its 50+ staff on greener practices, including investment into day-to-day running and even keeping bees, the company is aiming to be a trailblazer in the industry and well on its way to meeting its ambitious targets to be carbon neutral by 2025.
From having initially found the industry reticent to address some of the negative media surrounding the industry, Durand recently spoke at SaxonAir’s ‘Clearing the Air’ event to highlight and debunk notorious misconceptions surrounding aviation. In particular, he drew comparison to over running road works that, after just one-month, equal to SaxonAir’s entire 2019 carbon emission output.
Over-running roadworks on South Park Avenue in Norwich could be producing the same volume of emissions as an entire year’s worth of private charter flights in 2019, says SaxonAir CEO Alex Durand. The Charter Operator’s carbon emissions were equal* to roadworks over-running by just one month.
In fact, aviation accounts for just 12% of transport emissions, in comparison to by-road travel that accounts for a whopping 74%**, Durand revealed at today’s sustainability event, Clearing the Air, held at the airport.
But, he says, businesses must work together to collectively reduce carbon emissions rather than pointing the finger at a single industry.
Within the next three decades, sustainable practices will become second nature to us all, not only as a nation but across the globe as we strive to cut emissions to net zero by 2050. A recent UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report explicitly places the responsibility for the rise in annual temperatures on human activity and warns that we must act now to address the impacts of global warming.
SaxonAir were pleased to welcome the Minister for Aviation, Baroness Sugg to the Business Aviation Centre to give her an overview of the offshore centre of excellence and SaxonAir’s charter business
The minister was interested to hear about SaxonAir’s diverse aviation business, specifically looking at the challenges facing the offshore and energy sectors, which form a large part of SaxonAir Flight Support business.
SaxonAir handles over 45,000 Offshore passengers with 5,500 flights per year, 500,000kg of Offshore baggage and 26,000kg Freight Offshore – alongside 3250 Fixed wing movements not including SaxonAir’s own charter business.
Also, during the visit discussions took place on what issues are effecting our industry right now and Head of Standards Howard Barber raised the issue of night airport slot restrictions in London, the impact Brexit is having on Business Aviation and John Dewing also discussed the variation in standards for NASP movements in the UK which come into force at 10 tonnes weight limit as compared to 15 tonnes in Europe.