Satcom Direct adds carbon reporting to its operating system


The first phase will enable operators to view CO2 emissions, purchase offset credits, and access associated certificates and records. Initial availability is anticipated by August 2023.

The process

The emissions data is run through a refined calculation developed to comply with all regulatory standards to determine the amount of carbon emitted. This presents operators with validated emissions data for individual aircraft, an entire fleet over a specified period, or for a selected flight.

The new reporting module leverages real-time data generated by SD’s FlightDeck Freedom (FDF) datalink service, which accurately captures fuel burn. The system then calculates each flight’s carbon emissions based on the amount of fuel burned, fuel type and blend.

The result

The reports display a variety of metrics, including how much CO2 has been generated, in which airspace it was produced, and how this compares to previous or other similar trips. This streamlines the computations relating to mandatory and voluntary emission reporting and offsetting, making it easier for operators to present precise reports.

Information is presented graphically and can be used to generate carbon certificates, transactional records for purchased credits, and authenticated tracking information. Operators benefit from access to qualified carbon credits via approved registries, and carbon credits can be transacted via the carbon offsetting platform Patch, which is integrated with SD Pro.

A choice of over 140 accessible offset projects is available, of which SD will highlight preferred options; however, Satcom Direct says its customers can purchase other project credits if desired.

Further comment

“With the industry pledging to be carbon neutral by 2050, we recognize that aircraft operators need to monitor each flight’s environmental impact. We’ve developed this new tool to help them streamline the calculations, provide seamless access to offset options and give them control over their own reporting and carbon strategy,” said Jim Jensen, founder and CEO of Satcom Direct. Jensen also added, “The carbon reporting tool is especially beneficial to those responsible for environmental social governance, ESG, initiatives and ever-evolving CORSIA compliance. We know the industry will welcome the simplicity and convenience.”

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