Textron Aviation’s 20 company-owned service centres have received recertification from the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) as a Green Aviation Business. This recognition is part of NATA’s Sustainability Standard for Aviation Businesses programme.
“We understand the importance of pursuing sustainable solutions in our operations across the globe and are taking actions for a sustainable future for our employees, communities and customers,” said Brian Rohloff, senior vice president, customer support. “I am proud that our investments in our facilities not only allow us to offer the best customer experience but also reduce our environmental footprint.”
Five company-owned service centres achieved Tier 1 status and 15 achieved base-level certifications. To achieve base-level certification, facilities must establish a baseline carbon footprint and work to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with ground support equipment. Facilities also must offer recycling, implement paperless systems as appropriate, begin installing LED lighting and reduce plastic water bottle use.
Tier 1 facilities include the company’s service centres in Paris, Singapore, Valencia, Zurich and Indianapolis (Indiana). In addition to the base-level certification achievements, these facilities phased out single-use plastic items, installed motion-sensor lighting and ensured kitchen appliances and plumbing fixtures are energy efficient. These locations also developed policies to reduce idling in ground support equipment.
Textron Aviation stated that it remains an active participant in conversations and industry events dedicated to sustainability initiatives in aviation, including NATA’s certification. The company shared that it collaborates with suppliers and stakeholders to find the most efficient and future-forward ways to manufacture products and procure energy.
In 2020, the company signed a 20-year wind energy agreement with Evergy, which provides nearly all electricity needs through renewable energy for the company’s facilities in Wichita and Independence, Kansas. Additionally, all Textron Aviation turbine aircraft can operate with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and the company offers SAF as part of the regular customer service experience as supply allows.