The new IBAC Carbon Credit Exchange program is made possible by the new partnership with CTX, which introduced the world’s first electronic exchange for high-quality voluntary carbon credits in real-time more than a decade ago. Members of the exchange choose from a wide range of offset projects certified by the world’s three leading carbon credit standards:
• The Gold Standard
• UNFCCC Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)
• Verra Verified Carbon Standard (VCS)
Market-based measures, as identified in the Business Aviation Commitment on Climate Change (BACCC), outlined that offsetting is part of the ICAO basket of measures to help the industry achieve the goal of carbon-neutral growth. Carbon credits can be used in the near term as a supplement to other decarbonization actions, such as operational improvements, use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), and newer, more efficient aircraft, contributing to emissions reductions now while the benefits of other measures accumulate over the longer term.
“Operators should first assess the degree to which further fuel efficiencies and emissions reductions can be gained, at reasonable expense, from new technology, enhancements, and the use of SAF,” stated IBAC Environment Director, Bruce Parry. “Operational improvements, for example, can include reducing unnecessary weight in the aircraft, fuel tankering, and the use of electrical ground power. The remaining impacts can then be offset. It’s critical that offsetting be a part of an overall plan to reduce our carbon footprint and not be considered a free pass to ignore attainable environmental reduction measures.”
IBAC Director General, Kurt Edwards commented, “While the industry strives to meet its decarbonization goals directly, offsetting is a supplemental tool that allows operators to mitigate emissions now by financing carbon reductions achieved in projects outside the sector. We chose to partner with CTX because of their experience in the market and transparent business model. Their fixed fee transactions allow 95% of the funds collected to go directly to accredited projects. And IBAC exchange members will have the freedom to choose to support projects that align with their corporate strategy, whether it’s wind energy farms in North America or clean water efforts in Southeast Asia.”
The offset process begins with fuel monitoring, an industry best practice as recommended by IBAC. Fuel management will help determine CO2 emissions once other efficiencies are in place. Calculating the emissions is done by using the ICAO-defined ratio of jet fuel CO2 production of 3.16 units of CO2 per one unit of fuel consumed. For example, ten metric tonnes of jet fuel used would need 31.6 metric tonnes of carbon credits to fully offset.
Carbon Trade Exchange CEO Wayne Sharpe is buoyant, saying, “the best way to start reducing emissions is to cost them in the business, and our low-cost solution helps maximize results and profits for the Business Aviation sector. Importantly, operators can choose the projects from around the world they want to support with 95% of the purchase proceeds going to the projects selected. We are very proud to be part of this game changing solution and such fabulous business leadership on a global scale.”
Working with the leading trusted global carbon offset standards, CTX provides a variety of options to support any carbon offset budget, starting as little as $1.00-$2.00 per tonne of CO2e.
Once carbon credits are purchased, the offset will be issued, and unique certificates of cancelation that cannot be sold or claimed again will be provided to the buyer. CTX is an exchange that works directly with project developers and thereby offers prices at a wholesale rate. There are no intermediaries between CTX and Project Developers, resulting in an efficient and transparent offset purchasing experience.
As a special offer to the business aviation community, CTX is offering the IBAC business aviation community a 20% discount off the initial membership fee until 31 December 2021 using the discount code IBAC2021. Please visit the IBAC-EX web page for more details or register now to become a CTX-Business Aviation Carbon Offsetting member. Contact Bruce Parry at email@example.com with questions or CTX at IBAC@ctxglobal.com.
IBAC represents the interests of business aviation worldwide. IBAC is a non-profit, international trade association with official observer status at the International Civil Aviation Organization, the UN Specialized Agency for aviation matters, in Montreal, Canada. IBAC promotes and manages the industry-leading standards for best safety practices through its International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAOTM); International Standard for Business Aviation Handling (IS-BAHTM); Safety Management Tool Kit; SMS eLearning training; and Aircrew Identification Card. www.ibac.org
Carbon Trade Exchange (CTX) is the first and still the only global electronic exchange for the voluntary carbon market, operating successfully for almost ten years, over which time tens of millions of tonnes of CO2 reductions certified by the major international standards have been securely transacted by corporates, project developers, brokers, and NGOs. CTX offers a comprehensive, transparent, and secure electronic marketplace for buyers and sellers of certified Gold Standard and Verified Carbon Standard VERs (Verified Emission Reductions, also known as carbon credits or carbon offsets).