Air Charter Scotland partners with South Pole to offset carbon emissions

Monday 4th April 2022

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  • Air Charter Scotland partners with South Pole to offset carbon emissions

Air Charter Scotland, a leading UK-based air charter and aircraft management company, is pleased to announce its first commitment to a worthy environmental and community project.  It is teaming with global sustainability consultancy South Pole to fully offset carbon emissions from its business jet fleet based out of London (Biggin Hill and Luton Airports), Glasgow and Malta.  Clients and charter brokers will be offered the option, effective immediately.


After close consultation with South Pole, Air Charter Scotland determined its initial project will help support a new, hydro power water project located on the Du River in the Hubei Province in China.   Newly designed to aid the supply of clean energy, it delivers clean electricity through the hydropower station with an installed capacity of 500MW,  reducing  pollution for the local community. 


“We have been evaluating doing something meaningful and tangible on carbon emissions for some time now,” said Air Charter Scotland COO Derek Thomson.  The business, founded 21 years ago, is looking forward to building its business relationship with South Pole, where it hopes to  support other international projects after an initial 12 months.  Air Charter Scotland is also investigating a suitable nature project in the UK  to invest in  later this year.


“Aviation contributes  to  2.5% of all global CO2 output.  B usiness aviation contributes a fraction of that – no more than 0.2% - and our sector continues to lead in the drive to sustainability with next gen alternative powered aircraft  the widening supply of sustainable aviation fuel at business aviation airports,” he highlighted.


“This Hubei project is a well-considered community programme our growing base of international clients can identify with.  It will enable the local community to tap into new, renewable energy sources and reduce its dependence on fossil fuels as the main source of power generation, sparing the environment from 782,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions on average per year.”


“South Pole supports this worthy project as a significant contributor to improved local transportation and communications systems.  It provides employment opportunities for 70  people plus training provision, as well as enhanced investments that benefit the local economy.  We are duly very pleased to be working with Derek Thomson and his team as they embark on their carbon offsetting journey with this valued initiative,” said   Agnieszka Kwolek, Aviation and Shipping Expert, South Pole.


Through its sustainability programmes, South Pole sees that 782,000 tonnes of CO2 are mitigated on average each year.




Hubei Pankou, South Pole Project

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Editor’s notes


Headquartered in Glasgow, with operational bases at London Luton, London Biggin Hill Airports, Glasgow Airport and Malta, Air Charter Scotland commenced charter flights 21 years ago.  It has a fully worldwide operation following the creation of Air Charter Scotland Europe in January 2021, and a new European AOC.  Its current fleet includes three Cessna Citation M2s, an XL and Citation Latitude; one Dassault Falcon 7X; two Embraer Legacy 500s and a Legacy 650, plus a Bombardier Challenger 350 on the Maltese Registry. The fleet is all offered for third party charter.


Air Charter Scotland is a member of the British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) and The Air Charter Association (ACA) where Derek Thomson is a Board member. 


South Pole


Founded in Switzerland in 2006, South Pole has been at the forefront of business decarbonisation, developing and implementing strategies that turn climate action into long-term business opportunities. For Fortune 500 companies, governments and organisations around the world, South Pole is more than a leading consultancy: its team of 700+ experts have developed climate action projects, created innovative tools for finance, APIs for automation, and carbon offset solutions that help clients reach their carbon mitigation and Net Zero goals.

South Pole supports all players across the aviation industry and assists airports, airlines, cargo operators, fuel providers, business aviation and travel agencies to take climate action.

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