02.10.20-Press Releases-Sustainability
02.10.20-Press Releases-Sustainability

Clay Lacy Aviation Engages World Kinect Energy Services to Develop Comprehensive Sustainability Program


Multifaceted approach will significantly reduce carbon footprint of Clay Lacy facilities and enable business aviation clients to operate sustainably

(Los Angeles—February 10, 2020) Clay Lacy Aviation has engaged World Kinect Energy Services a subsidiary of World Fuel Services Corporation, to assist Clay Lacy Aviation in developing a comprehensive sustainability program with the goal of significantly reducing Clay Lacy’s carbon footprint as a large business aviation operator. The multifaceted program will attempt to reduce the carbon footprint of Clay Lacy facilities, as well as offering Clay Lacy Aviation’s clients a simpler way to purchase carbon credits to offset their flying activity.

“Operating safely and responsibly, while continually adding value for our clients, is at the core of our business philosophy,” said Brian Kirkdoffer, President and CEO, Clay Lacy Aviation. “Reducing our carbon footprint and offering clients an easy, verifiable way to operate their planes sustainably is simply the right thing to do. We see this program as an important step toward making business aviation sustainable and helping our industry achieve its climate objectives.”

Clay Lacy Aviation facilities in California and Connecticut

Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Clay Lacy Aviation Facilities
Upon completion of a comprehensive facility assessment and interviews with key personnel, World Kinect Energy Services will assist Clay Lacy in creating a sustainability program with energy reduction targets and milestones.  Initial projects may include installing a solar array, eliminating single-use plastics, transitioning ground equipment from diesel to electric and upgrading to LED lighting.  Future initiatives may include provisioning for electric and alternative-fuel aircraft, installation of additional electric vehicle charging stations, and providing sustainable jet fuel as supply becomes available.

Offsetting Fuel Purchases and Flight Activity
Clay Lacy Aviation expects to be one of the first FBOs in the United States to offer Gold Standard carbon offsets bundled with fuel purchases at the company’s Van Nuys Airport FBO. World Kinect Energy Services, itself and through its affiliates, will offer carbon offsets to Clay Lacy Aviation. Clay Lacy Aviation intends to make carbon offsets available to jet charter and management customers on an individual flight or aggregate basis.

“Clay Lacy Aviation has a proven history of being a leader and trend setter,” said Paul Vian, Senior Vice President of World Kinect Energy Services. “We are delighted to be partnering with them to develop this innovative, multi-dimensional program that may serve as a viable model for other business aviation companies to follow.”

About World Kinect Energy Services
World Kinect Energy Services is trusted by customers worldwide to deliver conventional and renewable liquid fuels, lubricants, electricity and natural gas.  With 35 years of experience, World Kinect Energy Services develops innovative zero emission strategies, provides energy efficiency, regulatory compliance advice and full infrastructure feasibility.  The company facilitates fuel, wind and solar power, along with sustainability services and data management for international brands and local businesses. With boots on the ground in the US, Mexico and Canada, local energy experts get to know each business and deliver customized energy solutions.

For aviation-related inquiries, please contact Pete Stevens at pstevens@wfscorp.com or visit world-kinect.com.

About Clay Lacy Aviation
Founded in 1968 by legendary aviator and industry pioneer Clay Lacy. Today, Clay Lacy Aviation is considered the world’s most experienced operator of private jets. Prominent individuals and leading corporations trust Clay Lacy for aircraft management, charter, maintenance, avionics, interiors and FBO services. The company has aircraft operations and regional offices across the U.S., including a full-service FBO at Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles, and FAA Part 145 aircraft maintenance centers in Los Angeles, San Diego and Oxford, Connecticut. With the most knowledgeable team in the industry, Clay Lacy delivers superior safety, service and value to aircraft owners and jet travelers worldwide. Visit claylacy.com.

Press Contacts
Scott Cutshall
Clay Lacy Aviation
+1 (818) 989-2900 X706

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