Our Commitment Towards Sustainable Aviation
ITPS is the first Test Pilot School working towards sustainable aviation with the goal of becoming carbon neutral
To help achieve our environmental goals, we are supporting the Great Bear Forest Carbon Project which protects important carbon stores from future destruction. Working with LivClean, a top carbon offset retailer, ITPS is supporting environmental stewardship inside the traditional territories of the Haida Nation in British Columbia, Canada, home to the largest remaining intact coastal temperate rainforest in the world.
Beyond the carbon benefits, the Great Bear Forest Carbon Project protects the western red cedar, known as the “Tree of Life”, and important habitats for the Kermode bear, Black and Grizzly bears, and seacoast wolves. The project also preserves habitats for coastal and freshwater marine life.
By calculating the total emissions of our fleet of 29 aircraft, we are able to purchase carbon offsets to minimize our environmental footprint. Data is calculated based on 2021 fuel purchases and aviation fuel consumption.
2021 Related Emissions
|Fuel Type||Consumption (L)||Direct Emissions (tonnes CO2e)|
|Aviation Jet A or A1||566,275||1,784|
Timeline for Action
April 2022: First carbon offset purchase of 453 tonnes equals a 25% reduction of our 2021 carbon footprint
As shown on our LivClean Impact Dashboard, this offset purchase is equal to:
- Taking 33,066 cars off the road for a day
- Planting 4,530 trees and protecting them for 100 years
- Avoiding 547 passenger flights across North America
ITPS is participating in the Great Bear Forest Project, located in the traditional territories of the Haida Nation in British Columbia, Canada. This project, through converting logging forests, preserves existing carbon stocks and reduces the emissions caused by harvesting, road building and other forestry operations. The Great Bear initiative area covers more than 14 million acres in the Queen Charlotte/Haida Gwaii archipelago, home to the largest remaining intact coastal temperate rainforest and rich with old-growth forests.
In addition to the carbon benefits, this programme contributes to:
- Protecting Western Red Cedar trees, also known as the “Tree of Life”
- Preserving important coastal and freshwater habitats for marine life
- Safeguarding habitats for the Kermode, Black and Grizzly bears and Seacoast wolves
ITPS offset purchases are tracked on the BC Forest Carbon Offset Third Party Carbon Reduction Registry.
Read more information on the Great Bear Forest Carbon Project: Public Impact Statement – May 2022
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
ITPS encourages employees, students and vendors to make a positive impact on climate change through:
- Moving towards reusable kitchenware and installing water stations to minimize single-use plastics
- Promoting waste recycling with recycling bins at the school and hangars
- “Go Paperless” initiative to reduce printed documents using secure scan and save practices
- Implementing QR codes at events to reduce printed marketing materials
- Using recycled and sustainable forest material in office products
- Changing to LED lighting