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Signature Aviation Environmental Corporate Responsibility

Environment

Leading the industry on environmental matters is a fundamental part of Signature Aviation's strategy. We have a responsibility to raise the bar and drive change and we also see an opportunity to create value through further differentiation and engagement with customers, airport partners and employees as environmental expectations grow.

During 2020 we set ambitious carbon reduction targets and launched the Signature Renew global environmental sustainability programme to drive innovation and progress across the organisation and promote our efforts to stakeholders.

In December 2020 we were delighted to be named in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) A list for climate change.

Carbon Disclosure Project

We are pleased to participate in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) global environmental reporting initiative.

In December 2020 we joined the CDP climate change A list of 270 companies recognised by CDP as leaders in corporate sustainability and demonstrable action on climate.

Our 2020 CDP report can be downloaded here.

Net Zero emission target

In September 2020 we committed to the Paris Agreement Goal to reduce our Scope 1 and 2 emissions to Net Zero by 2050 at the latest. From our 2018 baseline, our interim milestones over the next ten years are to deliver a minimum 29% reduction in emissions by 2025 and a 50% reduction by 2030.

Culture and awareness

Our employees place a high value on social and environmental responsibility. 

We aim to inspire a culture of environmental stewardship and awareness at every site to reduce our use of key resources, increase recycling and limit waste, and eliminate environmental incidents such as fuel spills. 

Signature Renew

Signature Renew encompasses the work we are doing to reduce our own emissions through our real estate investment programme, our operations, and our ground support equipment (GSE) and our programme to accelerate the adoption of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) in the B&GA industry and enable our customers to fly more responsibly.

Visit the Signature sustainability page here.

Real estate

Environmental considerations are embedded into our infrastructure investment decisions to deliver lower impact buildings (FBO terminals, hangars and GSE shops) and customer and crew services such as charging points for electric cars. At any one time we have a wide range of active new build and renovation projects, and for every project we explore the opportunity for LEED certification, the installation of solar and the inclusion of charging stations.

We currently have eight LEED or LEED Silver certified FBO buildings in the network and 11 hangars/ancillary buildings, with further projects in train. Our San Diego FBO building is Platinum certified, the highest possible grade.

Where it is not possible to pursue LEED certification on a project. we include the following environmental measures as standards: orientation for natural light; low emission EV glass, LED lighting, energy efficient heating and ventilation (HVAC) systems; and occupancy sensors on hangar lighting and non-front-of-house areas.

Deployment of solar projects has also increased, and we have a strong pipeline of future candidate locations in the USA and EMEA.

Operations and equipment

We have many electric items in our 8,000 strong ground support equipment (GSE) fleet. Environmental performance is an important aspect of our GSE renewal (and reduction) programme and, where alternative technology is not yet commercially available, for example fuel trucks, we focus on vehicles with lower emission, efficient diesel engines.

Environmental performance

We have voluntarily reported environmental metrics for more than 15 years and data is normalised for comparison purposes to revenue. We use the services of an external consultant to review and provide third party verification of the process for collecting and consolidating this data.

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2020

Electricity Consumption KiloWattHr/$m revenue 49,241 46,308 38,733 40,144 55,184
GHG Emission Tonnes/$m revenue 38.29 37.46 30.78 31.30 40.66
Water Consumption 1,000 liters/$m revenue 159 180  122 146 221