Air bp is the sole aviation fuel supplier at Cascais Airport which as well as serving the coastal city of Cascais is also a convenient base for those travelling to Lisbon. The airport is believed to be the first in the world where the carbon emissions associated with Jet A-1 and Avgas are offset on an on-going basis. In addition, Cascais is also part of a global network of Air bp operated facilities that have achieved carbon neutrality for our into-plane fuelling services.
Air bp’s carbon offset programme is supported by bp Target Neutral, which specialises in helping businesses to reduce, replace and neutralise their carbon emissions. The process of offsetting starts with calculating how many tonnes of carbon are emitted through the combustion of aviation fuel. Carbon credits are then purchased for the same amount of emissions, effectively balancing out the carbon emitted.
The carbon credits are purchased from carbon reduction projects around the world within the bp Target Neutral portfolio. These projects are carefully selected on the basis of their contribution to reducing carbon emissions and their potential to support the UN’s sustainable development goals. Each project has to meet a rigorous list of requirements and be independently verified.
Commenting on the initiative at Cascais Airport Ricardo Diniz, general aviation director, West Mediterranean Air bp said:
“This carbon offsetting programme marks an important milestone at this airport for Air bp, our partners and the community of Cascais. We are committed to helping our customers and the airport get a better understanding of the carbon footprint of their aviation fuel and then offset the carbon emissions from the production, refining, distribution and combustion of the fuels. To our knowledge, this is the first airport in the world where the carbon emissions associated with all aviation fuel are offset on an on-going basis”.
Carlos Carreiras, mayor of Cascais added:
"For companies or organisations, sustainability is not just a purpose. It is a crucial part of the operation and the business. The companies or organisations most able to survive in the competitive environment of the 21st century are those that are capable of creating a relationship of responsibility and reciprocity with the community, with customers, suppliers and with the environment. We are very pleased and proud of this collaboration with bp that will make Cascais Airport the first in the world where the carbon emissions from all aviation fuel are offset. Whoever departs from Cascais is truly making a trip to a greener and more sustainable future."