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EcoJetStream First to Offset Private Jet Carbon

19 February 2009 No Comment

By Helen Kaiao Chang

This post originally appeared in Plenty Magazine

EcoStreamJet is the first jet carrier brokerage firm to offset all the carbon emitted on by its flights booked for clients. It is the first jet brokerage to include 100% offsets – taken from the company’s gross profits, without extra charge to the customer.  These offset are purchased through Native Energy, a renewable energy provider.

EcoStreamJet founder Ric Shiarella – a professional jet pilot, flying instructor and long-time environmental activist – hopes to eventually address fundamental changes in the industry. “In our society, air travel is very, very, very firmly well-ingrained,” he said. The company’s goal is to reduce the industry’s pollution and “join with people in significant ways to research those alternative ways of propelling airplanes.”

Just because you don’t go to work by private jet doesn’t mean it doesn’t affect you. A short 1.5 hour flight from Teterboro, New Jersey, to Midway, Chicago, burns enough jet fuel to emit nine tons of carbon. That’s a lot.

EcoStreamJet is the first jet carrier brokerage firm to offsets 100% of the carbon emitted on all its flights booked for clients. These offset are purchased through NativeEnergy, a renewable energy provider, whose projects include methane and wind energy.

Other mainstream brokerages, such as Expedia.com, offer voluntary carbon offset purchase programs. Commercial airlines, such as Delta and Continental, also give customers the option to pay more for carbon offsets. But EcoStreamJet is the first jet brokerage to include offsets on 100 percent of its flights, which are taken from the company’s gross profits, without price increases to the customer.

EcoStreamJet founder Ric Shiarella – a professional jet pilot, flying instructor and lifelong environmental activist – hopes to eventually address fundamental changes in the industry. “In our society, air travel is very, very, very firmly well-ingrained,” he said. The company’s goal is to reduce the industry’s pollution and “join with people in significant ways to research those alternative ways of propelling airplanes.”

Helen Kaiao Chang is a ghostwriter, editor and journalist. She can be reached at www.ghostwriter-needed.com.

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