New Sustainability Standards Program to be Introduced at EBACE2022

21 April 2022

An ambitious program called S.T.A.R.S. – Standards & Training for Aviation Responsibility and Sustainability – will get its official launch at the 2022 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2022), taking place 23-25 May in Geneva, Switzerland.

S.T.A.R.S. has been initiated by young business aviation professionals from half a dozen companies in Europe who want to take a holistic approach to sustainability, going beyond emissions reductions and extending the concept to such “social” concerns as workplace diversity and inclusion, said Róman Kok, EBAA communications manager.

“It’s very ambitious what these young people have done,” Kok said, noting that sustainability is the biggest challenge facing business aviation today.

The pilot S.T.A.R.S. program in Europe is now underway, and early participants have devised a three-tier program of goal-setting, progress monitoring and full implementation. They are working toward development and introduction of industry-wide sustainability standards “and an accompanying label,” according to EBAA.

Kok notes that key to the program’s success will be the integration of the S.T.A.R.S. label into existing requirements for IS-BAO , and IS-BAH , two sets of best practices produced by the International Business Aviation Council.

At EBACE2022, the program’s participants will outline its schedule, which includes completion of the current pilot program by July, a progress audit in September and final feedback in October. Approximately 10 organizations may achieve full Tier 3 S.T.A.R.S. status by 2025.

The S.T.A.R.S. session at EBACE2022 is slated for May 24.

Beyond Europe, EBAA’s Young Ambassadors, who are heading up the program, see application of S.T.A.R.S., in North America, and ultimately in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia.

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