Published on September 22nd, 2022 | by Alan Dwyer


SMBC Launches Sustainability Solution for Airlines

SMBC Aviation Capital has this week launched a sustainability solution for its airline customers, including an initial $53.3 million investment in high quality carbon credit programmes that align with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SMBC Aviation Capital, via its innovation hub, collaborated with airlines to develop an initiative to help its customers achieve their net zero targets. In addition, it is the first major global leasing company to introduce a carbon credit programme to help airlines execute their CORSIA (Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation) commitments.

This programme will also help airlines deliver on their ESG strategies by providing access to a portfolio of carbon credits certified by the world’s leading carbon standards in the least Developed Countries (LDCs), alongside one of the most fuel-efficient fleets in the world. Airlines and investors can acquire carbon credits from SMBC Aviation Capital either as part of a lease contract or independently. This can offer airlines significant advantages including access to carbon credits that are of high quality, increased certainty over accreditation and a more predictable, and fixed-cost supply of credits. The credits are based on energy-efficient cookstove projects in Africa, Asia and the Americas, which are certified by Gold Standard and Verra. These projects also align with several of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals including good health and well-being, gender equality and climate action. Part of the investment will also support local community initiatives in LDCs such as irrigation schemes and microfinance opportunities for women.

Peter Barrett

Commenting on the new initiative, the CEO of SMBC Aviation Capital, Peter Barrett said, “SMBC Aviation Capital is committed to playing a leading role in helping our customers achieve their sustainability targets. We have worked to understand how we can be a significant driver of the airline industry’s transition to net zero, with today’s announcement being our first initiative ahead of developing further solutions for airlines. In a “hard to abate sector”, carbon offsetting is an interim measure, however, it also enables a strong positive environmental and social impact in Africa, Asia and South America. Our industry is prepared to face up to the environmental challenge. By taking action and by working together, we can make positive change.”

SMBC continue to be busy with new aircraft deliveries to their customers. During September so far, the leasing company delivered a new Airbus A321neo to Aegean Airlines, a Boeing 737Max to FlyDubai and three more Airbus A320neo’s have been delivered to Spirit Airlines as part of the 14 aircraft deal announced last year.

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