AvAir Launches New Sustainability Initiative

AvAir has made steady investments in sustainability initiatives in recent years.
Credit: AvAir

Aftermarket inventory specialist AvAir is going greener through a new initiative to boost its sustainability efforts. It has begun working with environmental service and solutions provider WM to evaluate ways it can further boost sustainability throughout its operations.

Under the new investment, WM will review AvAir’s processes and data to gauge its environmental performance in areas such as waste, water, energy, fuel, transportation and other potential contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. WM will then provide recommendations to AvAir for ways to improve its operations and reduce its environmental impact.

A spokesperson for AvAir says the process is already underway and it plans to use these recommendations to establish specific goals and initiatives. “Measuring and managing AvAir’s impacts are the first steps to building a platform of best practices and establishing AvAir as a sustainability leader,” says the spokesperson. “Other goals include sustainability planning, assessing the company’s environmental impact and materials management, and developing a holistic sustainability agenda.”

AvAir has recently seen more customers focused on sustainability efforts, and its spokesperson says these companies are choosing to work with it due to its ongoing investment in greener operations. It has already won an aviation-industry environmental sustainability award for its previous efforts, including designing its Chandler, Arizona facility to be primarily powered by clean solar energy. AvAir’s business model also includes recycling and repairing serviceable parts for clients in place of discarding used parts.

“From how we serve our customers and employees to how our operations are run on a daily basis, we are always trying to improve our processes and services,” noted AvAir CEO Mike Bianco in a statement released Aug. 22. “Assessing our operations to improve efficiency and reduce environmental impacts is something my team and I care deeply about. We look forward to working hand-in-hand with the sustainability team at WM.”

Lindsay Bjerregaard

Lindsay Bjerregaard is managing editor for Aviation Week’s MRO portfolio. Her coverage focuses on MRO technology, workforce, and product and service news for AviationWeek.com, Aviation Week Marketplace and Inside MRO.