Publish date: 28/02/2022

A Rangiora business has become the first flight training organisation in the world to achieve Toitū carbonzero certification.

Tie-Upp Aviation, based at Rangiora Airfield, achieved their carbon zero status last week after successfully undergoing the internationally-recognised Toitū Carbonzero Certification Programme. The programme measures a business’s greenhouse gas emissions, provides actionable management, reduction and offset strategies and includes an independent audit annually to verify the results. The Toitū carbonzero certification is recognised in over 60 countries.

Rodney Dodd of Tie-Upp Aviation says the company is thrilled to be the first organisation of its kind to achieve carbonzero certification. “This is a very significant achievement for Tie-Upp Aviation in our pursuit to be the lead player, globally, in sustainable, affordable and accessible pilot training. 

“Reaching this unique milestone further strengthens our resolve to create sustainable models for the future generations.”

Tie-Upp Aviation offers personalised and cost-effective pilot training, certification and licensing. Since its inception, the business has set out to operate in a sustainable manner, mindful of carbon and noise footprints. They opt to use aircraft that have a 75% reduction in fuel consumption and emit 16.2 tons fewer carbon emissions per commercial license than existing older generation trainer aircraft. The aircraft are also 35-40% quieter, significantly reducing the organisation's noise footprint. Mr Dodd says the Toitū certification is an acknowledgment of their efforts in these areas.

Toitū Envirocare is a subsidiary of Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research that works to sustain the future of the environment and the economy through a system of internationally-recognised environmental programmes aimed at helping businesses be more sustainable.

The Tie-Upp Aviation team were presented their certificate from Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey (pictured).