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Nov 09, 2021

Joby's Commitment to the Planet

JoeBen BevirtCEO & Founder, Joby Aviation

Growing up amongst the redwoods on the coast of California instilled in me a commitment and a deep sense of responsibility to protect our planet. I founded Joby more than ten years ago with the belief that electric propulsion would — one day — play a significant role in doing just that. 

Today, aviation accounts for 3% of the world’s carbon emissions, but the sector’s true impact is almost three times that figure. Combustion-powered aircraft also release water vapor and nitrous oxide into the atmosphere, which are powerful contributors to global warming.

Though important for today’s aircraft, sustainable aviation fuels are unable to address these additional emissions or fully eliminate aviation’s carbon footprint. A rapid, significant reduction in the sector’s environmental impact requires us to find ways to speed up the development of true zero-emissions solutions.

At Joby, we have worked for more than a decade to design an all-electric aircraft with zero operating emissions. With less per-passenger energy consumption than market-leading electric cars, we intend to build an aerial ridesharing service that will make clean, quiet flight a part of everyday life.

Certification of our aircraft is well under way, and we are focused on building an aerospace company — a global manufacturer and service operator — that incorporates sustainability into every facet of our company. 

With the United Nations’ 26th Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP) under way, I want to share some of the steps Joby is taking to help preserve our planet.

Zero Emission Operations

  • True zero emissions aircraft operations: no CO2, no water vapor trail, no NOX
  • Sourcing renewable energy at all Joby-operated skyports

Leading the Industry

  • Creating a new path to net zero aviation sector emissions through the use of electric and hydrogen aviation credits, working alongside JetBlue Airways and Signature Flight Support
  • Shaping policies of the future as the first eVTOL company to join ICAO’s Global Coalition for Aviation Sustainability 
  • Working with global governments to accelerate an electric and hydrogen future for aviation
  • Aligning our sustainability initiatives with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Sustainable Manufacturing

  • Sourcing renewable energy at primary Joby facilities by the end of 2022 
  • Responsible water usage at all Joby facilities
  • Working with supply chain partners who embody and are accountable to our Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals
  • Implementing an environmental management system for both compliance and sustainability reporting 
  • Holding ourselves accountable through a life cycle analysis conducted by the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)