GHG Emissions - March 16, 2021
Air Canada targets net zero emissions in flights and ground operations by 2050
Air Canada announced March 15 its commitment to net zero emissions in all its operations globally by 2050.
The airline set an interim goal of reducing absolute emissions 20% from flights and 30% from ground operations by 2030 compared to a 2019 baseline. Additionally, it committed to investing $50 million in Sustainable Aviation Fuel and carbon reduction and removal activities.
“Economic growth and sustainability are equally important, and we have a strong track record for both,” Michael Rousseau, president and chief executive officer at Air Canada, said in a statement. “Despite the severe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we remain deeply committed to long-term sustainability. Climate change is critical, and we believe we can and must do more to address this for the future of our environment. This is why we are further embedding climate considerations into our strategic decision-making, and undertaking a very ambitious plan that is meaningful, will support Canada's leadership position on climate change, advance de-carbonization in the airline industry while keeping fares affordable for customers.”
To achieve these carbon goals, Air Canada has outlined some projects to focus on. It will continue to deploy the more efficient Airbus A220 and Boeing 737 MAX models that are expected to use 20% less fuel per seat and emit 20% less CO2 and 50% less nitrogen oxides than older models. The airline will also phase out carbon-intensive ground equipment, further advance electric vehicles and seek other electrification opportunities.
With its investment into Sustainable Aviation Fuels, Air Canada will also work to evaluate the practical applications of renewable energy sources like biogas and renewable electricity. Its investments will also go toward innovation in new electric, hydrogen or hybrid technologies in addition to short-haul transportation opportunities and electric drones to complement its global business network.