Air Canada has set the following greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction targets to ensure meaningful process towards our net zero goal.
from air operations compared to 2019 baseline by 2030
from air operations compared to 2019 baseline by 2030
from ground operations compared to 2019 baseline by 2030
in sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and carbon reductions and removals by 2030
We will continue to deploy our modernized and energy efficient Airbus A220 and Boeing 737 MAX narrow-body fleets that are more efficient compared to older aircraft, projecting an average of approximately 20% less fuel consumption per seat, roughly 20% less CO2e, and 50% less nitrogen oxide.
Where feasible, we install energy-saving equipment in our indoor and outdoor facilities, such as high-efficiency heating and cooling systems and low-energy LED lighting, and we’re adding electrical car charging stations to support sustainable commuting.
Our initiatives range from operational improvements, such as single engine taxiing, to aircraft weight reduction through lightweight crew luggage and lighter onboard carts.
Air Canada’s livery paint system uses the latest technology designed to reduce our carbon footprint through significant weight savings.
Air Canada has improved precise plan fueling. We also educate pilots and fuel suppliers to reduce over-fueling, saving approximately 915 metric tonnes of CO2e per year.
We’re reducing GHG emissions by using alternative energy to power our ground support vehicles and replacing diesel-based baggage tractors with lithium-ion tractors, which has contributed to the reduction of more than 112 tonnes of GHG emissions since December 2020.
Hydrogen, electric and hybrid aircraft technologies present exciting future opportunities for the aviation industry.
Air Canada will remain actively involved in getting these innovative technologies off the ground and will support commercial scale up while always promoting safety and performance.
Air Canada allocated $50 million investment fund towards sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), other low carbon aviation fuel (LCAF) development, carbon reduction and removal technologies, and we will evaluate the practical applications of renewable energy sources such as biogas and renewable electricity, and energy transition measures.
In addition to carbon offsets, Air Canada will explore other opportunities to reduce its GHG emissions such as carbon capture and carbon removal technologies for compliance, customer offerings and more.
Air Canada is committed to reducing the waste we generate and integrating responsible disposal practices across our operations. We’re minimizing single-use plastic by rethinking our supply chain, and as of now, we removed 47.8 million single-use plastic items from our flights.
We’re proud to donate to community and charitable organizations whenever possible, which allows us to help those in need and reduce our waste footprint by giving out-of-service items a second life.
Our uniform recycling program allows us to repurpose, recycle or reuse our used and surplus uniforms.Learn more
Unused onboard amenities are collected and sent to those in need through various charitable organizations.
Gently used onboard duvets, blankets and mattress pads are dry-cleaned and distributed to local charities.
We continually work to increase recycling throughout our air and ground operations with the following initiatives.
In 2019, we implemented a centralized waste program at our Montreal headquarters, and in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg and Toronto. We are continuing to roll out this program in our offices across Canada.
We have established recycling processes at our six Canadian hubs, where newspapers, magazines, plastic bottles, aluminum cans and other beverage containers onboard our domestic flights are recycled.
Air Canada works to ensure e-waste and batteries are disposed of properly with designated collection bins located across our facilities. Whenever possible, we also donate used electronics such as monitors and computer accessories to non-profit organizations and schools.Learn how we recycle used pilot iPads
We installed special boxes in high-use areas at our facilities to responsibly recycle disposable personal protective equipment (PPE) necessary due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Air Canada is proud to provide a Leave Less travel offering to its corporate customers with opportunities to reduce their carbon footprint related to business travel.
The program consists of 4 simple steps:
Air Canada tracks and calculates the GHG emissions associated with customers’ business travel.
Companies choose how they want to mitigate their GHG emissions associated with their business travel: SAF and/or carbon offsets.
Air Canada purchases the required SAF volumes and facilitates the purchase of carbon offsets.
Companies contribute to their sustainability goals.
SAF contributes to emissions reduction by reducing GHG emissions directly at the source. Air Canada ensures that all SAF purchased is sustainably sourced and will implement a SAF Book and Claim system in line with industry best practices:
Corporate customers have the opportunity to purchase carbon offsets through certified projects.
Most leading businesses have rigorous sustainability targets, including reduction targets.
Customers, investors and shareholders are demanding sustainable business strategies.
More and more customers are factoring sustainability into their purchasing decisions.
For more information, please reach out to your Air Canada corporate sales representative. If you don’t have a representative, please submit your email and someone from our team will reach out to you directly.