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Air Canada and Edmonton airport partnering for sustainability

Working together to test emerging green technologies at EIA's Airport City Sustainability Campus


May 19, 2021
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Edmonton International Airport (EIA) and Air Canada are signing a new partnership to reduce carbon emissions and increase the sustainability of the aviation sector.

The EIA-Air Canada Sustainability Partnership aims to reduce the carbon impact of air travel with both organizations working together to test emerging green technologies at EIA’s Airport City Sustainability Campus.

The partnership will focus on initiatives that will promote a cleaner environment and include the following:

  • Electrification of aviation equipment
  • Hydrogen fuel cell technologies
  • Green power generation using Airport City Solar, the world’s largest airport-based solar farm
  • Development and usage of sustainable aviation fuels, biofuels and hydrogen
  • Replacement of single-use plastics with plant-fibre materials
  • Drones for e-commerce and cargo delivery
  • Other initiatives in industries such as agriculture and forestry to offset carbon emissions

“Finding good partners who share our core values is critical,” said Myron Keehn, vice-president, air service and business development, Edmonton International Airport.

“Air Canada is passionate about reducing its environmental impact and our partnership shows how airlines and airports can work together to promote a sustainable future. This is only the beginning as we know that there are tremendous opportunities to lead in both an environmentally and economically sustainable way.”

Expansion to other airports

According to Samuel Elfassy, vice-president, safety at Air Canada, the ground operations emission reductions could potentially be applied at other airports in Canada and internationally.

EIA and Air Canada partnered in 2018 on an Edmonton to San Francisco flight that used sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), reducing the net emissions from this flight by 20 percent. Air Canada and EIA will continue to pursue and advocate for the development of sustainable aviation fuels as a critical step to reduce carbon emissions.

As part of its commitment to net zero emissions from all global operations by 2050, Air Canada has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions from flights by 20 percent by 2030 and from ground operations by 30 percent compared to a 2019 baseline. EIA is the first and only airport in the world to sign The Climate Pledge, committing to be carbon neutral by 2040.