Fly Eco-friendly

Fly Eco-friendly

12 July, 2016
Travel Green!
Air Canada’s efforts to go green and protect the planet
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In 2015, flights have produced 770 million tonnes of CO2. This equates to approximately two per cent of our global carbon emissions. Flights are also responsible for 12 per cent of CO2 emissions from all transport sources. It is becoming an apparent problem, and Air Canada has been taking great measures to reduce their carbonl footprint.
 
Air Canada, one of our staple airlines when flying, is one of the most environmentally conscious airlines in the world. They are making great efforts to integrate environmental considerations into their business decisions and to minimize their carbon footprint.
 
Air Canada’s mission is to connect people to the world, so of course, when the world is faced with such a serious issue of sustainability and climate change, they are committed to do their part to reduce their ecological footprint.
 
It is estimated that emissions from the world airline industry will project to approximately five per cent of global carbon emissions by 2050. This is why Air Canada is dedicated in taking critical steps to address the issue. They are not only in full support of the Canadian government in Canada’s Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, but have also endorsed targets set by the International Air Transport Association to cut CO2 emissions by 50 per cent by 2050, relative to 2005 levels.
 
Air Canada also established an Environmental Management System based on the International Organization of Standardization to address long-term environmental issues and challenges. They have created a four-pillar strategy to achieve this as well, including the use of new technology, improved operations, infrastructure changes, and bringing in the use of economic instruments.
 
Their approach is two-fold: Leave less, meaning that they promote less carbon, less energy, less waste, and less noise; and Do more, addressing environmental issues with more collaborations and partnerships with industry partners.
 
Less Carbon
To achieve this, Air Canada is investing in new aircraft, which is expected to deliver a 20 per cent improvement in efficiency over the aircraft they are replacing. They are also planning to introduce 37 new aircraft in the future, which all work towards producing less carbon emissions.
 
Less Emissions
Air Canada has been incredibly successful in improving their fuel efficiency, improving by 37 per cent between 1990 and 2014. They have also taken great measures to fly lighter and smarter, making sure to have more accurate amounts of fuel onboard for safety, lighter equipment, and less paint on planes. To fly smarter, Air Canada advocates for shorter and more direct routes of flying, and have also made changes to the pilots’ Standard Operating Procedure, which has resulted in significant fuel and emission savings.
 
Less Waste
Air Canada also took great measures to reduce their waste, reducing the amount of paper they use by adopting electronic processes to eliminate paper. Back in 2007, Air Canada was the first airline in North America to offer electronic boarding passes! They also recycle newspaper, magazines, cans, and old issues of in-flight magazines whenever possible.
 
Less Noise
Along with multiple stakeholders, including airport authorities and local government, Air Canada also attempts to improve the noise conditions around an airport. When designing new aircraft, they also take the noise impact into great consideration.
 
Do More
Air Canada is doing more by committing more, working with industry partners, communities, employees and customers. They support initiatives that promote environmental responsibility, for example Wildlife Media’s documentary, eco-tourism, Project Green, Parks Canada, are part of the Star Alliance. They also have programs such as Work@Home, reducing workers’ emissions, and participate in many environmental events all year round!
 
Bonus: Aeroplan Miles!
Use your frequent flyer miles to offset your carbon footprint! Aeroplan will match the miles you redeem, plus an additional 20%, by transferring the total amount toward carbon offsets from Offsetters, Canada’s leading provider of sustainability and carbon management solutions.

Travel the world, but keep the earth safe and fly eco-friendly!
 

By: Charly Cheung
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