July 12, 2024

Air Canada shows commitment to sustainability

Air Canada has emphasised its commitment to sustainable development in the airline’s recently published 2022 Citizens of the World report.

The report is available to read online and highlights how the airline is incorporating sustainability into its daily operations across three sectors: environment, social and governance (ESG).

Highlights include the agreement to purchase 30 ES-30 electric-hybrid regional aircraft under development by Heart Aerospace, enlisting climate tech company CHOOOSE as its new carbon offset programme provider and investing $6.75 million into Canada-based climate solutions company Carbon Engineering.

The airline has also recruited eight corporate accounts (including cargo) to the Leave Less Travel Program to offset or reduce GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions that are related to business travel and reduce its carbon footprint. Air Canada’s first report aligned to the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) was also published in 2022. 

Michael Rousseau, President and Chief Executive Officer at Air Canada, said: “Last year was a pivotal one for our business. We celebrated our 85th anniversary and recovered from the pandemic’s effects on our industry, all while advancing our ESG priorities.” 

“As Canada’s flag carrier, we connect Canada to the world, and we are acutely aware of the responsibility we have toward the communities we fly to and our planet. We have developed corporate priorities to improve our operations while caring for our passengers, our employees and our communities, as well as preserving the planet we help people explore,” continued Rousseau.