Our Commitment to the Environment
The NACC’s member airlines are committed to environmentally responsible air travel and have been global leaders in their efforts to improve fuel efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and the promotion of sustainable aviation fuels.
Passenger air travel accounts for approximately 2% of all fossil fuel-related emissions worldwide.
While this is a small part of the overall GHG-emission picture, we recognize the need to reduce emissions from aviation through initiatives such as “Canada’s Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aviation“ and the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).
The NACC’s members have employed a number of methods to make fuel efficiency improvements. They continue to invest in their respective fleet renewal programs, which will continue to introduce new more efficient aircraft into their fleets.
The carriers also continue to institute policies and procedures that impact their operations by either improving efficiency or reducing fuel burn. These usually fall into the following categories:
- Aircraft modifications and maintenance
- Aircraft operation
- Cargo and Baggage Operations
- In flight/catering
- Ground equipment operations.
Sustainable Aviation Fuels
Aviation jet fuel derived from fossil fuels is a type of kerosene (a distilled petroleum product invented by a Canadian). While the fuel burns quite efficiently compared to other fossil-based transportation fuels, it is still responsible for GHG emissions (approximately 2% of global emissions).
Great advances are being made in the move toward a carbon-neutral aviation fuel, with ongoing tests of sustainable aviation fuel made from various sources such as waste and purpose-grown plants which do not compete with food. NACC supports measures to encourage the domestic production and use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels.