Edmonton International Airport (EIA) and Air Canada are to sign a new partnership which aims to reduce carbon emissions and advance sustainability in the aviation sector.
The organizations will work together to test emerging green technologies at EIA’s Airport City Sustainability Campus, an ecosystem created to foster environmental innovation. The partnership will focus on initiatives that will promote a cleaner environment and includes the following areas of research:
- 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 2.
Myron Keehn, VP, air service and business development, Edmonton International, said, “Finding good partners who share our core values is critical. 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.”