Air Canada has been named the 2018 Eco-Airline of the Year by the airline industry publication Air Transport World in its 44th Annual Airline Industry Achievement Awards.
In recognizing Air Canada’s environmental accomplishments, ATW cited the carrier’s commitment to emissions reductions through supporting the development of alternative fuels and its numerous green programs and partnerships, including being the first airline in the world to voluntarily join the World Bank’s IMF Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition.
“Air Canada has made sustainability central to its decision-making and business processes, and this includes acting responsibly with respect to the environment,” said Air Canada president Calin Rovinescu. “We are very pleased that ATW has recognized the effectiveness of our environmental programs, including our participation in the development and support of alternative fuels in Canada, and our efforts to contribute to healthier communities. We have made great strides, improving fuel efficiency by 40 per cent since 1990, and this award will further spur us on to the goals we have set for ourselves to continually improve our environmental performance.”
Air Canada has a four-pillar approach to reduce emissions through technology, operations, infrastructure and economic instruments. Among other things, the airline is a partner in biofuel research in co-operation with the Canada Biojet Supply Chain Initiative and the Civil Aviation Alternate Fuel Contrail and Emissions Research.