September 29, 2022

Alghabra releases Canada’s Aviation Climate Action Plan

Jon Robinson

Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra on September 27 announced the release of Canada’s Aviation Climate Action Plan 2022-2030. As outlined by the government, the action plan focuses on three main objectives, including: net zero emissions by 2050 for the Canadian aviation sector; an “ambitious goal” of 10 per cent for the use of sustainable aviation fuel by 2030; and pathways and actions that the Government of Canada and the aviation industry intend to work on to improve efficiency and reduce pollution.

The Government of Canada states that it has worked together with the aviation industry for more than a decade to reduce emissions that contribute to climate change. Transport Canada is now renewing this action plan in collaboration with federal partners and the aviation industry.

The Government of Canada describes its new action plan announced on September 27 as an important first step toward its net zero vision within Canadian aviation.

Canada’s Action Plan for Aviation will undergo a series of updates, the first in 2024, which will include reassessing long-term projections, strengthening short-term commitments, setting interim targets, and ensuring continued alignment with Canada’s climate commitments.

“Transportation, economy and climate should go hand-in-hand,” said Alghabra. “Canada’s Aviation Climate Action Plan is a good example of how we can come together to set a net-zero emission vision and lay out the actions needed to get us on the right path. Our government will engage with key stakeholders and the public to implement the activities in the Action Plan and explore additional measures to reduce pollution.”

Transport Canada renewed this action plan in collaboration with the following aviation industry partners: Aerospace Industries Association of Canada; Air Transport Association of Canada; Canadian Airports Council; Canadian Business Aviation Association; National Airlines Council of Canada; and NAV CANADA.

At COP 26, Canada signed onto the International Aviation Climate Ambition Coalition. The declaration includes a commitment to prepare an action plan detailing concrete efforts to reduce aviation emissions, and to submit the plan to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in advance of the 41st International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly.

View more information about Canada’s Aviation Climate Action Plan.

(Photo: Government of Canada)