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Canadian Industry Agrees Voluntary GHG Targets

by Mike Godfrey,, Washington

28 June 2012

The Canadian government has announced the launch of an Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) from Aviation, agreed with the Canadian aviation industry, in support of efforts to meet internationally-agreed carbon reduction targets.

The Plan, launched by Canadian Minister for Transport, Steven Fletcher and Peter Kent, the Minister for the Environment, aims to improve the efficiency and environmental performance of the aviation sector building upon the public-private approach taken to date. The Plan details specific measures, and includes commitments from the Canadian government, the Aerospace Industries Assocation of Canada, the Air Transport Association of Canada, the Canadian Business Aviation Association, The National Airlines Council of Canada, and NAV CANADA (Canada's civil air navigation service).

Fletcher stated: “This Plan is good for the economy and good for the environment. It brings together the joint efforts of the aviation industry to increase fuel efficiency, reduce environmental impacts and protect the long-term health of Canadians. We are working together to reduce aviation emissions and lower fuel costs.”

“We have a plan and continue to make progress on reducing Canada's GHG emissions,” Kent said. “We are one-quarter of the way towards meeting our Copenhagen target.”

The Action Plan will contribute to meeting Canada’s clean air goals and forms the basis of Canada’s response to the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Assembly Resolution A37-19. The Resolution, adopted in October 2010, set voluntary goals for international aviation emissions and encouraged member states to submit national action plans by June 2012 outlining their respective policies and actions.

The Action Plan aims to improve fuel efficiency by an average of at least 2% per year until 2020, which will help Canada’s target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 17% from 2005 levels by 2020. The 2% goal is in line with ICAO’s global targets and will be achieved through specific measures, such as fleet renewal and upgrades, more efficient air operations, and improved air traffic management.

The Action Plan builds on the success of the world’s first voluntary Memorandum of Understanding between Transport Canada and Canadian airlines to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from aviation, which has been in place since 2005. The agreement set a goal of a 1.1% average annual improvement in fuel efficiency for each year to 2012, a cumulative improvement of 24%, from a 1990 baseline. The Air Transport Association of Canada and the National Airlines Council of Canada report annually on progress achieved under terms of the agreement. As of 2010, the industry has achieved a 1.9% average annual fuel efficiency improvement since 1990, or a 31% cumulative improvement, surpassing the objectives of the Memorandum.

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