What if Biofuels were available at more airports?

Green Aviation Research and Development Network – GARDN (BL-NCE)

Photo credit: Brian Losito, Air Canada

The challenge: More than 190 countries adopted an agreement in 2016 to curb rising emissions from international air travel. Through collaborative research projects led by GARDN, the Canadian aerospace industry now needs to solve the logistics of introducing aviation biofuels at major Canadian airports.

The solution: Air Canada is partnering with 13 organizations, including GARDN and BioFuelNet, on a three-year collaborative project to introduce 400,000 litres of sustainable aviation biofuel (biojet) into a shared fuel system. Led by Canada's Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI), the project at Montréal-Trudeau Airport is a critical step towards achieving the industry’s longer-term goals of carbon neutral growth starting in 2020 and a 50% reduction in emissions by 2050, relative to 2005 levels. CBSCI also aims to boost the Canadian bioproduct industry by creating a sustainable supply chain of biofuel.

The CBSCI project will contribute significantly by validating the country’s supply chain elements and generating hands-on experience. The long-term support of partners like GARDN will be key to helping Air Canada and the airline industry remain competitive in a carbon constrained world. Myrka Manzo, Manager, Environmental Affairs, Air Canada