Air Canada named 2018 Eco-Airline of the Year


Air Canada has been named the 2018 Eco-Airline of the Year by 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 Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive of Air Canada. "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% since 1990, and this award will further spur us on to the goals we have set for ourselves to continually improve our environmental performance."

ATW aims to present the Eco-Airline Award to an airline that practices and innovates in exceptional eco-operations. In choosing the 2018 winner, judges looked for an industry-leading commitment to technologies and efforts that increase operational efficiency and reduce emissions and dependency on oil. This includes pioneering solutions to environmental problems, environmental concern and action through community involvement, and best practices at airports.

Karen Walker, Editor-in-Chief, Air Transport World, said, "Air Canada as a company is a committed leader in sustainability, becoming the world's first airline to voluntarily join the World Bank's IMF Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition. And Air Canada thinks out of the box in its drive to be an eco-responsible company, donating old business class duvets to good causes where they can be re-used, and partnering with Diabetes Canada so that uniforms can be recycled."

This ATW Eco-Airline Award is the second award won by Air Canada this year related to its sustainability programs. Air Canada's corporate sustainability report, Citizens of the World, was named the Best Sustainability Report in the Transportation Category by The Finance and Sustainability Initiative (FSI). It is the second year in a row Air Canada's report was named best in the sector by the FSI, a non-profit organization that brings together finance professionals dedicated to promoting sustainable finance and responsible investment to financial institutions, companies and universities.

Air Canada has a four-pillar approach to reduce emissions through technology, operations, infrastructure and economic instruments. Among other things, Air Canada is a partner in biofuel research in cooperation with the Canada Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI) and the Civil Aviation Alternate Fuel Contrail and Emissions Research (CAAFCER). It has invested significantly with a $10 billion fleet renewal program that has given it one of the most modern, fuel efficient fleets in the world. It maintains innovative recycling, scholarship and community activity programs, many aimed at involving employees in environmental activities. The airline has also adopted the ambitious collective International Air Transport Association reduction targets for greenhouse gases that include:

  • Improving fuel efficiency by an average of 1.5 per cent per year from 2009 to 2020; 

  • Capping aviation CO2 emissions from 2020, or carbon-neutral growth; and 

  • Reducing CO2 emissions by 50 per cent by 2050 relative to 2005 levels.
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Good work Air Canada!

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I will use them to travel to Canada this summer. Glad to know I will be on a quality airline.

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Glad to know I will be on a quality airline.

I'm sorry, but as a Canadian who has flown with Air Canada many times, I can't help but laugh at your comment. They are not a "quality airline" in any way.

You will be lucky if they don't oversell the seats and try to force you to fly the next day. You will be lucky if they actually leave on time and/or the flight isn't cancelled. You will be lucky if your luggage is not lost. And MOST important... you will be lucky to find anyone at Air Canada who cares if anything goes wrong.

Good luck! :)

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I have to agree. I had some seriously bad experiences on Air Canada. One of my least favorite airlines.

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Comment spot on.

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Good luck on those traveling with AC or have no choice but to use AC. They tend to lost your luggage... They motto is "We are not happy until you are unhappy." That's why even it would need me to make a transit flight from another airport, I would rather than than taking Air Canada.

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Ther are more commonly known as "Scare Canada" in their home country... for good reason

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I'm sorry, but as a Canadian who has flown with Air Canada many times, I can't help but laugh at your comment. They are not a "quality airline" in any way.

In answer to that and the other comments disparaging Air Canada I have to disagree. If passengers--especially those in economy class--understand that essentially they are riding on air in a large and crowded bus for a significant period of time, perhaps they might expect less.

I have traveled on Air Canada over the past 25 years with no loss of luggage or experiences such as the ones cited. Ticket prices are frequently discounted, staff at airports have made every effort to make my check-in smooth and efficient, and offered in flight service about which I can make no complaint.

Perhaps people need to take another look at Louis CK's video and remember the amazing fact they are "sitting in a chair in the sky" and flying. (or the longer version in full context

Let the airline have its moment of glory.

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Had a choice of using A/C to fly home this past New Years or ANA. Of course it was no contest, ANA all the way. Made the same trip last year, no entertainment system for the whole flight, arrived late and had to make a mad dash to make my connecting flight, only for it to be delayed. On the trip back, my seat tray table was so uneven I had to eat holding one side with my hand so my tray wouldn't slide off! When I asked a flight attendant, she just shrugged and said sorry. Never again.

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Somehow, the overly aggressive and unfriendly middle aged trolly dollies take away from the eco-ambience. Give me ANA or JAL anyday!

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I have to agree with Nan Ferra.

My last experience on Air Canada reminded me of why I have disliked them. The FA was pushing 50 years old, wore makeup like Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and was cursing every few minutes as she put it "the god damned **cking trolly is stuck again" as she bumped people's elbows with it.

I've flown A/C business class and it was nothing special compared to more sophisticated airlines.

Take a look at Etihad or Qatar airways to see what amazing service and modernity are like.

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Ait Canada, what a joke! Here are a list of grievances I have:

constantly delayed fights

flights delays of 2+ hours being announced at boarding time

inability to provide a baby bassinet when called and asked to do so in advance, again upon check in and once more at the gate

Unwilling to me put my bag in the overhead department when I was holding a crying baby

being stuck on the tarmac for 4 hours due to an engine problem with no food being served

Waiting over 40 minutes in line for my hotel and food voucher because of missed connection due to their engine problem and being told to wait more once I get to the front of the line (screaming kids after a delayed 10+ hour international flight didn’t seem like an issue to them)

only in flight entertainment are rented iPads (rouge class)

I could easily go in but I am sadly stuck flying wit them again in 2 weeks and don’t want to curse it.

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The best airlines are by far Asian.

'Sustainability' and North America is laughing stock really :)

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