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Harper government works with aviation industry to increase fuel efficiency

June 4, 2012

OTTAWA, June 4, 2012 /CNW/ – The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of
State (Transport) and the Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the
Environment, today announced the release of Canada’s Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aviation. The announcement was made at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum as
part of Environment Week.

“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,” said Minister Fletcher.  “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,” said Minister Kent. “We are one-quarter of the way towards
meeting our Copenhagen target.”

Canada’s Action Plan was developed by the Government of Canada and the
Canadian aviation industry to increase efficiency and improve
environmental performance in the aviation sector.

The Action Plan sets out specific measures to improve fuel efficiency
and includes commitments from the Government of Canada, the Aerospace
Industries Association of Canada, the Air Transport Association of
Canada, the Canadian Airports Council, the Canadian Business Aviation
Association, the National Airlines Council of Canada and NAV CANADA.

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 Action Plan aims to improve fuel efficiency by an average of at
least 2 per cent per year until 2020, which will help Canada’s target
of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent from 2005 levels by
2020.

The 2 per cent 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 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 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 per cent
average annual improvement in fuel efficiency for each year to 2012, a
cumulative improvement of 24 per cent, 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 per cent average
annual fuel efficiency improvement since 1990, or a 31 per cent
cumulative improvement, surpassing the objectives of the agreement. For
more information on this, please refer to Transport Canada’s website at
http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/programs/environment-ecofreight-air-annualreport2010-2851.htm

Further information about Canada’s Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aviation as well as views from industry partners can be found in the attached
backgrounders.  To view the complete Action Plan please visit
Transport Canada’s website at http://www.tc.gc.ca/aviation-emissions/

Backgrounder

Canada’s Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aviation

The aviation industry and the Government of Canada have developed Canada’s Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aviation. This Action Plan brings together the collaborative efforts of the
aviation industry, from airlines and airports to air navigation
services and manufacturers, in order to effectively address greenhouse
gas emissions from the sector.

The Action Plan sets an aspirational goal to improve fuel efficiency
from a 2005 baseline by an average annual rate of at least 2 per cent
per year until 2020. To help achieve this goal, the Action Plan
identifies three key measures that are expected to have the greatest
impact:

        --  Fleet Renewals and Upgrades - Retiring older airplanes and
            bringing newer, more efficient airplanes into service is
            expected to lead to an average annual fuel efficiency
            improvement of 0.7 per cent between 2005 and 2020.
        --  More Efficient Air Operations - Canadian airlines undertaking
            more efficient air operations is expected to lead to an average
            annual fuel efficiency improvement of 0.2 per cent between 2005
            and 2020.
        --  Improved Capabilities in Air Traffic Management - The shift
            from sensor-based to performance-based navigation is expected
            to enable improvements in average annual fuel efficiency by 1
            to 2 per cent between 2005 and 2020.

It also includes additional measures that will contribute to achieving
increased efficiency, such as alternative aviation fuels, airport
ground operations, and infrastructure use.

With respect to international aviation, the Action Plan forms part of
Canada’s response to the request by the International Civil Aviation
Organization for Member States to submit action plans on how they are
addressing international aviation emissions. For more information on
this, please refer to the International Civil Aviation Organization
website at:  http://www.icao.int/environmental-protection/Pages/action-plan.aspx.

VIEWS OF CANADA’S AVIATION INDUSTRY ON CANADA’S ACTION PLAN TO REDUCE
GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS FROM AVATION

On June 4, 2012, representatives of Canada’s aviation industry shared
their views about the Action Plan and the specific measures and
commitments they will make to support the Action Plan’s fuel efficiency
goals.

Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
Jim Quick, president and CEO

“Developing greener technologies is a key priority for the aerospace
industry in Canada. We must tackle the challenge of reducing fuel
consumption and greenhouse gas emissions together, and this Action Plan
provides a blueprint for the Canadian aerospace and aviation industries
to work collectively on making a difference on this important issue.

AIAC’s members are active in the research and development of green
technologies, and they are committed to designing more eco-efficient
aircraft, systems and technologies. The AIAC is proud to act as a
signatory to this Action Plan, and we look forward to working with the
government and our fellow partners on achieving the reductions outlined
here today.”

Air Transport Association of Canada
John McKenna, president and CEO

“In 2005, ATAC provided the necessary leadership to develop and sign the
MOU with Transport Canada to pro-actively reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG)
emissions from airline members’ aircraft, a worldwide first!  We are
very proud of the excellent record since 2005 where ATAC members have
not only met the commitments agreed to within the MOU but have bettered
the GHG reduction targets each year! ATAC and its members look forward
to continuing to work cooperatively with our government and industry
partners on this environmentally responsible stewardship.”

Canadian Airports Council
Daniel-Robert Gooch, president and CEO

“Canadian airports are doing their part to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions and the aviation carbon footprint in Canada. This Action Plan
represents a positive collaborative initiative by the Government of
Canada and the aviation industry in facing this challenge.”

Canadian Business Aviation Association
Sam Barone, president and CEO

“The Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) commends the
Government of Canada for partnering with the Canadian aviation sector
to develop the Action Plan”, said Sam Barone, President and CEO of the
CBAA. Barone added “the business aviation community is committed to
doing its part to ensure Canada achieves its climate change goals.”

National Airlines Council of Canada
George Petsikas, president

“The National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC) is proud to partner with
the Government of Canada in this ground-breaking initiative to curtail
greenhouse gas emissions. Building on the success of the world’s first
voluntary agreement to address greenhouse gas emissions from aviation,
the Action Plan is an excellent example of industry and government working together to
achieve meaningful results.

The NACC believes that a cooperative approach to reducing emissions is
required.  As evidenced by the outstanding results achieved under
previous agreements with the Canadian Government, it is clear that a
multi-pronged and collaborative approach is the most effective
solution.   We look forward to working with the federal government to
reach an agreement at the International Civil Aviation Organization
(ICAO) for a global sector approach as a way to truly address the
international nature of aviation emissions.”

NAV CANADA
John W. Crichton, president and CEO

“Through our investment in advanced technology and the implementation of
new air traffic procedures NAV CANADA has already effected considerable
reductions in GHG emissions, amounting to 6.6 million metric tons of
emissions avoided between 1997 and 2010. One of our corporate
objectives is to identify and where feasible, introduce measurable
benefits which contribute to the reduction of the environmental
footprint of the aviation industry. We look forward to continuing to
work with our industry partners to build on past achievements and on
future initiatives to meet the targets set out in Canada’s Action
Plan.”

June 2012

SOURCE Transport Canada


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