Canada’s Edmonton International Airport (EIA) has signed a new partnership agreement with Air Canada to lower carbon emissions (CO₂) and facilitate greener aviation operations.

Under the EIA-Air Canada Sustainability Partnership, both partners will jointly test new green technologies at EIA’s Airport City Sustainability Campus.

This campus was established by EIA for promoting environmental innovation.

Both partners will focus on hydrogen fuel cell technologies, drones for e-commerce and cargo delivery, as well as the electrification of aviation equipment and the replacement of single-use plastics with plant-fibre materials.

They will work on generating power by using Airport City Solar, which is said to be the world’s biggest airport-based solar farm.

In addition, EIA and the airline will promote the consumption and development of aviation fuels, biofuels and hydrogen.

EIA air service and business development vice-president Myron Keehn said: “Finding good partners who share our core values is critical. Air Canada is passionate about reducing its environmental impact and our partnership shows how airlines and airports can work together to promote a sustainable future.”

Air Canada safety vice-president added: “This partnership with Edmonton Airports is an important step towards our midterm 2030 objectives that roll up into our overall net-zero by 2050 emissions goal. We look forward to working together in developing innovative, long term, sustainable airport and ground operations emission reductions that could potentially be scaled at other airports in Canada and internationally.”

Earlier, both organisations had teamed up on a 2018 Edmonton to San Francisco flight that operated on sustainable aviation fuels (SAF).

This partnership resulted in the reduction of the flight’s average emissions by 20%.

Air Canada aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by 20% from flights and 30% from ground operations by 2030 as against the 2019 figures.

EIA claims to be the first and only airport globally to have signed The Climate Pledge, cofounded by Amazon, aiming to become carbon neutral by 2040.