Edmonton International Airport (EIA) has joined The Climate Pledge initiative with an aim to become carbon neutral by 2040.

Co-founded by Amazon and Global Optimism in 2019, The Climate Pledge is an initiative that currently has more than 100 companies and organisations around the world that aim to reduce carbon emissions and address climate change.

It is a cross-sector community of companies and organisations, which work together to crack the climate crisis and solve the challenges of decarbonising our economy.

By signing the initiative, EIA has become the first airport in the world to join The Climate Pledge. The airport is now the third Canadian-based organisation to sign the initiative and is now committed to taking increased action to reduce carbon emissions.

Edmonton International Airport president and CEO Tom Ruth said: “Climate change is a real and serious concern, and one of the biggest issues of our time. It is all our responsibility to acknowledge and address global sustainability for future generations.

“By signing the Climate Pledge, Edmonton Airports is demonstrating to our community and the world that we are dedicated to sustainability and to reducing carbon emissions.

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“Sustainability is inherent in all that we do and we continue to make significant progress towards our goal of net-zero.”

As part of the initiative, EIA will measure and report greenhouse gas emissions regularly and implement decarbonisation strategies in line with the Paris Agreement.

The airport will also neutralise the remaining emissions with additional, quantifiable, real, permanent and socially beneficial offsets to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2040.

According to EIA, nearly 70% of its carbon emissions are related to electricity use.

However, the airport has reduced its energy intensity usage by 50% in the past 20 years under a long-term commitment to efficiency and innovation.