Air Canada has launched a new sustainability programme for corporate customers, with Deloitte Canada signed on as its inaugural participant.
The new LEAVE LESS Travel Program offers corporate customers effective options to offset or reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions related to business travel and reduce their carbon footprint.
Corporate customers can now purchase Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF), carbon offsets or a combination of both. Air Canada will track and calculate the GHG emissions associated with customers’ business travel. Customers can then choose how they want to mitigate their GHG emissions associated with their business travel through SAF and/or carbon offsets.
“Building a long-term sustainable aviation industry requires a collective effort and companies will play a key role in building greener and more sustainable air travel,” said Michael Rousseau, President and Chief Executive Officer at Air Canada. “We are pleased to see that customers, such as Deloitte, are taking concrete actions by supporting and contributing to innovative solutions.
“Air Canada has made sustainability a core component of its business decisions. This initiative allows our corporate customers to offset or reduce the GHG emissions associated with their business travel and empowers their employees to make sustainable choices. With this, companies work towards their sustainability goals while they partner with us to advance decarbonisation in the airline industry. Our new, industry-leading LEAVE LESS Travel Program shows our strong and ongoing commitment to transition to low carbon alternatives. It represents a meaningful step forward into reaching our ambitions to achieve net-zero GHG emissions by 2050.”
“Deloitte is steadfast in its commitments to address climate change by driving environmentally responsible choices within our organisation and beyond,” added Anthony Viel, CEO at Deloitte Canada. “Our people and our clients know that stakeholders, customers, investors and shareholders desire more sustainable business strategies and we recognise the important role Canadian businesses collectively play in leading the commitment to transition to a low-carbon economy. We are thrilled to be the first company to jump on board this corporate program to accelerate adoption of a fuel source that can dramatically reduce emissions from aviation. By collaborating with Air Canada to increase the use of sustainable aviation fuel, we hope that we can inspire and help others contribute to a thriving Canada and a greener world.”
The LEAVE LESS Travel Program is comprised of four steps:
- Calculate – Air Canada tracks and calculates the GHG emissions associated with customers’ business travel.
- Select – Customers can choose how they want to mitigate their GHG emissions associated with their business travel: SAF and/or carbon offsets.
- Purchase – Air Canada purchases the required SAF volumes and facilitates the purchase of carbon offsets.
- Reduce – Companies contribute to their sustainability goals.
Air Canada will source SAF from Neste, a leading producer of renewable fuels. In neat form and over the life cycle, Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel is said to reduce GHG emissions from aircraft by up to 80% compared to fossil jet fuel.