Air Canada has announced that Deloitte Canada will be the first corporate customer to participate in its new LEAVE LESS Travel Program, which 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.
The LEAVE LESS Travel Program is one of the many comprehensive initiatives being implemented as part of Air Canada's Climate Action Plan and an additional step towards achieving the airline's long-term goal of net-zero GHG emissions by 2050.
"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. We are pleased to see that customers, such as Deloitte, are taking concrete actions by supporting and contributing to innovative solutions," said Michael Rousseau, president and CEO at Air Canada.
"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 decarbonization 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."
Simplified + sustainable
The LEAVE LESS Travel Program allows corporate customers to choose the offering they want through a customized approach using SAF, carbon offsets, or a combination of both, through four core actions:
- 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.
Air Canada purchases the required SAF volumes and to ensure the customer can claim the benefits of its investment, Air Canada will implement a SAF certification system in-line with industry-leading best practices.
- Carbon Offset:
Air Canada facilitates the purchase of carbon offsets
- Reduce: Customer contributes to its sustainability goals
The LEAVE LESS Travel Program, supports the airline's commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), notably goal 13: Climate Action.
Through its Climate Action Plan, the airline has committed to investing $50 Million in SAF, and carbon reductions and removals.
The Air Canada LEAVE LESS Travel Program will source SAF from Neste, a leading producer of renewable fuels.
In neat form and over the life cycle, Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel reduces GHG emissions from aircraft by up to 80 per cent compared to fossil jet fuel.