Until the development of 100% eco-friendly engines, each flight you take produces carbon dioxide (CO2) and contributes to climate change. At Air Canada, we believe that everyone has the right to offset the effects of their air travel.
That’s why we’ve joined efforts with Zerofootprint, an organization that uses high standards in carbon offsetting, to mitigate the effects of air travel on the environment so you can make your mark—without leaving one.
With Zerofootprint, you can calculate the cost of your share of the CO2 emissions created by your flight and purchase corresponding offsets to become carbon neutral.
|Program results as of December 2015|
|Since the launch of the program in May 2007, Air Canada customers have made a meaningful contribution to the fight against climate change by contributing thousands of dollars to carbon offset.|
|Carbon offset purchases||Tonnes of CO2e offset||Equivalent to taking this many cars off the road for a year|
Carbon offsets are purchased from Zerofootprint, and not Air Canada. Air Canada is merely facilitating the purchase by customers of such credits. All the conditions included in the Notice section on aircanada.com apply.
Together, we have selected seven projects from across the country. It’s now your turn to choose the projects that matter most to you. They all encompass the meaningful steps that play a role in preventing climate change:
Forest restoration project – Maple Ridge, B.C.
Maple Ridge, British Columbia is the site of a forest restoration project that aims to create a forest that will continue to be healthy beyond the lifespan of the current generation of trees, maximize the amount of CO2 that can be sequestered (or absorbed), and emulate natural forest growth.
Tire Recycling Program – Quebec
In Quebec, a tire recycling project utilizes used car and truck tires to manufacture a variety of products, including rubber carpets, car mats, new tires and other post-consumer goods.
Reducing energy use in buildings – Quebec
The measures put in place at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts of Fine Arts have resulted in both economic and environmental benefits, reducing the consumption of electricity and natural gas to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly. All initiatives being implemented can now be replicated across thousands of urban buildings.
Landfill Gas Recovery Project – Ontario
The landfill gas recovery project - located in Niagara Falls, Ontario - captures landfill gas from the East Quarry landfill and distributes it to a nearby plant that produces recycled content paper.
Organic waste composting – Ontario
The installation of a composting plant in Hamilton, Ontario, diverts municipal organic waste from landfills and produces high-quality compost. The cutting-edge technology creates a useful end product that often reduces the use of chemical fertilizers.
Treating Wastewater Naturally – Newfoundland
The construction of engineered wetlands is used to process wastewater. A complex ecosystem of plants, soil and microorganisms is created to break down and treat wastewater naturally. The system is highly efficient and avoids producing methane that normally results form conventional wastewater treatment processes.