Research Digest - February - March 2020

Aircraft Technology Roadmap report

February 2020 (IATA)

  • Amongst the four pillars (technology, operations, infrastructure, economic measures) of aviation's strategy to reduce CO2 emissions in half by 2050 (relative to 2005 levels), technology and sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) collectively deliver the highest improvement benefits.

Canada's Action Plan to Reduce GHG Emissions from Aviation

March 2020 (Transport Canada) – Available in French here

  • This is the seventh Annual Report under the Action Plan. Good progress has been made on the Plan’s implementation, which has led to Canadian air carriers improving their fuel intensity by 3.3 percent in 2018. Since 2008, there has been an average annual improvement rate of 2 percent, which exceeds the Action Plan’s target of 1.5 percent. Without these efficiency improvements, the sector would have emitted an additional 19.3 megatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent from 2008-2018.