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Canada announces CAD350M for green aviation

AFP – Canada’s Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne (pic below) announced CAD350 million (USD265 million) to support the aerospace industry’s drive toward zero carbon emissions.

The funding, he said in a statement, will go to boosting hybrid and alternative propulsion, aircraft systems, a transition to alternative fuels, and aircraft support infrastructure.

This “will help drive and accelerate the green industrial transformation of Canada’s aerospace industry, generating high-value jobs while strengthening supply chains and supporting the transition to a net-zero economy”, Champagne said.

The United Nations aviation agency members in October 2022 set the year 2050 as their goal for achieving net-zero carbon emissions for air travel – an industry often criticised for its outsized role in climate change.

Currently responsible for 2.5 per cent to three per cent of global CO2 emissions, the sector’s switch to renewable fuels is proving difficult, even if the aeronautics industry and energy companies are seeking progress.

Champagne made the funding announcement while attending the Paris Air Show, where it was applauded by Canadian firms.

The export-driven Canadian aerospace sector employes some 210,000 people and contributes CAD27 billion to the economy, according to government figures.