Aviation simulation training provider CAE yesterday laid claim as the first Canadian aerospace company to become carbon neutral. According to the company, it achieved carbon neutrality by reducing its own emissions and making investments in carbon-offset projects.
"This is a bold achievement and we hope that CAE’s commitment in the fight against climate change will inspire other companies to take tangible actions today,” said CAE president and CEO Marc Parent. “We wanted to honor our pre-pandemic commitment and up our contribution now—a testament to CAE’s environmental leadership and engagement towards future generations. We are also working with the industry towards the development of electric aircraft and undertaking other measures to reduce our overall emissions.”
CAE said its actions will prevent hundreds of thousands of tons of carbon dioxide from being emitted each year by training pilots in simulators. In the near-term, it is using carbon offsetting and renewable energy certificates—including wind energy projects in India and forest preservation in Canada—until new technologies and solutions can be developed to reduce its emissions. CAE will also continue to undertake other measures to reduce its overall emissions, including investments to make its flight simulators more energy efficient.