The Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Consortium (CAAM) advocates for many things in the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) industry. For example, CAAM’s Uplift Events promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in the sector. But while those are all person-centred approaches, CAAM also advocates for topics in the more technical aspect of AAM through our quarterly CAAM open house events. And nothing is more critical to the Consortium than a zero-emission future.
Climate change is a reality, and traditional aviation contributes to why the world’s climate keeps changing. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) report Canada 2022: Energy Policy Review, in 2019, domestic aviation represented 10% of all fuel consumption in Canada. There’s no way to sugarcoat that this is simply not good for the environment. And CAAM understands that, and that’s why it keeps championing for AAM. Traditional aviation did the best it could at the time, but it’s time to move forward.
More importantly, the Government of Canada already understands that it needs to change; it needs to be proactive in reducing and offsetting emissions for the environment’s future. As the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson states,
The twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss pose enormous threats to long-term global security and economic well-being worldwide. Alongside others in the international community, Canada must rapidly reduce carbon emissions to fight climate change and seize the significant economic opportunities presented for businesses, communities, and workers.
CAAM and Canada: Fighting climate change now!
While Government can take more significant steps to build a more sustainable future,
We have committed more than $100 billion toward climate action and clean growth since 2015, including major investments in clean power, energy efficiency, industrial decarbonization, clean technology and transportation. We also have a world-leading price on pollution and action plans for promising technologies like hydrogen and small modular [nuclear] reactors.
Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson
CAAM does what it can, like advocating for zero-emission aircraft, acting as a catalyst to Academia, Capital, Government, Industry, and Not-For-Profits, participating in events that focus on sustainability, and starting the dialogue through whitepapers of multiple Canadian cities (e.g. Vancouver, Toronto), or economic, environmental and social feasible studies.
When comparing these actions with a $100 billion investment, they may seem unimportant, insignificant even. But without honest conversations and concrete actions, regardless of size, the investment, be $1 or $100 billion, doesn’t mean anything. CAAM takes pride in building a more sustainable future and believes that even the smallest action can lead to significant changes.
CAAM, like the Government of Canada, through the Honourable Wilson, also believes that “[…]we can achieve our targets while creating good jobs, a stronger economy and a more inclusive future for all[…].” And that’s why CAAM and the Government of Canada, each one with its own way and pace, are together building a better and more sustainable future.
To read more about CAAM’s whitepaper and studies, click here.
By Giovani Izidorio Cesconetto