Global warming and the environment is on everyone’s mind these days. If the aviation sector were a nation, it would be among the top 10 global emitters. It is responsible for 12 per cent of transportation emissions (David Suzuki Foundation). Fortunately, post-COVID, the aviation and aerospace industry is ready to embrace change in the pursuit of cleaner, more efficient, more sustainable solutions.

In the spring of 2022, the BC Aviation Council (BCAC) held its first conference focused on sustainability, technology and opportunities. The BCAC hosted numerous industry leaders, government spokespeople, and community stakeholders at our conference for two days of presentations, panels and ‘fireside chats’ on how to move our industry towards a brighter, cleaner future. Links to our speakers’ presentations, as well as video recordings, are listed below for your review: 

View the “Beyond COVID: A Focus on Sustainability, Technology and Opportunities” conference agenda here.

Speaker Presentations

Overview From Nav Canada’s Vancouver Flight Information Region
Panel 1 – BC Wildfire Management
Panel 2 – Aviation and the Environment – The Urgent Challenge
Panel 3 – Power Plants and Fuels of the Future
Panel 4 – RPAS (Unmanned Systems/Drones)
Panel 5: Aviation, Airports, Aerospace and the National Environmental Movement
eVTOL: A Soon-To-Be Reality
Vancouver Airspace Management Project
Jamie Johnson – Throttling Back
BCAC YYJ Presentation
Beyond Covid – Cleaner, Greener, Leaner, Keener

Conference Videos

  • Start – 8:35 Welcome to BCAC’s 2022 Conference
  • 19:00 Overview From Nav Canada’s Vancouver Flight Information Region (FR)
  • 1:26:20 Panel 1 BC Wildfire Management (Virtual and In-person)
  • 1:51:58 ADS-B The Move To Space-Based Air Navigation (Virtual)
  • 2:19:58 Vancouver Airspace Management Project (VAMP) (Virtual)
  • 2:55:27 Aviation Environmental Regulations, Policies, and Procedures
  • 3:29:32 Fireside Chat
  • 4:29:00 Panel 2 – Aviation and The Environment – The Urgent Challenge
  • 5:15:10 Panel 3 – Power Plants and Fuels of the Future (Virtual and In-person)
  • End – 5:15:17 Day 1 Wrap Up and Closing Remarks

  • Start – 0:00:50 Opening Speech for Day 2
  • 0:40:05 Waypoint 2050 Report: Achieving Net Zero by 2050 (Virtual)
  • 1:40:10 Panel 4 – RPAS (Unmanned Systems/Drones) (In-person and Virtual)
  • 2:05:40 eVTOL: A Soon-To-Be-Reality
  • 2:41:40 Beyond COVID – Cleaner, Greener, Leaner, Keener
  • 4:04:15 Panel 5: Aviation, Airports, Aerospace and The International Environmental Movement
  • 4:23:45 Importance of Sustainable Aviation To British Columbia
  • 4:25:20 Announcement of Raffle and 50/50 Winners
  • 5:01:20 Building A Common Approach Across The Industry
  • End – 5:01:35 Conference Wrap up and Closing Remarks

Additional Resources and Media

Air New Zealand Buys 9 Million Liters of Neste SAF At LAX

Province, YVR work together to support good jobs, fight pollution

ICAO Members Agree To 5% Carbon Cut By 2030

Canada Infrastructure Bank and Azure Collaborate on Sustainable Aviation Fuel Study

ExecuJet on track to achieve 100% GSE electrification in their FBOs by 2030

Centennial Airport is Leading the Way With Unleaded Avgas

Maeve Unveils Plans For 80-Seat Hybrid Regional Airliner

COP28 sees ACI launch Level 5 of the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme and reiterate support for cleaner energy sources

Methane’s GHG Impact- Economist

Airbus Criticizes Lack of Canadian SAF: Canadian Aviator

Government Funding Boosts Green Airport Initiatives

Airbus Invests In Hydrogen-Electric Propulsion Pioneer ZeroAvia

BP contracts entirety of Woodfibre’s net zero LNG

Will electric flying taxis live up to their promise?

Loss of biodiversity poses as great arisk to humanity as climate change

Boeing Publicly Launches “Cascade” to Support Aviation’s Net Zero Goal

Study: How To Accelerate Aviation’s CO2 Reduction

Canadian Council for Sustainable Aviation Fuels launches Canada’s first roadmap for SAF

Government Ministers Meet To Spur SAF Production

The aviation industry wants to be net zero—but not soon

Zero Emissions Aviation by 2040 in BC, Executive Brief, Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Consortium (CAAM),2022

Victoria International Airport (YYJ) Sustainability Plan 2020-2024

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) Roadmap to Net Zero Carbon – 2021

British Columbia (BC) Hydrogen Strategy

Economist May 22, 2022 Carbon Markets Canadian Aviator – Carbon Engineering Squamish

Cannot Adapt Out of Climate Crisis

Regional Getaway, July 6/22

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Future Planes

Embraer Concepts

Pratt&Whitney Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Aircraft Manufacturer (ATR) Flight

Canada’s Aviation Climate Action Plan 2022 – 2030

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation BC Sustainability Overview

Rolls-Royce Partners With Alder Fuels To Test Greencrude SAF

Canadian Aviator-Air Canada & Airbus Invest in Carbon Engineering

Reports for Baseline Fiscal Year (FY) 19/20

Skies Magazine-Op-ed: How Canada could capitalize on sustainable aviation fuel innovation opportunities

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Environment (ENV) Report 2022

Accelerating The Transition To Net-Zero-Travel Strategies For Action

Opportunities for industry leaders as new travelers take to the skies

Clean Skies for Tomorrow Sustainable Aviation Fuels as a Pathway to Net-Zero Aviation

A devilish duality: How Chief Executive Officers (CEO) can square resilience with net-zero promises

YVR becomes first Canadian airport to achieve Level 4+ Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) 

Airbus and Hyport to advance green hydrogen availability at airports 

Belgium To Introduce New Taxes On Short-Haul Flights & Private Jets

International Air Transport Association (IATA): Sustainable Aviation Fuel Production Increased By 200% In 2022

Raytheon Completes Ground Test of Dash 8 Hybrid-Electric Engine 

BC Airports Decarbonization Workshop – Post-workshop Survey Report

Measuring and Reducing Carbon Emissions: BC Aviation Council – Decarbonizing BC Airports

Decarbonizing BC Airports – Participant List

The Socio-economic Contribution of British Columbia’s Aviation and Aerospace Sector (BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

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