Summary: 2020 and 2021 Annual Report – Canada’s Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aviation


Aviation is a major part of Canada’s transportation system and helps move people and goods within Canada and across international borders. Aviation also produces greenhouse gas emissions, as flights typically rely on fossil fuels. Canada’s aviation sector, in partnership with the Government of Canada, has had a strong climate action strategy in place since 2005.

The 2020 and 2021 Annual Report is the 9th report under Canada’s Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aviation. It highlights work to address greenhouse gas emissions from both domestic and international aviation.

The report covers 2020 and 2021. During this time, the COVID-19 pandemic had a major impact on the aviation sector’s operational efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions. Despite these impacts, the report shows that there has been significant progress on the action plan.

Members who have signed on to the action plan have emphasized the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They’ve committed to this goal through measures including:

  • renewing and upgrading fleets
  • creating more efficient aviation operations
  • improving air traffic management capabilities
  • completing aviation environmental research and development
  • using sustainable aviation fuels
  • improving the use of airport ground operations and infrastructure
  • creating regulatory measures
  • coordinating internationally