by Tina Olivero

    Edmonton International Airport (YEG): Championing innovation for aviation sustainability

    Like other airports worldwide, Edmonton International Airport (YEG) is working to reduce emissions from all operations, including ground-based operations, gasoline and diesel fuel for airport vehicles, ground support equipment, electricity and heating, and auxiliary power units. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has committed the industry to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

    Living Wall - YEG
    Living Wall – YEG


    YEG is the first airport in the world to sign Amazon’s Climate Pledge, committing to be carbon neutral by 2040. One way airports are reducing their emissions is by exploring sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs), which can reduce the carbon footprint of aviation fuel by up to 80%. In 2018, YEG partnered with Air Canada for a flight from Edmonton to San Francisco that used SAFs, reducing the net emissions by 20%. More recently, YEG supported and hosted KLM Flight 675, which flew non-stop from Amsterdam to Edmonton, setting a record for the longest flight powered by the largest percentage of sustainable aviation fuel.

    KLM Sustainability Flight
    KLM Sustainability Flight


    Electric and hybrid-electric aircraft are another way airlines are reducing their carbon footprint. Over 100 electric aircraft designs are in development, and airlines expect to be flying electric planes by the end of the decade. Air Canada has ordered 30 electric aircraft expected to go into service in 2028. YEG and Air Canada signed the first sustainability partnership between an airline and airport to reduce carbon emissions and advance a green and sustainable aviation sector, aiming to reduce the carbon impact of air travel. They are working together to test emerging green technologies at YEG’s Airport City Sustainability Campus, focusing on initiatives such as the electrification of aviation equipment and the development and usage of sustainable aviation fuels, biofuels, and hydrogen.


    Hydrogen fuel cell technology is being developed and tested to power aircraft, and larger regional hydrogen-powered aircraft are expected to be in commercial operation in the mid-2030s. YEG is committed to using its Airport City Sustainability Campus ecosystem to pilot emerging hydrogen technologies. They have signed multiple agreements with global companies to use their airport as a testing location for delivering zero-emission flights, decarbonizing ground operations, developing hydrogen fueling stations, and converting industrial vehicles to hydrogen fuel.

    YEG is working with the Edmonton Region Hydrogen HUB to kickstart the region’s hydrogen economy, using Alberta’s natural advantages in clean-hydrogen production. Because of these natural advantages, Alberta airports will have access to some of the cheapest hydrogen products in the world, unlocking opportunities to decarbonize a traditionally hard-to-abate sector.

    YEG has had two flights fueled by SAF, one with Air Canada and one with KLM, but more are expected in the near future. When it comes to sustainability in aviation, everyone is a winner, and YEG’s partnership with Air Canada is a step towards reducing the carbon impact of air travel.

    YEG - Going sustainable
    YEG – Going Sustainable

    YEG is leading the way in sustainable initiatives, from signing the Amazon Climate Pledge to exploring sustainable aviation fuels, electric and hybrid-electric aircraft, and hydrogen fuel cell technology. YEG is committed to reducing the carbon impact of air travel, and its partnership with Air Canada is an example of the collaborative efforts needed to achieve a net-zero aviation industry. Alberta’s natural advantages in clean-hydrogen production will help unlock opportunities to decarbonize the aviation sector and position YEG as a leader in sustainable aviation.

    Tina Olivero

    30 years ago, Tina Olivero looked into the future and saw an opportunity to make a difference for her province and people. That difference came in the form of the oil and gas sector. Six years before there was even a drop of oil brought to the shores of Newfoundland, she founded The Oil and Gas Magazine (THE OGM) from a back room in her home on Signal Hill Road, in St. John’s, Newfoundland. A single mother, no financing, no previous journalism or oil and gas experience, she forged ahead, with a creative vision and one heck of a heaping dose of sheer determination. With her pioneering spirit, Ms. Olivero developed a magazine that would educate, inspire, motivate and entertain oil and gas readers around the world — She prides herself in marketing and promoting our province and resources in unprecedented ways. The OGM is a magazine that focuses on our projects, our people, our opportunities and ultimately becomes the bridge to new energy outcomes and a sustainable new energy world. Now diversifying into the communications realms, a natural progression from the Magazine, The OGM now offers an entirely new division - Oil & Gas Media. Today, The Oil and Gas Magazine is a global phenomenon that operates not only in Newfoundland, but also in Calgary and is read by oil and gas enthusiasts in Norway, Aberdeen, across the US and as far reaching as Abu Dhabi, in the Middle East. Believing that Energy is everyone’s business, Ms. Olivero has combined energy + culture to embrace the worlds commitment to a balance of work and home life as well as fostering a foundation for health and well being. In this era of growth and development business and lifestyle are an eloquent mix, there is no beginning or end. Partnering with over 90 oil and gas exhibitions and conferences around the world, Ms. Olivero's role as a Global Visionary is to embrace communication in a way that fosters oil and gas business and industry growth in new and creative ways.

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