CAE on November 28 announced at the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations (CORIM) that it will become carbon neutral by the summer of 2020. The company explains it will achieve this goal by offsetting carbon emissions from the fuel used for all the live training flights of its academies, from energy consumption in its locations worldwide and from the air business travel of all its employees.
“In addition to preventing hundreds of thousands of tons of CO2 being emitted each year by training more than 135,000 pilots in simulators, we will offset our live training fuel emissions, business air travel and energy other than electricity by funding greenhouse gas reduction projects,” said Marc Parent, president and CEO, CAE. “We will also compensate for our electricity consumption by buying renewable energy certificates which support renewable electricity development.’”
CAE states carbon offsetting and renewable energy certificates are interim measures it will take while new technologies and solutions are being developed to reduce emissions. CAE continues to explain it plans to work with the industry to progressively use electric aircraft for the live flight training in its academies.
CAE also plans to continue to undertake other measures to reduce its overall emissions, for example, by continually investing to make its full-flight simulators more energy efficient, therefore allowing its customers worldwide to reduce their own footprint.
CAE is a global leader in training for the civil aviation, defence and security, and healthcare markets. Backed by a record of more than 70 years of industry firsts, we continue to help define global training standards with our innovative virtual-to-live training solutions to make flying safer, maintain defence force readiness and enhance patient safety. We have the broadest global presence in the industry,
With more than 10,000 employees, CAE holds 160 sites and training locations in over 35 countries. Each year, we train more than 220,000 civil and defence crewmembers, including more than 135,000 pilots as mentioned earlier, and thousands of healthcare professionals worldwide.