Air Canada has outlined ambitious climate targets to reach a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across its global operations by 2050.

The carrier plans to invest C$50 million in sustainable aviation fuel, carbon reductions and removals as part of the plans, including a 2030 mid-term target.

The airline will explore carbon negative emission technologies and other strategies to further develop its carbon offsetting.

Fuel efficient Airbus A220 and Boeing 737 Max aircraft will be deployed to cut fuel consumption by around 20% per seat.

Other innovations such as short-haul transportation opportunities and electric drones to complement and support Air Canada’s global business network, are part of the sustainability plan

President and chief executive Michael Rousseau said: “Economic growth and sustainability are equally important, and we have a strong track record for both.

“Despite the severe impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, we remain deeply committed to long-term sustainability.

“Climate change is critical, and we believe we can and must do more to address this for the future of our environment.

“This is why we are further embedding climate considerations into our strategic decision-making, and undertaking a very ambitious plan that is meaningful, will support Canada’s leadership position on climate change, advance de-carbonisation in the airline industry while keeping fares affordable for customers.”