Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

According to the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are a factor in the rise in average temperatures worldwide. Because tourist activity is thought to account for 5% of GHG emissions globally, Transat believes that it must act responsibly to reduce its carbon footprint.

Strengthen our fuel savings program

  • As Canada's leading holiday airline, Air Transat flies millions of people to beautiful vacation destinations every year. These operations result in GHG emissions. Although air transportation accounts for only 2% of worldwide GHG emissions, Air Transat believes that everyone must do their part to combat climate change and support airline industry standards and goals established by IATA and ICAO. To that end, in 2003 it instituted a fuel management program, which has since become one of the most innovative and rigorous in the industry.

Encourage our employees to use sustainable transportation

If every one of our 5,000 employees in Canada adopts sustainable transportation for their commute or limits their travel by automobile, the resulting reduction in emissions will be significant. Since 2010, more than 500 employees each year have taken part in our public transit incentive program.
Our employees play a decisive role in promoting and applying our responsible purchasing policy. This is why we are instituting programs to establish responsible practices in our procurement process.

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  • To engage more employees, Transat seeks to maintain and promote the sustainable transportation programs it makes available to Canadian personnel (OPUS, Green Commute) and in turn curb GHG emissions related to their commutes.

  • Transat raises awareness among employees by encouraging them to take part in the Défi sans auto solo day in Montreal and Bike to Work Day in Toronto.

  • Since 2015, Air Transat has made free electric-vehicle charging stations available to employees and has reserved nearly 15% of its parking spaces for low-emission and ride-share vehicles.

Measure our business-travel-related GHG emissions

  • To reduce GHG emissions generated by our business travel, Transat must first gauge the global impact of that type of travel.

  • To measure and in turn reduce emissions, in 2016 Transat implemented a management system to monitor them.

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  • Objectives related to the ongoing Travelife certification process. For complete details about this certification being sought by Transat, go here.

  • Objectives related to the various environmental certifications achieved by Air Transat.

  • Level of progress