Carbon Engineering’s direct air capture (DAC) technology, which captures carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere, could be a key catalyst for Air Canada as it strives to achieve net-zero ambitions by 2050.

Coming together over a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) inked today (Nov 10), the Canadian duo said they plan to explore ways to accelerate the potential of Carbon Engineering’s DAC-based solutions to support the aviation energy transition.

Under such plans, the firms will look at permanent CO2 removal and innovation, sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and the potential opportunity for Air Canada to purchase SAF made from the utilisation of Carbon Engineering’s Air to Fuel™ technology.

Steve Oldham, CEO of Carbon Engineering, said, “Addressing emissions within the aviation industry is expected to be some of the most challenging, yet important, work in the years to come.”

“The good news is that feasible, affordable and scalable solutions, like Carbon Engineering’s DAC and Air to Fuels™ technologies, are available and capable of making a meaningful impact in meeting critical net zero targets.”

Carbon Engineering’s DAC technology is predominately used to support decarbonisation in two complementary ways:

  1. When combined with secure geological storage, the technology can permanently remove vast amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere, providing a tool to eliminate any CO2 emissions from any location at any time.
  2. Through the integration with Carbon Engineering’s Air to Fuels™ technology, DAV can be used to produce ultra-low carbon transportation fuels, such as low-carbon transportation fuels, such as SAF, by combining CO2 with clean hydrogen.

Amos Kazzaz, Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer at Air Canada, said, “At Air Canada, we are very focused on seeking innovative, long-term, sustainable emission reduction solutions as we work towards achieving our absolute midterm greenhouse gas net reduction targets by 2030 and our net zero greenhouse gas emissions goal by 2050.”

“Our relationship with Carbon Engineering, spanning three years, has enable us to learn about their emerging technology advances, SAF production and ecosystem building efforts.”

“We are pleased to officially become the first Canadian airline to work with Carbon Engineering to advance new, transformational technologies towards the commercial viability of SAFs and carbon removal, two significant components to building a long-term, sustainable, global aviation industry.”