Edmonton International Airport works with local businesses to reduce carbon emissions

Edmonton International Airport (EIA), with local partners Innovative Fuel Systems and KAG Canada, operating Westcan Bulk Transport, have come together to reduce carbon emissions and promote a sustainable transportation sector through new fueling technology.

Innovative Fuel Systems (IFS) is an Edmonton-based company that provides patent-pending technology to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the transportation industry.

IFS has partnered with KAG Canada, a subsidiary of the largest bulk commodity hauler in North America, to utilize this technology in their tractor-trailers.

Six Westcan Bulk Transport vehicles have been retrofitted to have the engines operate on both diesel fuel as well as cleaner burning compressed natural gas.

IFS technology will allow up to 45 per cent reduction in certain GHG emissions, and about 10 per cent CO2 reduction on a lifecycle model (well to wheel).

The initial deployment has been on Edmonton-based routes, including transporting aviation fuel to Edmonton International Airport on vehicles fueled with cleaner burning natural gas from the EIA-based ATCO Natural Gas Refueling Station.

The collaboration reflects the commitment of businesses in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region to a sustainable future.

Reducing greenhouse gas is a priority for KAG Canada which is committed to adapting advanced technology within all areas of their operations.

By reducing emissions associated with the transportation of aviation fuel, EIA will be reducing emissions associated to its overall operations.

It also reflects EIA’s dedication to sustainability and becoming the first airport in the world to sign The Climate Pledge, committing to being carbon neutral by 2040.

Myron Keehn, Vice-President, Air Service and Business Development: “Edmonton International Airport is committed to a greener aviation industry and strives to be a leader in sustainability.

“With our goal of being carbon neutral by 2040, it is critical to find partners that share our vision of decarbonizing all parts of the aviation sectors.

“We are fortunate to find local partners that share this vision with KAG, Innovative Fuel Systems and ATCO.”

Mike Royer, Vice President, Fleet Services for KAG Canada: “Careful consideration of our environmental impact has to factor in all current and future business decisions we make.

“We hope this technology rollout inspires the industry to continuously elevate our individual levels of awareness, consideration, and action.”

Leland Oberst, President & CEO, Innovative Fuel Systems: “We are delighted to support KAG Canada’s efforts to lead the way in the decarbonization of the Heavy-Duty Diesel trucking industry.”       

Chris Nash, President, Alberta Motor Transport Association: “AMTA has made it our priority to champion the transition of Canada’s commercial transportation industry into the era of zero-emission.

“Innovations like this are a critical step in that journey. Dual-fuel technology bridges the zero-emission transition.

“We’re proud to see our members adopting technologies that can reduce the environmental impact of heavy-duty vehicles, lower fuel consumption and costs, and maintain their essential value in the supply chain.”