Bombardier reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 9%


Bombardier has cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 9%, according to its recently published 2021 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report. The company is aiming to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2025, relative to 2019.

Reductions in energy consumption and waste were also achieved, with an 8% drop in energy use, and waste cut down by a fifth (20%), with a 32% reduction in hazardous waste.

Éric Martel, president and CEO, Bombardier said: “Our 2021 ESG report shows our commitment to act with unwavering integrity while reducing our environmental footprint, promoting and respecting human rights, working against corruption in all its forms and offering favourable labour conditions, all while expecting the same throughout our value chain.”

The company said one of the biggest challenges in meeting its sustainability goals is reducing water consumption. The firm is working to implement low water consumption equipment and processes and to reduce leaks in the water systems, it said. Due to the upgrade of the water distribution system across some sites in Montreal, and more flexible working due to the pandemic, Bombardier cut its water usage by almost a third (31%) in 2021.

Moving into a new $400m Global Aircraft Manufacturing Centre in Mississauga, Canada, will help the firm reduce its carbon emissions in the future. The 770,000sqft facility at Toronto Pearson International Airport will use up 60% less energy consumption due to more energy efficient lighting and heating and cooling systems and more recent manufacturing technologies. Bombardier said it plans to install three Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) tanks for departing aircraft.

In May, Bombardier reported a strong first quarter of 2022 with $167m in pre-tax earnings, a 36% rise over the same period the previous year.