Canadian aerospace initiative receives $22 million over five years to continue green aviation R&D
Fri 24 Jan 2014 – The Canadian government has announced it will contribute CAD$12 million ($11m) over the next five years to the Green Aviation Research & Development Network (GARDN), an initiative that brings together more than 35 industry, university and government partners. The funding will be matched by participating aerospace companies under the Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence (BL-NCE) programme. The aim of GARDN, which was first set up in 2009 with funding from BL-NCE, is to reduce the ecological footprint of the important aerospace sector in Canada, the fifth largest in the world. Activities are structured around two strategic pillars: the funding of research projects in industry and the development of strategic thinking on green aviation in Canada.
GARDN’s research centres around noise and emissions reduction; materials and manufacturing processes; airport and aircraft operations; alternative fuels; and product life-cycle management. Over the next five years, it says, “the focus will be on three key words: quiet, clean and sustainable.”
“GARDN’s work is critical to supporting the research-development capacity of players from our industry and strengthens Canadian know-how in green technologies for the aerospace industry,” said Jim Quick, Chairman of GARDN’s board of directors and President of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada. “The announcement not only demonstrates the government’s commitment to supporting the development of environmentally-friendly engines and aircraft, but also highlights its recognition of the important strategic value the aerospace industry adds to Canadian innovation, jobs and the economy.”
GARDN said it will pursue participation in other Canadian environmental collaboration initiatives, as well as in the activities of international organisations. In 2012, GARDN signed a cooperation agreement with the industry’s Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) for the promotion of green aviation research.