Air Canada has announced it will take part in a project to test biofuels made from used cooking oils on selected flights between Montreal and Toronto.

The  Civil Aviation Alternate Fuel Contrail and Emissions Research (CAAFCER) project being spearheaded by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is assessing the impact biofuels have on the formation of contrails. Reducing the thickness of contrails would be positive news for the environment.

“We are pleased to support Canada’s research on the additional benefits of aviation biofuel. This project is an important step in furthering the industry’s understanding of how biofuel reduces aviation’s carbon footprint and overall environmental impact. Air Canada recognizes its environmental responsibilities and the importance of understanding and integrating environmental considerations into our business decisions,” said Teresa Ehman, Director, Environmental Affairs at Air Canada.

The NRC will use a bespoke T-33 research jet fitted out with sensors to monitor five biofuel flights operated by Air Canada between Montreal and Toronto. The sensors will provide data on the contrail biofuel emissions produced.