Sustainable aviation

The global aviation industry is under increased pressure to meet the net-zero greenhouse gas emission targets that Canada and other jurisdictions have set. However, aviation is universally acknowledged as the hardest transportation sector to decarbonize. 

Our expertise

To support Canada's industry in achieving this ambitious target, the Aerospace Research Centre at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is using its unique R&D capabilities to support the aviation sector's transition to net-zero and scale up Canada's response to climate change. Through its Low-emission Aviation program, the Aerospace Research Centre is developing transformative technologies in the field of sustainable aviation and support the industry in the technology maturation of green technologies.

This program focuses on revolutionary technologies in the following 4 pillars for R&D and innovation with our strategic partners:

  • Novel aircraft configurations
  • Electrical propulsion systems
  • Clean fuel technologies
  • Batteries for airborne applications

Cross-cutting themes for the 4 pillars are:

  • Advancing technology demonstrators
  • Safety and certification
  • Modelling and simulation tools
  • Novel materials and manufacturing processes and techniques that are enablers of zero emission technologies


Discover other NRC programs that support Canada’s sustainable aviation goals:

Advanced Clean Energy program 

Accelerating the development of clean, renewable fuels, and energy storage materials

Advanced Manufacturing program 

Assisting transportation equipment manufacturers by spearheading breakthrough advanced manufacturing research 

Clean and Energy-efficient Transportation program

Developing technology solutions aimed at improving vehicle efficiency as well as infrastructure performance, economics and safety


Facilities and labs

Learn more about the NRC's facilities and labs that can help you develop, test and validate your sustainable aviation technologies:

Success stories

Learn more about our significant milestones and accomplishments in the field of sustainable aviation:

Why work with us

Our specialized advisory services range from testing and certification to calibration, prototyping, demonstrations, scale-up and consulting. With our experts and facilities dedicated to aerospace technologies, we can work with you to advance your new green technologies:

  • Collaborative R&D: In a joint effort, our research expertise can help you advance your R&D projects
  • Technical services: Our technical expertise can help you test and mature your technology and take it to the next level