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The GARDN Community Is Working on Proposing a Green Aviation Program for Canada’s Future

Nov 29, 2016

The 3rd Integration Workshop of the Green Aviation Research & Development Network (GARDN) drew close to 50 participants when it was held in Ottawa on November 18, 2016. Participants came from across the country and even from abroad, notably to attend a presentation on the impact of the European REACH regulation on the aerospace sector as well as interactive sessions on the technology roadmap.

EcoMundo, a team of scientific experts from France specializing in chemical substances and their regulations, made representatives of Canada’s aerospace industry aware of the importance of the REACH regulation and provided them with relevant information. “The impacts of the REACH regulation are, in fact, underestimated when it comes to the aerospace sector,” said GARDN Executive Director Sylvain Cofsky. According to Mr. Cofsky, EcoMundo’s presentation was an eye-opener for participants about their REACH obligations.

The afternoon was spent continuing the development work on a technology roadmap. For the occasion, Dr. Simon Weeks, Chief Technology Officer of the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), started off with a presentation on the current aerospace approach in the United Kingdom. “The ATI values the relationship that is forming with Canadian colleagues at GARDN and with the wider Canadian aerospace community – benefiting both the UK and Canadian aerospace sectors. It was a pleasure to be invited to speak at GARDN’s recent Integration Workshop and share insights about the ATI’s process of road mapping technologies and discuss how the UK and Canada can collaborate on reducing the environmental impact of the next generation of aircraft”, said Dr. Weeks.

The group was split into three concurrent sessions on GARDN research topics (Clean, Quiet and Sustainable) in order to work on a technology roadmap exercise. Discussions were lively until the very end, with everyone agreeing on the importance of proposing an exclusive green aviation program for the future.

The 3rd Integration Workshop was a success. The GARDN team would like to extend a special thanks to EcoMundo and the ATI for travelling so far to discuss the importance of green aviation on an international scale.