• Rodrigo Cubedo

A Major Step Forward in Advanced Air Mobility – Promising Canadian Sustainability Analysis Results

The Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Consortium (CAAM) consists of multiple stakeholder groups dedicated to advancing research, development and commercial operations in the advanced air mobility industry. In order to promote Canada as a global leader in this sector, members in aerospace, digitalization, manufacturing, automotive and artificial intelligence collaborate to expand regional strategies to a national scale.

Canadian Advanced Air Mobility

CAAM has just released their Triple Bottom Line Analysis, which focuses on the transportation of Cancer fighting isotopes between Vancouver and Victoria in the province of British Columbia. The report covers key aspects of sustainability in advanced air mobility development – the economy, environment and society.

Economic Impact Analysis

This report analyzes direct, indirect and induced economic impacts of advanced air mobility over the next 20 years for the Greater Vancouver area. The report concludes that the sector has the potential to:

· Create more than 2,000 permanent jobs by 2040

· Generate approximately $2 Billion CAD for the local economy by 2040

· Attract eVTOL manufacturers to the province which creates more jobs

· Receive infrastructure funding entirely through private capital due to high return-on-investment

· Promote trade and connectivity with Seattle, Washington and Portland

· Accelerate BC’s clean hydrogen industry

Environmental Life Cycle Assessment

CAAM collaborated with our team at Brightspot Climate to measure the direct and indirect life cycle environmental impacts of implementing advanced air mobility technology, particularly eVTOL technology. Brightspot’s analysis identified that total emissions from utilizing eVTOLs for the transportation of cancer isotopes between Vancouver and Victoria is lower than conventional ground and helicopter transportation.

In addition, PET scan availability will increase due to faster isotope arrival – this translates to 4,750 patients treated via eVTOL delivery, compared to 3,290 via helicopter and 2,580 via ferry.

Social and Public Engagement Strategy

This report outlined a strategy to develop a toolkit for driving public engagement on advanced air mobility topics in Greater Vancouver. CAAM emphasizes the importance of publicly accessible and transparent documents to enable collaboration, critique and development of frameworks. The strategy plans to:

· Engage heavily with the Vancouver public, Indigenous communities, and environmental, mobility and labor organizations

· Host virtual town halls, build civil literacy, host public technology demonstrations and present findings to the government

With a promising Triple Bottom Line analysis, the advanced air mobility sector is one step closer to developing and deploying eVTOL technology in Greater Vancouver. Our team at Brightspot is excited to collaborate on future environmental initiatives with CAAM and accelerate the transition to a green future.

Read the public reports here:

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