The Environment Report details key aspects of the Airport Authority's commitment to operating Vancouver International Airport in a sustainable manner. The report features programs, information and results about waste reduction, energy efficiency, minimizing noise and environmental management.



Managing Aircraft Noise

In 2012, we opened Canada’s first Ground Run-Up Enclosure (GRE). Located at YVR’s Airport South, the GRE reduces noise from run-ups performed by propeller and jet aircraft heard in neighbouring communities by up to 50%.

Reduce Emissions

We aim to reduce greenhouse gas and air-pollutant emissions by working with our business partners to limit vehicle and aircraft emissions, promote alternative forms of transportation, and improve airport systems and infrastructure.

Reduce Energy

We promote resource-efficient operations and identify ways to reduce energy consumption. In 2012, we reduced electrical energy consumption per square metre by 3.9%, exceeding our target to decrease energy consumption by 2%.

Reduce Waste

We oversee a number of programs aimed to reduce waste and increase recycling and waste diversion by employees, tenants and passengers. In 2012, we diverted 38% of materials away from the local landfill.

Environmental Management

In addition to our work to reduce emissions, waste and manage aircraft noise, we strive for continual improvement in the following program areas:

  • Environmental Impact Assessment & Sustainable Building Design
  • Hazardous Materials & Water Quality
  • Wildlife Management & Natural Habitat

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