The Airport Authority promotes resource-efficient operations and identifies ways to reduce consumption of natural gas, diesel, gasoline, water and electricity at YVR. We have a long-term goal to improve electrical efficiency, which has resulted in cumulative savings of more than $11 million dollars in electricity costs since 1999. In 2013, the Airport Authority decreased electrical energy consumption per square metre by 1.2 per cent, not meeting our target to decrease energy consumption by 2 per cent.
Changing technologies, new concepts, operating procedures and terminal renovations offer opportunities. Our internal Energy Efficiency Committee, a cross-departmental team of employees, identified lighting that could be turned off at times by schedules, photocells, motion detectors or eliminated altogether. Two lighting upgrade projects – one in the terminal and one on the Arthur Laing Bridge are helping us move towards our electrical target.
In 2009, we created a lighting technology team to look at options for improving lighting throughout Sea Island, with a focus on the Domestic Terminal. Between 2009 and 2013, the Airport Authority lighting team tested more than 50 samples of LEDs to find the best solution for lighting Domestic check-in counters. In 2013, we selected and installed custom-built LEDs that offer better light control, consistent colour and provide a 60 per cent energy reduction.
In 2013, the lighting team also completed a substantial upgrade to fixtures on the Arthur Laing Bridge, which was completely refitted with new LED light fixtures. As one of the first pieces of YVR infrastructure seen by travellers coming and going from YVR, the bridge and its new lights offer a more welcoming aesthetic while saving us approximately 77,700 kilowatt hours of savings every year.
Power Smart Programs
The Airport Authority continued to participate in BC Hydro’s Energy Manager Program in 2013. This program dedicates an existing employee to energy-saving projects at YVR. Our Energy Manager is supported by the Energy Efficiency Committee.