The Airport Authority works with our business partners to minimize vehicle and aircraft emissions; promoting alternative forms of transportation to and from Sea Island; improving airport infrastructure to allow for low-emission practices; and raising awareness of clean air practices.
Our efforts to reduce emissions were acknowledged in 2013 by Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) with an Environmental Achievement Award in the Outreach, Education and Community Involvement Category. This award recognizes the Airport Authority’s Green Commuter Program and our ongoing infrastructure and community sponsorships of events such as Bike to Work Week.
In 2013, the Airport Authority conducted an emissions inventory which estimated pollutants released from a variety of sources such as aircraft, ground support equipment, public vehicle traffic, point sources and Airport Authority facility operations for the 2012 calendar year. While emissions from the Airport Authority corporate operations decreased, the inventory found an overall increase in YVR-wide emissions over the previous inventory completed in 2007. We will use this data to plan emission reduction activities by setting out priority areas and track future progress.
Improving Fleet Efficiency
The Airport Authority continues to improve its fleet by replacing older, larger vehicles with appropriately-sized, fuel-efficient models. In 2013, eight light-duty and seven off-road vehicles were introduced in to the fleet. In addition to introducing these vehicles, 11 light-duty vehicles, one bus and seven off-road vehicles were retired.
Green Commuter Program
The Green Commuter Program encourages employees to use alternative forms of transportation to get to and from work. Airport Authority employees receive a $ 50 per month financial incentive to take public transit, bicycle, walk or carpool to work. The Green Commuter Program had 171 participants, or 43 per cent of employees, in 2013. This collective effort reduced the amount of single-occupant vehicle trips to Sea Island by more than 818,000 kilometres.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
The Airport Authority opened two electric vehicle charging stations in our parkade in June 2013. The stations are located on Level 1 of the parkade, adjacent to International Arrivals. Since the units became operational in June, 167 charges have been recorded.