As part of our commitment to a sustainable airport, we have a long-term goal to improve electricity efficiency which has resulted in cumulative savings of more than $11 million dollars in electricity costs since 1999.
Smart Heating and Cooling
The Airport Authority continues to reduce its natural gas consumption through the use of solar hot water, lowered night room temperatures, CO2 sensors, improved scheduling and system tune-ups. Along with ongoing monitoring of our temperatures, these tactics help significantly reduce energy consumption in the terminal.
Using flight schedules, motion detectors and other tools, the Airport Authority takes an area-by-area approach to identify areas in which lighting can be reduced or turned off altogether. In 2012, two major lighting retrofit projects converted inefficient lighting into more efficient bulbs. This effort saved two gigawatt hours of energy, which is equivalent to removing approximately 200 B.C. homes from the electricity grid.
Power Smart Programs
The Airport Authority was once again the proud recipient of a BC Hydro Power Smart Leadership Excellence award in 2012. This award is presented to Power Smart Leaders who achieve greater levels of energy savings year-over-year, demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement.
We also renewed participation in BC Hydro’s Energy Manager Program in 2012, a program that dedicates an existing staff member to look at energy efficiency opportunities and implement energy-saving projects at our airport.