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Supporting Our Business Partners

YVR is part of an industry group working with Transport Canada to reduce emissions from aircraft auxiliary power units and ground support equipment. We also work closely with our Sea Island businesses to reduce their ecological footprints.

As part of a working group with Transport Canada, we look at ways to reduce emissions from aircraft auxiliary power units and ground support equipment. We also work closely with our business partners to reduce their footprints.

Gate Infrastructure

We work closely with our airline partners to optimize gate infrastructure and reduce environmental impacts. Since 2012, we have been installing pre-conditioned air units, which maintain the temperature and air quality of parked aircraft by bringing external, filtered air into the cabin. In 2017, we upgraded six gates with pre-conditioned air units; 84 per cent of YVR’s gates now have both pre-conditioned air and ground power, up from 42 per cent in 2012.

Ground Service Equipment

We continue to work towards our goal, established in 2015, of having 50 per cent of the ground handling fleet at YVR running on electric power by 2020. In 2017 there were 341 licensed vehicles, 127 of which were electric—representing 37 per cent of the total fleet. Also, 51 per cent of the baggage support equipment in 2017 was electric. In addition, there are currently 38 common-use charging stalls at four aircraft gates to support our electrification goal.

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