Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) recently recognized YVR’s commitment to airport environmental achievement with accolades for the airport’s Ground Run-up Enclosure (GRE) and Glycol Mitigation Project.
ACI-NA annually bestows four Environmental Achievement Awards to airports in the categories of Environmental Management, Mitigation, Outreach/Education and Community Involvement and Innovative / Special Projects. Winners must demonstrate the environmental benefit of their project, their innovative approach to the issue, effective implementation and overall cost effectiveness.
Canada’s first GRE opened at YVR in January and is a massive three-sided, open-roofed enclosure that reduces noise from engine run-ups conducted as part of regular aircraft maintenance. The facility, which stands as tall as a five-storey building and is located next to YVR’s South Terminal, uses aerodynamic design combined with sound-absorbing panels and louvered vents to channel noise up instead of out. It also offers a glycol recovery system for de-icing propeller aircraft during winter operations.
Award winners will be recognized at the annual ACI-NA conference held September 12 in Calgary.
• Learn more about the GRE, or take a free shuttle to the South Terminal Building, where you can take a closer look at the facility from an outdoor viewing platform. Shuttle service is available at the International Terminal on Arrivals Level 2 at Bus Bay 1, and at the Domestic Terminal on Arrival Level 2, exit Door F.