Being a Leader in Sustainability
YVR has maintained a strong reputation for sustainability and in 2015 we focused on further integrating sustainability into our business decision-making and reporting.
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PLAN
In 2015, we launched our renewed Environmental Management Plan. The plan builds on YVR’s Environmental, Health and Safety Management System, which aligns to criteria in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 and safety standards in the Occupational Health & Safety Advisory Services (OHSAS) 18001. The Environmental Management Plan sets the path for our environmental activities and reporting, with strategic priorities and ambitious 2020 targets that aim to improve ecosystem health while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, waste and potable water consumption.
YVR’S MASTER PLAN
Vancouver Airport Authority updates its Master Plan, which is essentially a land-use plan,every ten years as part of our ground lease with the federal government. In 2015, we launched Phase 1 of planning and consultation for our new Master Plan, which outlines how YVR will meet the needs of stakeholders and communities in the future.
We launched an online platform to provide information on the engagement process and invited the community to share its perspective on the future. Our team travelled across BC to find out more about our shared vision for the airport, what the airport of the future could look like and what we need to do to get there. The consultation process will move to Phase 2 and 3 in 2016,with completion scheduled for 2017. Learn more about how you can participate at yvr2057.ca.
AIRSIDE OPERATIONS BUILDING
In 2015, Graham Construction received the Gold Award of Excellence for YVR’s new Airside Operations Building (AOB) at the Vancouver Regional Construction Association awards.
One look at the AOB and it’s easy to see why. The building features an abundance of natural light, combined with natural materials and thoughtful design aimed at effectively supporting all of the activities taking place there. Consolidating all airside operations under one roof, the AOB includes plenty of sustainable features: from solar hot water and photovoltaic panels to a wind turbine, geoexchange field, energy efficient LED lighting and a rainwater collection system for non-potable uses. The building’s sole wind turbine has been installed as a pilot to benchmark its ability to produce alternative energy sources. It produced a total of 4,300 kWh of electricity in 2015 and the solar photovoltaic system contributed 8,132 kWh.