The Environment Report details key aspects of the Airport Authority's commitment to operating Vancouver International Airport in a sustainable manner. The report features programs, information and results about waste reduction, energy efficiency, minimizing noise and environmental management.
In addition to emissions, waste and noise management, we also aim to improve our environmental management in a range of areas including sustainable building design, hazardous materials, water quality and wildlife and habitat management.
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..
Between 2009 and 2013, the Airport Authority lighting team tested more than 50 samples of LEDs to find the best solution for lighting Domestic check-in counters. In 2013, we selected and installed custom-built LEDs that offer better light control, consistent colour and provide a 60 per cent energy reduction.
We oversee a number of programs aimed to reduce waste and increase recycling and waste diversion by employees, tenants and passengers. In 2013, we diverted 38% of materials away from the local landfill.
The first such facility in Canada, the $12 million Ground Run-Up Enclosure (GRE) uses aerodynamic design combined with special sound absorbing panels to reduce and direct noise away from residential areas. Since it opened in January 2012, operators have conducted more than 1,400 run-ups in the facility, and noise heard in neighbouring communities has been reduced by up to 50 per cent.