Vancouver Airport Authority is committed to being a leader in sustainability and sound environmental management. Our primary objective, stated in our Safety, Security and Environmental Policy, is to build, operate and maintain a safe, secure and environmentally sustainable airport for our employees and customers. We respect the environment by adhering to industry best practices, launching comprehensive management plans, preparing for change and assessing our impact.
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PLAN
To ensure that we continually improve our environmental performance, the Airport Authority has an Environmental, Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS) that aligns to environmental management criteria laid out in International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 and occupational health and safety standards set out in Occupational Health & Safety Advisory Services (OHSAS) 18001. In 2014, we renewed our five-year Environmental Management Plan, which builds upon these principles. The new plan articulates the Airport Authority’s drive toward environmental excellence and identifies the programs and initiatives that will embed environmental sustainability into YVR’s activities and corporate culture. Four strategic priorities and their corresponding measurable goals, targets and baselines will influence the sustainable growth and development of YVR. These strategic priorities include: reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce waste, reduce potable water consumption and improve ecosystem health.
The Environmental Management Plan sets 2015 benchmarks for future reporting, starting in 2016. For 2014 reporting, we focused on the five strategic priorities laid out in the previous plan. These included:
- Reduce emissions
- Reduce energy
- Reduce waste
- Implement a Communication, Awareness, Recognition and Education (CARE) program
- Continually improve environmental programs