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YVR Awarded Carbon Accreditation at Airports Council International

Environmental Impact from Airport Reduced and Recognized

Today, YVR was recognized for our efforts in becoming a sustainable airport after being awarded Level 2 Airport Carbon Accreditation by Airports Council International in Montreal.

“Sustainability is at the core of everything we do at YVR and this recognition from the Airports Council and Airport Carbon Accreditation is a tremendous reflection of our commitment to being world leaders in sustainability at YVR,” said Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “We launched our Environmental Management Plan last year and this accreditation is proof that our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and be a sustainable airport are working and we are well on our way towards reaching our 2020 goals.”

YVR launched a new Environmental Management Plan last year that outlined our commitment to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 33% by 2020. The Level 2 accreditation recognizes our efforts in measuring our carbon footprint and making significant steps towards reducing emissions each year.

“As an ambitious industry, airports like YVR are doing their part to be good partners by promoting sustainability and environmentally responsible practices,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. “By achieving the ambitious goals of Airport Carbon Accreditation Level 2, Vancouver Airport Authority is setting our industry on a path toward continued success in innovation and sustainability.”

The Airport Carbon Accreditation was launched at the 2009 annual assembly of ACI EUROPE, allowing the assessment and recognition of participating airports’ efforts to manage and reduce their CO emissions. Airport Carbon Accreditation is an independent, voluntary program administered by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, an international consultancy appointed by ACI EUROPE to enforce the accreditation criteria for airports on an annual basis. The administration of the program is overseen by an independent Advisory Board.

In following its 2015-2019 Environmental Management Plan commitment to improve ecosystem health, YVR recently achieved Salmon Safe certification. In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 33 per cent, YVR is also working to divert 50 per cent of waste from landfill and reduce potable water consumption by 30 per cent.

"Vancouver Airport Authority strives to be leaders in environmental management. Our primary goal is to build, maintain and operate a safe and environmentally sustainable airport. To effectively manage our impact on the environment we maintain robust policies and procedures aligned with our values and actively identify and report issues or hazards, promoting a culture of accountability. We are also always seeking to improve performance – because we care about our environment and our place in it on Sea Island in beautiful British Columbia."