YVR is committed to sustainability. We work hard to lead the aviation industry with our innovative environmental, social and economic programs.
At YVR, we are powered by our vision to become a world class sustainable airport. As we work to realize our vision, we are looking ahead with a heightened sense of responsibility to continue to reduce the impact of our operations on climate change and take a leadership role in taking care of our environment.
YVR is located on Sea Island, surrounded by the Salish Sea and the Fraser River, both significant ecosystems that are home to sensitive wildlife habitat. As such, we intimately understand the risks of climate change, which is why environmental stewardship continues to be central to who we are and how we operate at YVR.
Our 2020 – 2024 Environmental Management Plan (EMP) outlines our environmental priorities for the next five years. It is aligned with our mission, vison and values and sets clear, measurable targets in four key areas:
Our environmental plan is also a journey—one where we will engage with our employees, passengers and the hundreds of businesses operating on Sea Island to reduce the impact of our operations on the environment and care for our resources while connecting British Columbia proudly to the world.
We know that achieving our environmental targets requires innovative thinking, design and solutions-oriented action. Above all, it requires teamwork. We invite you to join us on our journey.
There are inherent safety, security and environmental risks involved in operating an international airport. To effectively manage and mitigate these risks, YVR maintains robust policies, procedures and management systems aligned with our regulatory obligations. We also monitor, record and report on our environmental performance in many ways. We measure particulate matter in our air, record the content of YVR’s recycling and use the data to make sure we're hitting our sustainability goals. We are accountable through our community involvement, our Aeronautical Noise Management Committee and our Environmental Advisory Committee.