YVR is focused on reducing carbon. We work with employees, business partners and communities to minimize greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, buildings and aircraft. We promote alternative transportation to and from YVR, keep airport infrastructure updated and raise awareness of clean air practices.
YVR measures greenhouse gas emissions under three categories: direct emissions from airport operations, indirect emissions from electricity and emissions generated from our partners and the community.
As outlined in our 2020 – 2024 Environmental Management Plan, we have made a bold, multi-decade commitment to become carbon neutral in 2020 and achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. This commitment considers direct emissions for airport operations.
Our efforts to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 include:
- Completing Canada’s largest GeoExchange system
- Introducing zero-emissions fleet vehicles and electric buses
- Investing in clean energy and new low-carbon technologies, including solar power
- Purchasing high-quality, BC-based carbon offsets
- Providing ground power units so crews can shut down aircraft engines and plug into BC’s clean electricity
- Recertifying at Level 3 under the Airport Carbon Accreditation program
YVR became carbon accredited through Airports Council International (ACI) and its Carbon Accreditation program in 2016. In 2018, YVR received Level 3 Carbon Accreditation from ACI, recognizing our efforts to be a leader in sustainability. From May 2018 to May 2019, airports that were a part of the Airport Carbon Accreditation program collectively reduced CO₂ emissions by more than 322,000 tonnes, the equivalent benefit of planting eight million trees over 10 years.
Learn more about our journey to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, including a full list of our initiatives, in our Carbon Reduction Roadmap.
Learn more about our progress with reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy efficiency in our Annual and Sustainability Report.