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Carbon Reduction

We are focused on reducing emissions from our operations, becoming carbon neutral in 2020 and net-zero by 2030.

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.

We made a bold commitment to become carbon neutral in 2020 and net zero by 2030. This commitment considers direct emissions for airport operations. 

In 2020, we achieved carbon neutrality with the purchase of carbon offsets for our direct, indirect, and corporate travel emissions from the Darkwoods Forest Offset Project, located in BC.

In order to achieve net zero by 2030, we have identified six decarbonization pathways to achieve our net zero target and will be pursuing:

  • Renewable fuels – like renewable natural gas and renewable diesel 
  • Electrifying our fleet – converting the rest of our light duty vehicles 
  • Green electrification – working with BC Hydro on 100% green electricity offerings 
  • On-site renewable energy supply – like solar photovoltaics and geoexchange 
  • Conservation and retrofits – improving lighting, building envelope and air systems efficiencies 
  • Closing the gap – Carbon removals and sequestration

While we do not have direct control over emissions from outside of our operations—those of our partners and the airport community—we recognize that we must also support all partners in reducing their emissions. This collective effort will drive performance and sustainability across our supply chain, which ultimately benefits our industry as well as our community and the surrounding environment. Some of the initiatives underway to support carbon reductions across the airport community include: 

  • Supporting the development of an ongoing supply of sustainable aviation fuel at YVR through our participation in BioPortYVR
  • Implementing an APU Shutdown Procedure for airlines and providing ground power units to encourage crews to shut down aircraft engines and plug into BC’s clean electricity
  • Investing in charging stations to support the uptake of electric ground support equipment and vehicles
  • Supporting tenant energy conservation through our [email protected] program which provides tenants with a complimentary energy audit and connects them to BC Hydro and Fortis BC rebates
  • Providing incentives to Airport Authority employees who walk, bike, take transit or rideshare to work through our Green Commuter Program

We are actively working on our journey to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030 and have accelerated our Carbon Reduction Roadmap to guide our actions and initiatives. 

YVR became carbon accredited through Airports Council International (ACI) and its Carbon Accreditation program in 2016. In 2018, YVR received Optimisation (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 progress with reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy efficiency in our Annual and Sustainability Report.

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