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Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

YVR works with employees, business partners and communities to reduce vehicle, building and aircraft emissions. We promote alternative transportation to and from YVR, keep airport infrastructure updated and raise awareness of clean air practices.

As outlined in our Environmental Management Plan, we're working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 33 per cent by 2020. Our efforts include:

  • Conducting our own emissions inventory
  • Building and promoting the Canada Line
  • Installing electric vehicle charging stations
  • Opening a cell phone waiting lot
  • Building more than 7 km of new bicycle lanes on Sea Island since 2011
  • Launching a green commuter program for employees
  • Introducing hybrid, electric and right-sized equipment to improve vehicle fleet efficiency
  • Offering discounted licensing fees to taxi drivers who operate an efficient vehicle

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 2017 to May 2018, airports who were a part of the Airport Carbon Accreditation program collectively reduced CO₂ emissions by 347,000 tonnes, the equivalent benefit of planting eight million trees over 10 years. 

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