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Pier D and the Environment

With the goal to become the world’s greenest airport, YVR is the first airport in Canada to commit to net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

To support this ambitious target, the new Pier D expansion was built with operational efficiencies top of mind to reduce YVR’s impact on the environment. As you move through Pier D, keep your eyes peeled for the following key environmental highlights:

Energy Efficiency

Pier D terminal gate seating with view of cathedral ceiling lighting and windows

To create an energy efficient space, Pier D was built with a heat recovery system to help circulate air and reduce the heating and cooling demands within the building. In Pier D, heat is recovered from washroom exhaust, electrical rooms and building relief air (intake airflow) to lower our carbon footprint. 

Carbon Reduction

In support of emissions reduction goals for the aviation industry, YVR is supporting airline partners with the following: 

Line of eGSE charging stations for ground handler vehicles

  • 30 electric ground support equipment (eGSE) charging stations at various airside locations making a total of 94 charging stations available

Ecobus pulling up to a line of ecobus charging stations

  • 8 ecobus charging stations for electric buses 

Waste Reduction

Tables beside the Pier D atrium, crafted from recycled chopsticks

YVR partnered with ChopValue, a local Vancouver company who turns chopstick waste into something beautiful and functional. For the Pier D expansion, there are tables throughout the terminal that are made entirely from recycled chopsticks.

Chopsticks recycled - by the numbers
  • 35 Total ChopValue tables
  • 107,915 Total recycled chopsticks used in the expansion
  • 148.27 kg Total carbon stored

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