YYZ Wins Environment Award For 60% Reduction In GHG Emissions

Airports Council International - North America (ACI) has awarded Toronto Pearson International Airport and The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) with the 2020 Environmental Achievement Award, recognizing their efforts to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions.

In 2009, the GTAA set a goal to reduce GHG emissions by 20% (from 2006 levels) by 2020. At the end of 2019, it had reduced emissions by almost 60%, with approximately 30% of these reductions coming from GTAA operational changes and innovations and the other 30% attributed to the cleaning of the provincial power supply.

"We're extremely proud of the results we've seen from our Sustainability Strategy," says Todd Ernst, Director of Aviation Infrastructure, Energy and Environment at the GTAA.

"In 2009, the impact of climate change was becoming increasingly clear. We moved proactively to find ways of reducing energy consumption and associated GHG emissions. We believed then, as we do today, that it is our responsibility, as Canada's largest airport and a leading global mega hub, to make a meaningful contribution in this area."

Some of the initiatives GTAA has introduced to reduce emissions include: 

  • providing pre-conditioned air and ground power to aircraft to prevent the use of jet fuel while parked at the gate
  • replacing metal halide lights with LEDs
  • installing energy-efficient variable-speed drives for its baggage systems
  • installing more accessible Electric Vehicle charging stations at the terminals
  • introducing two new electric shuttle buses.

The annual Environmental Achievement Awards acknowledge the achievements and dedication of ACI members by promoting awareness of the many innovative efforts taking place at airports.

A virtual awards presentation will take place on 26AUG, 2020.

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