Our airport has an Environmental Management System based on the requirements of ISO14001:2015. This includes many programs and procedures, such as:
- Management of Storage Tanks
- Waste Management
- Carbon Reduction
- Wildlife Management
- Management of Halocarbons (in cooling and air conditioning systems)
- Environmental Incident Management and Emergency Preparedness
- Management of Aircraft De-icing and Anti-icing (from October to May each year)
- Management of Projects and Construction Activities
- Environment Auditing
Airport Carbon Accreditation
In May 2019, we achieved Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) Level 3 – Optimisation. For this we developed and implemented a Stakeholder Engagement Plan, detailing wider scale initiatives aimed at encouraging our airport partners to reduce their own direct carbon emissions. This achievement puts us in company with four of the largest airports in Canada who have also reached ACA Level 3 – Optimisation.
Projects to reduce our emissions, such as the retrofit of LED lighting in the Airport Terminal Building and the installation of a voltage optimization system, were completed toward the end of 2018 and very positive reductions in electricity consumption have so far been achieved in 2019. We are now setting our sights on further reducing our carbon footprint. Projects on our airfield are continuing with an LED flood lighting upgrade on our main apron. In addition, the purchase of more fuel efficient vehicles and training in smart driving practices are helping to reduce our fuel use. We undertake energy efficiency awareness campaigns with staff and stakeholders and we are committed to the ongoing review of the latest technologies in order to identify further improvements.
Potable Water Reduction
In 2018 new initiatives to reduce our water consumption in our terminal building were underway. Aerators in washroom faucets will save an estimated 66% of water use at the taps. Other initiatives, such as replacing flush valves on urinals and resetting flow rates on toilets, will continue into 2019 and will save a significant quantity of water.
Waste Diversion Programs
The Greater Moncton International Airport Authority Inc (GMIAA) segregates the waste generated by the airport wherever practicable, to minimize waste sent to landfill.
Separate receptacles are placed throughout the terminal building for segregation of recyclable waste and general waste. Organic waste is sent for composting at a local facility.
GMIAA also collects used batteries and cell phones, which are recycled through the Call2Recycle program.
YQM assesses all projects taking place on airport property for their environmental impact. This ensures that if necessary, steps can be taken to mitigate any potential adverse effects.
YQM did not initiate any projects that were likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects during the 2018 reporting period.