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The Vancouver International Airport will improve its main terminal’s building performance and reduce its overall emissions, thanks to a combined investment of more than $3.5 million from the governments of Canada and British Columbia.
Announced by MP Wilson Miao, B.C. minister George Heyman, and Christoph Rufenacht from Vancouver International Airport, this project will support clean energy solutions. It will reduce the main terminal building’s emissions by switching from natural gas to electricity for domestic water heating.
The project will also decarbonize three domestic hot water loops through the installation of air-source heat pumps.
These improvements are expected to reduce the facility’s greenhouse gas emissions by 855 tonnes annually. This work will allow the airport to service food preparation areas and washrooms, while minimizing its environmental impact.
“Green retrofits modernize facilities and take climate action one building at a time. Today’s investment to upgrade the Vancouver International Airport, which services thousands of travelling Canadians daily, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and supports our goal of promoting healthy and sustainable communities into the future,” said Miao, member of parliament for Richmond Centre, on behalf of Sean Fraser, minister of housing, infrastructure and communities.
“This project advances our commitment to reducing carbon pollution and creating more job opportunities for people in a cleaner economy. The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program collaborates with the federal and local governments to build climate resilient public infrastructure for a safer and better future for everybody,”said Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.
“To reach our target of net zero by 2030, we must prioritize innovation and collaboration to reduce carbon emissions and strengthen the green economy for generations to come. We are grateful to both the Governments of Canada and British Columbia for their partnership as we strive to become an organization that sets the bar for sustainability, and a hub of innovation which supports the local economy and environment,” said Christoph Rufenacht, vice-president, airport development and asset optimization, Vancouver International Airport.
• The Government of Canada is investing $2,099,059 in this project, while the Government of British Columbia is investing $1,475,112.
• The Government of Canada’s funding comes from the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. This program is a part of the government’s Investing in Canada Plan.
This press release was prepared and distributed by Infrastructure Canada.