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Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport’s (YQB’s) efforts to reduce greenhouse gases have once again been recognized, as the airport has received Airport Carbon Accreditation Level 3 certification.
“Protecting the environment is a priority for YQB, and the organization is working constantly to ensure that its practices meet the highest environmental standards in the industry. YQB has established several environmental measures that have made Quebec City’s airport one of the most energy-efficient in North America,” stated Stéphane Poirier, president and CEO of YQB. “This certification shows once again that our efforts to limit the emissions from our own energy use are paying off,” he added.
Thanks to numerous energy-saving measures in recent years, YQB has succeeded in reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 44 per cent compared to 2016, even though the terminal has expanded by 60 per cent. In order to achieve ACA Level 3 accreditation, YQB has engaged its stakeholders in its efforts to reduce GHG emissions. In the coming months, they will take part in an air emissions management committee that will prepare concerted actions to limit GHG production at the airport.
Airport Carbon Accreditation is a global carbon management certification program established by the Airports Council International (ACI). The program provides airports with a common framework for active carbon management with measurable goalposts. The carbon emissions of each airport are independently verified using an evidence-based approach in accordance with ISO 14064 (Greenhouse Gas Accounting). The certification includes four levels: Mapping (Level 1), Reduction (Level 2), Optimization (Level 3) and Neutrality (Level 3+). Only 17 airports in North America have reached Level 3, and just six of those are in Canada.
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