Skip to content

Airport Carbon Accreditation - YQB furthers its environmental leadership and becomes one of the most energy-efficient airports in North America

06 mar

Québec City, March 6, 2020 - Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (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 Québec 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% compared to 2016, even though the terminal has expanded by 60%. 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), Optimisation (level 3) and Neutrality (level 3+). Only 17 airports in North America have reached level 3, and just 6 of those are in Canada.

For more information on Airport Carbon Accreditation, visit the program’s website at 

About Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB)

YQB is managed by Aéroport de Québec Inc., a private corporation responsible for the airport’s management, operation, maintenance and development since November 1, 2000. Around a dozen carriers offer flights from YQB to destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico and Europe, and daily flights to the main hubs in eastern North America.

Laurianne Lapierre
Advisor, Communications and Media Relations
Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport
Phone: 418-640‑2700, ext. 2624