Québec City, May 23, 2017. – The effort made by Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions has been recognized by Level 2 certification under the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) program.
"This certification recognizes the effort we are making to efficiently manage our atmospheric emissions and reduce the environmental impact of our activities. We are proud to be one of only four airports in Canada and sixteen in North America to obtain Level 2 certification," says Gaëtan Gagné, YQB's president and CEO. "Our goal is to improve our environmental performance on an ongoing basis and to become a leader in the airport industry," he adds.
ACA is a worldwide certification program for carbon management set up by Airport Council International (ACI) to assess and recognize the greenhouse gas reduction efforts made by airports. It is based on verification by an independent third party. There are four certification levels: mapping (level 1), reduction (level 2), optimization (level 3) and neutrality (level 3+).
"Our medium-term objective is to achieve Level 3 certification, based on optimization of our CO2 reduction. This means that YQB must address category 3 emissions, in other words emissions over which we have no direct control, but which directly affect the airport," Mr. Gagné explains. The emissions covered include those produced by handling equipment on the ground, as well as aircraft movements (landing, take-off, parking and taxiing).
The ACA program gives airports a common framework for active carbon management, with measurable objectives. Carbon emissions at each airport are verified independently in accordance with ISO 14064 (greenhouse gas accounting) and on the basis of tangible evidence.
For more information about the Airport Carbon Accreditation program, click here.
About Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB)
YQB is managed by Aéroport de Québec Inc., the private corporation responsible since November 1, 2000, for the management, operation, maintenance and development of Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB). Around a dozen carriers use YQB to offer connections to North America, Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico and Europe, and daily flights to the main hubs in eastern North America.
- 2018 – Level 2 Airport Carbon Accreditation certification
- 2018 – Grands prix du génie-conseil québécois – mechanical and electrical building engineering
- 2018 - Employee Recommended Workplace Awards, presented by Morneau Shepell and The Globe and Mail
- 2017 - Priority Pass Lounge of the Year Awards – Best lounge in North America
- 2017 - Élixir PMI-Montréal award for outstanding management of the YQB 2018 project
- 2017 - Boomerang Award – website or application – service of the year award for the "YQB, Aéroport de Québec" mobile app
- 2016 – Boomerang Award – website or application – service of the year award for the "aeroportdequebec.com" website
- 2016 - Priority Pass Lounge of the Year Awards – Highly Commended
- 2013/2011/2010 Best airport in North America in the 0 to 2 million passenger category, Airport Service Quality (ASQ)
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