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ACI-NA Environmental Achievement Awards: YQB ranked one of the top North American airports for its environmental management

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Québec City, April 3, 2019 – Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) has been given an Environmental Achievement Award by the Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA). The award celebrates the accomplishments and dedicated work of North American airports in environmental awareness and innovation. YQB’s environmental management plan won in the Mitigation category.

“We’re extremely proud to receive this award and the recognition that comes with it. We were told that the judges were particularly impressed by YQB’s energy savings over the past few years. They believed that the airport’s achievements go above and beyond compared to past airport projects and said that YQB has set an example. We couldn’t be happier or prouder of our employees, who have worked incredibly hard day after day to innovate and reach the industry’s highest standards,” stated Gaëtan Gagné, President and CEO of YQB.

Among others, this award recognizes the sustainable development strategy for the terminal expansion and reorganization project. This project completely transformed the face of the airport and made concrete improvements to both technology and sustainable development. Incorporating sustainable development very early in the project led to significant energy savings while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. YQB’s energy-saving measures allowed it to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 54% from 2016 to 2018, even though the airport’s area has doubled. Similarly, despite major construction work, its excellent residual materials management meant that in 2017, 63.8% of recyclable materials were recovered, placing YQB second among Canadian airports.

YQB’s sustainable development strategy hinges on its sustainable development manual, which in turn is based on the Sustainable Airport Manual (SAM). The SAM framework is used by many international airports that are leaders in sustainable development (San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, Atlanta, Paris, Amsterdam, etc.). It aims to integrate sustainable development very early in the planning process for actions and projects.


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.

Recent awards: 

  • 2019 – Best Environmental Practices – ACI-NA
  • 2019 and 2018 – Employee Recommended Workplace Awards, presented by Morneau Shepell and The Globe and Mail
  • 2018 – Airport Innovation and Excellence Award – Canadian Tourism Awards
  • 2018 – Excellence in Communication Practices – ACI-NA
  • 2018 – INOVA Award from the Urban Development Institute of Québec
  • 2018 – Level 2 Airport Carbon Accreditation certification
  • 2018 – Grands prix du génie-conseil québécois – mechanical and electrical building engineering 
  • 2017 and 2015 – 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 “” 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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Laurianne Lapierre
Advisor, Communications and Media Relations
Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport
Phone: 418 640‑2700, extension 2624