YQB obtains Airport Carbon Accreditation for CO2 emissions management
Québec City, December 7, 2017 – This year’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) have been rewarded with Level 1 Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA).
“Like other airports across Canada, Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport started the ACA process in fall 2017 with the intention of being recognized for environmentally sound management,” said YQB president and CEO Gaëtan Gagné. “This accreditation shows our continued commitment to limiting emissions related to our own energy consumption. We intend to position ourselves among the leading Canadian airports in the fight against climate change,” he said.
ACA is a global certification program for carbon management established by Airport Council International (ACI). It assesses and recognizes airports’ efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and requires third party verification. There are four levels of certification: mapping (Level 1), reduction (Level 2), optimization (Level 3), and neutrality (Level 4).
The program provides airports with a common framework for active carbon management with measurable results. Carbon emissions are verified independently at each airport, in accordance with ISO 14064 (reporting of greenhouse gas emissions) and on the basis of supporting evidence.
Enviro Access was hired to independently audit YQB and verify the accuracy of the air emissions data and calculations provided by YQB’s Sustainable Development Department. It took a variety of emission sources emissions into account, including fuel, natural gas, propane, and electricity.
“The next step is to obtain Level 2 certification. We are currently working to attain it by next spring. Once again, this certification aligns with our desire to make Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport a world-class facility,” Mr. Gagné added.
Aéroport de Québec inc. is the privately held company that has been responsible for the management, operation, maintenance, and development of the Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) since November 1, 2000. Some dozen airlines offer multiple routes to destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Europe, with daily service to major hubs in northeastern North America.