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YVR airport first in Canada for sustainability recognition

Talk about levelling up.
YVR breaks passenger record in 2017; changes planned for the airport. Image / Richmond News archive

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in Richmond is once again being recognized for its sustainability work, resulting in an even higher accreditation from Airports Council International.

YVR is the first airport in Canada, and one of three in North America, to achieve a "Level 4+" accreditation in the council's four-level Airport Carbon Accreditation. It recognizes the airport's work in carbon reduction.

"At YVR, we have a long history of innovation and sustainability and are proud to be at the forefront of creating a greener, more resilient future for our airport and aviation as well as our community and the economy that supports it," said Tamara Vrooman, president and CEO at Vancouver Airport Authority in a press release.

"Achieving this new level of certification is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and innovative mindset of our YVR team and business partners. I look forward to continued progress toward our ambitious climate goals as we collaborate with industry and government to decarbonize our sector."

YVR continues to work under its "Roadmap to Net Zero Carbon" with a goal of becoming net zero by 2030 and one of the greenest airports in the world.

According to the airport authority, this includes green fleets, energy conservation and electrification, and replacing fossil fuels with renewable alternatives.

Furthermore, YVR was recognized by Airports Council International through an honourable mention at the 2022 Environmental Achievement Awards for the airport's net zero carbon road map.

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