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Montréal–Trudeau recognised for carbon emission cutting efforts

Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) has announced that Montréal–Trudeau International Airport has become the first airport in Canada to be certified under the Airport Carbon Accreditation standard.

The gateway has become accredited at Level 2 Reduction and becomes the second accredited airport in North America.

The Airport Carbon Accreditation programme provides a standardized, independent method for airports to define, and promote, their CO2 emissions management and reduction efforts.

Accreditation recognizes efforts made toward control and reduction of an airport’s carbon emissions footprint.

The many initiatives targeting CO2 emissions reductions include the airport’s ultra-high-performance thermal plant, designed for energy recovery, which is powered mainly by electricity and natural gas, and has driven significant gains in energy efficiency and emissions reduction since 2003.

James C. Cherry, president and CEO, ADM, explains: “This important recognition testifies to our commitment to protecting the environment and lowering our greenhouse-gas emissions.

“All of our expansion and modernization projects at Montréal–Trudeau during the past two decades have included an energy-efficiency improvement component.

“For example, changes made to the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system since 2000 have enabled us to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from the terminal building by nearly 50% per m2.”

ADM also developed, in collaboration with Concordia University and the company Somfy, an automated window-shade system that keeps natural light at optimum levels in the terminal.

Other systems targeting similar energy efficiency goals include LED lighting on runways and taxiways, airport roads; plus variable-speed escalators and moving sidewalks.

In addition, all boarding bridges are equipped with electric power units and cool- or hot-air conduits to supply parked aircraft, avoiding use of onboard power units, which burn fossil fuels.

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