Our airport has an Environmental Management System based on the requirements of ISO14001. This includes many programs and procedures, such as:
- Management of Storage Tanks
- Waste Management
- Carbon Reduction
- Wildlife Management
- Management of Halocarbons (in cooling and air conditioning systems)
- Environmental Incident Management and Emergency Preparedness
- Management of Aircraft De-icing and Anti-icing (from October to May each year)
- Management of Projects and Construction Activities
- Environment Auditing
Airport Carbon Accreditation
Projects to reduce our emissions, such as the retrofit of LED lighting in the Airport Terminal Building and on the airfield as well as the installation of a voltage optimization system, were completed in 2018 and 2019. Very positive reductions in electricity consumption were achieved. The purchase of more fuel-efficient vehicles and training in smart driving practices also helped to reduce our fuel use. We continue to promote energy efficiency with staff and stakeholders and we are committed to the ongoing review of the latest technologies in order to identify further improvements when it will be possible to do so.
In May 2019, we achieved Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) Level 3 – Optimisation. For this we developed and implemented a Stakeholder Engagement Plan, in addition to our Carbon Management Plan, detailing wider scale initiatives aimed at encouraging our airport partners to reduce their own direct carbon emissions. This achievement put us in company with four of the largest airports in Canada who had also reached ACA Level 3 – Optimisation.
Due to the economic impacts to the airport caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the application within the ACA program was not renewed in 2021. This does not mean, however, that our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint has changed. In the short-term, focus is being placed on low and no cost initiatives and planning for long-term carbon reduction.
Potable Water Reduction
In recent years initiatives to reduce our water consumption in our terminal building were undertaken. Aerators in washroom faucets saves water use at the taps. Other initiatives, such as replacing flush valves on urinals and resetting flow rates on toilets were also completed to reduce water use.
Waste Diversion Programs
The Greater Moncton International Airport Authority Inc (GMIAA) segregates the waste generated by the airport wherever practicable, to minimize waste sent to landfill.
Separate receptacles are placed throughout the terminal building for segregation of recyclable waste and general waste. Organic waste from certain areas is sent for composting at a local facility.
GMIAA also collects used batteries and cell phones, which are recycled through the Call2Recycle program.
YQM assesses all projects taking place on airport property for their environmental impact. This ensures that, if necessary, steps can be taken to mitigate any potential adverse effects.