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Montréal-Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport has become the first airport in Canada to be certified under the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) standard for its efforts towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The announcement was made by Aéroports de Montréal (ADM), the main airport authority in Greater Montreal, which is responsible for both Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Montréal-Mirabel International Airports.

The Airport Carbon Accreditation programme was introduced by the Airports Council International (ACI) as a standardised, independent method for airports to define and promote their CO² emissions management and reduction efforts.

"This important recognition testifies to our commitment to protecting the environment and lowering our greenhouse-gas emissions."

ADM CEO James Cherry said: "This important recognition testifies to our commitment to protecting the environment and lowering our greenhouse-gas emissions.

"All of our expansion and modernisation 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 square metre."

The airport’s initiatives such as setting up an ultra-high-performance thermal plant, designed for energy recovery to reduce CO² emissions, which is powered mainly by electricity and natural gas, has driven significant gains in energy efficiency and emissions reduction since 2003.

ADM has also developed an automated window-shade system to keep natural light at optimum levels in the terminal with the help of the Concordia University and the company Somfy.

Some of the other initiatives include LED lighting on runways and taxiways, airport roads, variable-speed escalators and moving sidewalks.

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.


Image: The new US departures sector and control tower at Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. Photo: courtesy of FRED.