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YMM recognized for reducing its carbon footprint

Last Updated Feb 22, 2023 at 10:38 am MST

Photo supplied by the Fort McMurray Airport Authority.

The Fort McMurray International Airport continues its work to be environmentally sound.

In a release, the Fort McMurray Airport Authority (FMAA) announced it received a Level 2 ‘Reduction’ certification in the Airports Council International’s Global Airport Carbon Accreditation Program (ACI).

ACI North America President and CEO Kevin M. Burke congratulated YMM for receiving this honour.

“As an ambitious industry, airports are doing their part to be good partners by promoting sustainability and environmentally responsible practices. I look forward to supporting their growth in the program as North American airports set our industry on a path toward continued success in innovation and sustainability.”

Since joining the program in 2020, the airport decreased its carbon emissions by 34 per cent.

“We’ve made several changes to Operations practices, such as reducing vehicle idling and switching to 100 per cent LED airfield lighting. When our maintenance vehicles require replacement, we source energy efficient models.” Said Cuyler Green, Vice-President of Operations and Infrastructure with the Fort McMurray Airport Authority.

Airport Carbon Accreditation monitors registered airports and how they manage and reduce carbon emissions in six levels: Mapping, Reduction, Optimization, Neutrality, Transformation, and Transition.

FMAA President and CEO Denean Robinson said their partners in carbon emissions reduction include airlines, service providers, ground handlers, tenants, and air traffic control.

“This accomplishment recognizes our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint as a responsible, environmentally conscious steward of our region. We are committed to collaborating with our airport campus partners to find further opportunities to reduce emissions.”

YMM is one of 11 airports in North American to receive the Level 2 certification.