The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that aviation emissions represent approximately 2% of global anthropogenic Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. This amount is predicted to increase as demand growth outstrips industry-wide efficiency gains while other sectors achieve a reduction. WAA is committed to monitoring greenhouse gas emissions and developing innovative reduction strategies to continue on the path towards becoming a carbon neutral facility.
While aircraft are a significant source of aviation emissions, additional airport sources include ground support equipment emissions, fleet vehicles and stationary sources such as boilers, generators and incinerators. WAA implemented a proactive emissions reduction plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and criteria air contaminants for groundside and airside operations at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport.
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories were prepared for years 2008 and 2013. A comparison of the 2013 results to the 2008 baseline results suggest that there was a reduction of 19 percent GHG emissions from stationary sources under WAA’s direct ownership and control. Several relevant emissions reduction initiatives were implemented within this time period, most notably the opening and operation of the energy efficient Air Terminal Building.
Winnipeg Richardson International Airport – Airport Carbon Accreditation
In 2016, Winnipeg Richardson International Airport achieved Level One Mapping certification under the Airport Carbon Accreditation Program. Introduced by Airports Council International, the accreditation is an institutionally-endorsed, global carbon management certification program for airports. It independently assesses and recognizes the efforts of airports to manage and reduce their carbon emissions through four levels of certification: ‘Mapping’, ‘Reduction’, ‘Optimization’ and ‘Neutrality’.
In order to achieve Level One Mapping certification, WAA completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory for year 2014 operations. The scope of the inventory included all emission sources where WAA has direct ownership and control, including emissions from fuel, electricity and natural gas consumed in its generators, boilers, chillers, fleet vehicles and buildings.