Winnipeg Airports Authority is committed to monitoring greenhouse gas emissions and developing innovative reduction strategies to continue on the path towards becoming a carbon neutral facility.
WAA maintains a Strategic Energy and Carbon Management Plan aimed at reducing emissions from sources that we own and control, including emissions from our fleet vehicles, buildings, and supporting equipment. The plan has led us to achieve an overall reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Airport carbon accreditation
Since 2016, Winnipeg Richardson International Airport has maintained Level One Mapping certification under the Airport Carbon Accreditation Program. The accreditation by Airports Council International is a 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.
To achieve Level One Mapping certification, WAA completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory of our operations. The inventory included all emission sources where we have direct ownership and control, including emissions from fuel, electricity, and natural gas consumed in generators, boilers, chillers, fleet vehicles, and buildings.
Tornado risk assessment and resilience
WAA is mindful that we need to be prepared for the impacts of climate change. With Parsons Canada and the University of Toronto, WAA commissioned a tornado risk assessment in 2018 to understand the probability and severity of tornado occurences at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport. The study results were analyzed and will be used to inform our building emergency evacuation plans.