Aeroports of Montreal

Mission, commitment and environmental policy

Leading beyond tomorrow

Coexisting in harmony with the surrounding area, particularly in matters of environmental protection, is an integral part of the mission of Aéroports de Montréal (ADM). To this end, ADM has adopted an environmental policy that clearly states its commitment in this area. It has also taken significant action aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating the overall environmental impact of its operations. ADM is also working toward the implementation of a variety of programs designed to promote environmental stewardship and foster sustainable development.

Energy efficiency: Improving energy efficiency has a positive impact economically (lower energy costs), environmentally (reduced greenhouse gas emissions) and socially (enhanced comfort for employees as well as passengers in the terminal).

Engineering and construction: All projects involving facility modification are subject to environmental assessment procedures to ensure the integration of sustainable building design criteria.

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) : ADM has made significant effort, in recent years, to reduce energy use in the Montreal-Trudeau terminal. The thermal plant at Montréal-Trudeau airport, commissioned in 2003, is an energy-efficiency showcase. The new thermal plant achieved a 70% energy efficiency improvement over the previous one. A second electric boiler was installed in 2011.

Optimization of natural lighting and air conditioning demand to minimize energy by using motorized smart shades: The huge windows in the international and transborder jetties provide spectacular views, but they also result in solar heat gain that must be controlled so as to reduce air conditioning needs.

To address this, in 2007, ADM undertook a solar-energy management project with Concordia University’s Solar Buildings Research Network and Somfy, the company that manufactured the airport’s motorized shades.

The result is state-of-the-art intelligent motorized shades controlled by the airport building management system, which is equipped with light sensors and actuators programmed to minimize lighting and HVAC energy use through the raising and lowering of the shades, based on light levels and indoor and outdoor air temperatures.

Use of materials using less energy:

  • Ground power units replaced with 400 Hz electric power units built into the boarding bridges
  • Introduction of LED lamps, which use a third of the energy of incandescent bulbs, for runaways, taxiway lighting systems and the road network

Pilot project, with presence detectors and light sensors, is being tested at ADM headquarters.

Sustainable transportation: Any commitment to sustainable development must also include a commitment to sustainable transportation. At ADM, reduction of transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions is of primer concern. The Corporation has therefore adopted a series of measures to that end:

  • Upgrade of its fleet, adopting vehicles that are more fuel-efficient
  • Conversion of vehicles to cleaner fuels
  • Idling avoidance awareness campaign and eco-driving course
  • Implementation of the Écono-Écolo-Pratique program, promoting alternative in partnership with the Commuter Management Centre of Dévelopment économique
  • Aérotrain, a planned airport shuttle service, linking Montréal-Trudeau airport and downtown Montréal.

Reduce, re-use, recycle: ADM is determined to adopt an effective strategy for managing end-of-life-cycle products and the associated waste materials, with a view to reducing its environmental footprint to a minimum. To this end, it has made the following significant changes to its operations and processes:

  • Installation of bins for recovery of cell phones and batteries (Call2Recycle program)
  • Introduction of a waste collection and recycling program
  • Installation of triple-compartment recycling bins throughout the terminal and distribution of bins to all Montréal-Trudeau tenants and concessions
  • During runway and pavement work, concrete and asphalt are recovered and crushed on site to be reused as backfill for the apron foundations as well as for grading of adjacent roadways

Reinforcing steel is collected for recycling.

Green Products:

  • Use of eco-friendly maintenance products with environmental certification
  • Use of eco-friendly paint containing no VOCs (volatile organic compounds)

Reduced paper use program:

  • Computerization of rooms for paperless meetings
  • Document management and electronic invoicing
  • Implementation of a default two-sided printing function on all work stations

Protection of habitats: ADM’s environmental policy stipulates, among other things, that the Corporation must plan the development of its properties within the constraints of the host environment. Here are a few examples:

  • Adoption of a tree policy as well as tree planting and greening projects in collaboration with cities and boroughs
  • Inauguration of a park for airport observation
  • Protection of the Montreal-Mirabel airport peat bog

Snow-clearing and de-icing operations in manoeuvring areas: In spite of the exceptional winter conditions that prevail in Quebec, Montreal airports always remain open, even on stormy days. During winter, de-icer are required to ensure proper maintenance of the manoeuvring areas at Montreal-Trudeau and Montreal-Mirabel airports. ADM favours the use of environmentally friendly products.

Recovery of de-icing fluid: Montreal-Trudeau has a state-of-the-art de-icing centre for application of glycol on aircraft surfaces prior to takeoff: Recovery of used de-icing fluid via a system of underground pipes, thus protecting nearby streams
Soundscape Management: Management of the soundscape surrounding Canadian airports is a shared responsibility. Transport Canada is the regulatory body. ADM is responsible for developing soundscape management plans, setting up a soundscape consultative committee and handling complaints regarding noise.

The Soundscape Consultative committee brings together representatives of Transport Canada, the City of Montreal, the cities of Pointe-Claire et Dorval, the borough of Saint-Laurent, NAV Canada (provider of air navigation service), the Government of Quebec and the airlines.

Perceived noise in the surrounding airport area is measured using a software developed by Transport Canada and used by all Canadian airports. ADM uses the NEF 25 contour to monitor changes in the soundscape over the years.

Actually noise contours show that Montreal-Trudeau’s noise footprint decreased by 54% from the 1995 reference year. The population living within the noise footprint has shrunk by 85% since 1995, from more than 107,000 to about 16,000 people.

This positive tendency is largely explained by the phasing out of older-generation jets, their replacement with quieter planes, as well as the noise mitigating measures implemented by ADM and its partners.

Wildlife Management: Birds and other wild animals at airports can interfere with air operations and, consequently, pose a safety risk.

To reduce the risk related to wildlife activity in the airfield and its vicinity, ADM employs a falconry firm, which uses highly ecological methods.

Other control methods:

  • Camouflaging water-retention ponds with floating balls (called birdballs) to keep waterfowl from landing there
  • Dismantling of birds’ nests, before the laying season
  • Capture, sterilisation and relocation of foxes and beavers

Partnerships: Some of ADM’s wildlife management operations are conducted with outside partners. The Montreal Biodôme partners in the fox sterilization and relocation program, and the City of Montreal participates in a similar initiative targeting the beaver population. The Université de Monrréal Faculty of Veterinary Medicine co-operates with the ADM team to rescue and rehabilitate injured birds of prey.

ecological aeroports

Montreal - Trudeau Aeroport. Photo : © ProvinceQuebec.com

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