Aecom to provide additional sustainability consulting to Pearson airport

10 October 2022 2 min. read
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Following an earlier contract to deliver an environmental master plan, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) has selected consulting firm Aecom and two Southern Ontario energy and utility firms to execute a greenhouse gas reduction plan at its facilities.

Aecom, Alectra, and Enwave – who have a history of successful collaboration – will plan, design, and deliver a “comprehensive approach” for reducing energy consumption and emissions across Pearson airport. This includes lighting systems, clean heat energy at the airport’s central utility plant, and deployment of solar and electric vehicle charging.

“The GTAA has a long history of employing innovative infrastructure updates aimed at conserving energy, maintaining state of the art facilities, and acting as good stewards of the environment,” said Marc Devlin, chief executive of Aecom Canada. "We're excited to align our forward-thinking companies and world-class technical expertise with Canada's largest airport facility to implement the cutting-edge solutions that will help evolve and adapt the sustainable future of the aviation industry."

The initial energy master planning phase of the project has has already commenced. The completed plan will deliver an understanding of greenhouse gas impacts across numerous facilities and will provide three scenarios that will be further assessed to arrive at a preferred option for the next phase of development.

Aecom to provide additional sustainability consulting to Pearson airport

"Toronto Pearson is already an industry leader when it comes to sustainability and we believe that by having the expertise of AECOM, Alectra and Enwave on our side, we'll be able to continue making gains towards our energy and GHG emission goals," said Todd Ernst, director, aviation infrastructure, energy and environment for the GTAA.

Aviation accounts for 2.5% of carbon emissions and 5% of global warming when accounting for other gases and vapour trails produced by aircraft. A negative externality of primarily rich countries – and rich people within rich countries – there is no prospect for future sustainable air travel in contrast to land-based transport methods.

The GTAA greening its facilities is comparable to a coal-fired plant installing EV charging ports in its parking lot and putting up solar panels on the adjacent administrative building. It’s a nice gesture but an airport’s business model is still irrevocably built upon climate-destructive practices.