For Immediate Release – February 22, 2023
YMM Achieves Second Milestone in Global Airport Carbon Reduction Program
YMM receives Level 2 ‘Reduction’ Certification
Fort McMurray, AB – The Fort McMurray International Airport (YMM) successfully attained Level 2 ‘Reduction’ certification from Airports Council International (ACI) – World’s Global Airport Carbon Accreditation Program. There are currently 11 accredited airports at Level 2 ‘Reduction’ in North America.
“As an ambitious industry, airports are doing their part to be good partners by promoting sustainability and environmentally responsible practices,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. “I applaud the Fort McMurray International Airport for its work under the Airport Carbon Accreditation program to lower its carbon footprint. 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.”
Airport Carbon Accreditation is the only 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 six levels of certification: Mapping, Reduction, Optimisation, Neutrality, Transformation and Transition. Since joining the Carbon Reduction Program three years ago, YMM has decreased its carbon emissions by 34%.
According to Cuyler Green, Vice-President of Operations & Infrastructure, Fort McMurray Airport Authority, YMM has been making many updates to support the long-term sustainability of the airport. “We’ve made several changes to Operations practices, such as reducing vehicle idling and switching to 100% LED airfield lighting. When our maintenance vehicles require replacement, we source energy efficient models,” says Green.
Denean Robinson, who recently accepted the role of President & CEO, is proud to reach the milestone, “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. Partners include airlines and various service providers, such as ground handlers, tenants, air traffic control, etc.”
“Congratulations to the Fort McMurray Airport Authority on achieving this important certification,” said Mayor Sandy Bowman. “This represents another great example of our region’s ongoing commitment to sustainability. Thank you to everyone at the FMAA and YMM for their dedicated efforts in achieving excellence in environmental stewardship.”
To learn more about the Airport Carbon Accreditation Program, click here.
About Fort McMurray International Airport | flyymm.com
Fort McMurray International Airport (YMM) is owned and operated by the Fort McMurray Airport Authority (FMAA), connecting the World to the Wood Buffalo Region. FMAA is a community-based, non-share capital organization. YMM offers non-stop flights to four cities in Canada. The airport is a major economic driver for the region, with an economic output of over $354 million and supporting over 70 businesses on airport campus and approximately 900 jobs.