Environmental Commitments

The Regina Airport Authority (RAA) understands the importance of balancing airport operations, future growth and development with the natural environment.

The RAA is committed to minimizing the environmental footprint of our activities while ensuring that operations are conducted in a safe and secure manner. As the primary air access gateway to southern Saskatchewan, it is vital that we do our part for future generations as we grow for the betterment and vibrancy of the region.

Our commitment to the environment includes:


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Pollutant and Waste Minimization

  • Minimize pollutant discharge into the local watershed.
  • Routinely monitor water quality.
  • Maintain an active spill-response program.
  • Reduce waste and actively promote recycling with our customers and tenants.

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Energy Management

  • Reduce usage of electricity and natural gas through strategic investments.
  • Monitor our carbon footprint and include carbon reduction initiatives in future plans.

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Environmental Planning and Design

  • Integrate environmental considerations into airport planning, operations and development.
  • Screen all capital projects and implement mitigation measures as required.
  • Work closely with The City of Regina, developers and other local stakeholders on matters of mutual environmental concern.

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Environmental Stewardship

  • Actively participate with the Canadian Airports Council on nationwide environmental initiatives for airports.
  • Communicate and promote environmental responsibility among our team members, customers, partners, suppliers and other stakeholders.
  • Meet or exceed all applicable environmental legislation.
  • Conduct environmental audits of airport facilities and tenants.
  • Raise awareness of environmental initiatives with stakeholders and tenants.
  • Be transparent with the airport’s environmental performance with the local community.

These commitments inform and influence the RAA’s Strategic Plan, environmental objectives and day-to-day operations.

In addition, the Environmental Management System (EMS) contains procedures and programs to help YQR achieve its commitments and objectives. These include:

  • Water Monitoring Program
  • Tenant Environmental Performance Program
  • Hazardous Materials Management Program
  • Halocarbon Management Program
  • Storage Tank Management Program
  • Audit Program
  • Project Assessment and Screening Program
  • Waste and Recycling Program
  • Energy Management Program
  • Noise Program

Initiatives & Highlights

Energy Management

Carbon Reduction Target

Achieve a 30% reduction in carbon emissions from the 2016 baseline year by 2030.

Maintain the improvements we’ve made year-to-year since 2016.

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ACA Level I Carbon Accreditation

In 2018, the RAA achieved accreditation through ACA, joining airports around the world in reducing the industry’s carbon footprint.

The RAA is currently accredited for Level I.

Greenwave Power Monitoring

Maintain 320 monitoring points on our Terminal-based Electrical Systems, which monitors all major electrical equipment for failure or inefficient/overuse of power.

Continuous, real-time data monitoring through an online database.

Renewed focus on building and facility efficiencies throughout has found reductions of ~18,000 KWH/month (~$3,300/month).

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LED Upgrades

Replacing light fixtures across airport property.

In 2020 alone, 260 light fixtures were upgraded to LED, improving our lighting’s energy usage by 46%.

Waste Management

Waste Reduction Target

Divert 25% of our waste from going to the landfill, compared to a historical average of 13%.

Since 2019, we have diverted ~27% of waste from going to the landfill through recycling and re-use options.

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Water Bottle Fill Stations

Two stations located in the post-security area for passenger use to reduce single-use plastic water bottles.

Waste and Recycling Program

Single-stream recycling containers throughout ATB for passengers, tenants and staff.

Provide additional recycling options available for tenants and staff (aerosols, batteries, ink cartridges, K-cups, etc.).

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Wildlife Management

Wildlife Management Plan

Keep wildlife that could be dangerous to aircrafts away from the airport, runways and taxiways.

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Proactive Management

  • Minimizing things that attract wildlife.
  • Guidelines on landscaping and crops within vicinity of airport.
  • Minimizing ponding and other features which congregate wildlife.
  • Routine monitoring at the airport.

Contact

For more information, please submit your inquiries to:

Environment@yqr.ca

For noise complaints, please submit a Noise Inquiry.