The Prince George Airport Authority (PGAA) committed early in its mandate to ensure that airport operations have a minimal impact on the environment.

The PGAA has developed an Environmental & Noise Committee which meets regularly to discuss environmental related matters.

The PGAA Environmental Policy states that YXS will:

  • Minimize environmental risk by implementing environmental plans and programs that are designed to prevent pollution;
  • Maintain plans and procedures to deal with environmental emergencies and taking immediate corrective action in the event of an accident;
  • Comply with, and, where practical, exceed all applicable federal, provincial and municipal environmental laws and regulations;
  • Communicate with employees and stakeholders about environmental risks associated with airport operations and development;
  • Consider environmental and socio-economic impacts for all business decisions and projects;
  • Train, support, and motivate employees and business partners to be aware of and meet their environmental responsibilities;
  • Set sustainable and measurable environmental objectives and targets and actively communicate environmental initiatives to stakeholders and the public;
  • Regularly review the policy to ensure that the policy continues to meet the needs and expectations of the PGAA, its employees and the community.

Current environmental aspects that are monitored:

  • Fuel and allied product storage
  • Wildlife control
  • Greenhouse gases and ozone-depleting substances
  • Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems
  • Aircraft de-icing and anti-icing fluids (ADAF)
  • Ice control chemicals
  • Asbestos removal
  • Hazardous waste storage
  • Polychlorobiphenyls (PCB) management
  • Aircraft noise
  • Sewage disposal
  • Pest and weed control
  • Flammable and combustible material storage
  • Maintenance garbage floor drains
  • Tenant management

Going Green

  • New LED lighting is expected to save approx. 80% in energy costs where applicable
  • New LED lights are good for 60,000 hours as compared to the current lights that have 2,000 hours of life
  • New truck fleet has 97% fewer emissions than trucks of 10 years ago
  • Adding plug ins on the apron design so planes can be plugged in for power rather than using diesel generators