• Environmental Initiatives

    Our Environmental Stewardship Division monitors air, water and noise quality through its extensive Environment Management System.

    And everyone’s getting in on it – employees and the community have come together to find creative ways to protect and save the environment now and in the future.

    Environmental Management System

    Toronto Pearson was the first North American airport to achieve ISO 14001:2004 certification for Environmental Management. First awarded in 1999, the GTAA established a system to monitor and improve environmental performance in all aspects of airport operations.
    Certification for the ISO 14001 standard requires:

    • Ongoing commitment to pollution prevention
    • Compliance with legislation
    • Continual environmental improvement

    View our Environmental Awareness Program course.

    Earth Hour

    Since 2008, we’ve recognized Earth Hour and reduced our power usage in as many ways as possible. During the 2009 event alone, we reduced energy through heating, ventilation and lighting reductions by 10%. In 2010, energy was reduced by 6.4% and in 2011, energy was reduced by 7%.

    Earth Day

    Creek2 Volunteers doing a spring cleanup of Etobicoke Creek to celebrate Earth Day.


    The annual Earth Day gives Toronto Pearson another opportunity to work with employees and communities to make better environmental choices. One of our annual events is the cleaning up of Etobicoke and Spring Creeks. Working together with local schools, this project gives us a fun way to get involved, protect our watersheds and keep them clean for everyone downstream. Topics in 2010 included air quality, sustainable fisheries, alternative transportation, energy conservation and the dangers of “greenwashing”.

    Environment Week

    Each year for Environment Week the GTAA provides educational displays and information sessions related to the different environmental themes of: Forests; World Oceans; Clean Air; Waste Reduction, Recycling and Composting; and Energy Conservation.

    Rethinking Transportation

    Bikes, trains, buses… during our Roadways to Runways event in May 2009 and 2010, hundreds of airport employees made their way to work in more environmentally friendly and economical ways.

    Representatives from the various transit agencies identified specific routes for employees who believed they could only get to the airport by car – and they took the initiative to discover that's simply not the case.

    Our annual Clean Air Commute challenge, together with Smart Commute, also inspired employees to find new ways of getting to work. In fact, several participants who participated in Bike-to-Work day liked it so much, they continue to bike in from time to time.

    We're also looking forward to the construction of a new train from Union Station to Toronto Pearson, giving us the means to offer our guests and employees an additional cost-effective, environmentally friendly and convenient travel option. For more visit Metrolinx.

    Stormwater Management

    One of our biggest environmental programs is our Stormwater Management System. It is airport-wide, and our efforts in stormwater management have significantly improved the quality of stormwater leaving Toronto Pearson. What’s more, we collect all glycol-contaminated runoff at our Central De-icing Facility for sale to secondary markets. The construction of the stormwater collection system and the CDF represents a very large investment in environmental management at the airport.

    Green Construction

    In 2007, Toronto Pearson opened our first Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) silver-certifiable building. The building – our Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute (FESTI) – is a state-of-the-art facility featuring innovative technology that reduces its environmental footprint, including:

    • A solar wall
    • A green roof
    • Recycled building materials
    • Water-saving systems

    Air Quality

    The GTAA has made substantial innovations to reduce vehicle emissions on our property, including:

    • A fleet of 21 hybrid vehicles
    • Anti-idling program
    • LINK Train to eliminate inter-terminal busing
    • Electric vehicles within both terminals
    • Pre-conditioned air/400 Hz power at terminal gates – used to prevent aircraft engine use while parked at their gate

    Click here to see the GTAA Greenhouse Gases Policy for 2009.