Committed to Environmental Excellence
EIA is committed to operating and maintaining its facilities in an environmentally responsible manner and to meeting or exceeding all federal, provincial and local environmental codes. Our airport features a number of exciting sustainability initiatives, such as a two-storey living wall, a number of solar arrays and much more! To find out more, see our Sustainabiltiy Fact Sheet.
To ensure continued excellence in environmental management, Edmonton International Airport has developed and regularly updates its Environmental Management Plan. The plan includes:
- An environmental policy developed as a statement of commitment form top management
- Environmental impact assessments are required for all new projects to measure their influence on air, land, water, wildlife and nearby communities. In 2013, Edmonton Airport conducted impact assessments on all projects and determined that none are likely to cause a significant adverse environmental effect.
- All Edmonton Airports have active noise management programs that include internal investigation of all citizen complaints
- Proper handling procedures are in place for hazardous materials, along with plans for full and immediate response in the event of accidental release
- A unique engineered wetlands treatment facility treats glycol contaminated storm water before releasing it
- A water quality program includes testing of surface and ground water near the airport
- Edmonton Airports practices sound management of storage tanks, such as fuel tanks
- Ozone-depleting materials are used, stored and disposed of in an appropriate way
Located 34 kilometres south of Edmonton's downtown core, Edmonton International Airport is the second-largest airport property in Canada. At 3,075 hectares, you could say that EIA has room to grow in fact, more than half its land is leased to local farmers for cultivation. Some of the airport property is developed for recreational purposes, including a motor sports park, a trapshooting club and a golf course.
Whitemud Creek on the west side of the airport property is one of EIA's most sensitive environmental features. Airport noise can have an influence on the development of the City of Leduc, Leduc County and the City of Edmonton.
Edmonton Airports is committed to regular discussion of environmental issues and concerns with surrounding communities and other stakeholders.