- Anti-idling policy with time limit
- Staff engagement
- LED lighting retrofit
reduction from baseline in fuel GHG emissions intensity (fuel emissions/aircraft de-iced)
The Big Picture
Climate Smart Service
Climate Smart Certification, 2017 — 2020
Administrative, Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services
Richmond, BC, Canada
Aéro Mag, a private company, was incorporated in 1994. It is headquartered in Ville St-Laurent, Québec, Canada. Aero Mag Vancouver plays a key role in maintaining safety, efficiency, and organization at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) as the sole provider for aircraft de-icing services.
Going Climate Smart
Aero Mag Vancouver joined Climate Smart in 2019 as part of Project Green YVR, an initiative that helps Sea Island businesses reduce their waste, water and energy consumption, with the goal to limit their impact on the environment and save money. By participating in the Climate Smart training sessions, and working with a client advisor to build out a GHG inventory, staff at Aero Mag Vancouver were able to gain insight into their operational footprint and identify opportunities for reductions.
With a fleet of 26 de-icing vehicles and 10 transport vans for staff, Aero Mag quickly identified reduction savings opportunities associated with upgrades, behavioural changes, and new policies surrounding fleet management.
Aero Mag implemented a new anti-idling policy for all de-icing trucks to discourage unnecessary consumption of gas. This resulted in GHG reductions as well as impressive cost savings. The de-icing fleet requires that the fluid be warmed up prior to use, so many staff would leave the vehicles running for 1-2 hours prior to operations. Aero Mag provided education and training to staff to let them know that the de-icing fluid in the trucks only needed around 15 minutes to warm up, significantly reducing the amount of time the 26 fleet vehicles were left idling.
Crew vehicle upgrades:
Aero Mag currently has 10 vehicles to transport staff around the terminal and ramp, and slowly, the company has begun upgrading its fleet making switches to more fuel-efficient vehicles. The company switched several of their pickup trucks to more fuel-efficient vans and cars, and has plans to purchase hybrid or electric vehicles in the future.
In 2018 Aero Mag moved locations on Sea Island, allowing them to perform a complete upgrade of their office space and garage. The office is now completely retrofitted with LED lighting instead of fluorescent lights. The storage garage has also seen an LED lighting upgrade and now uses 5-minute sensors on lights.
"With a fleet of 26 de-icing vehicles and 10 transport vans for staff, Aero Mag quickly identified reduction savings opportunities associated with upgrades, behavioural changes, and new policies surrounding fleet management."
AERO MAG VANCOUVER - STAFF
How they did it
- New anti-idling policy for all de-icing trucks
- Upgrading its fleet making switches to more fuel-efficient vehicles
- LED lighting retrofits
- Installation of sensor lights
What's next for Aero MAG 2010 YVR Inc.
The company switched several of their pickup trucks to more fuel-efficient vans and cars, and has plans to purchase hybrid or electric vehicles in the future.