Environmental management


ADM continues its efforts to improve its environmental performance and minimize the impact of its activities on the environment. ADM invests in capital projects related to the environment, including the installation of glycol recycling equipment, the installation of Boom-Air equipment which facilitates the connection of supply hoses for heated and conditioned air for aircrafts, the replacement and installation of hydrocarbon interceptors, the upgrading of fuel equipment, various energy-saving projects related to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, the expansion of the snow depot on the air side, the installation of residual material sorting centers in its three jetties at YUL, the installation of charging stations for electric vehicles in public parking lots but also on the air side, as well as the landscaping of the road network, the creation of a green wall in the terminal, the development of a green roof, etc.

By striving to be proactive in environmental matters, ADM has developed and implemented various tools.

Environmental Management System (EMS) (GRI 2-25 / 2-29)

Aéroports de Montréal has an integrated environmental management system (EMS), which has been ISO 14001-certified since 2000. That certification is proof of the Corporation’s commitment to reducing the size of its environmental footprint. It also certifies that ADM has implemented responsible practices along with continuous improvement programs when it comes to environmental performance. In 2016, ADM was one of the very first companies to have its environmental management system re-certified under the new standard ISO 14001 (2015).

As part of its EMS implementation, ADM is committed to a process of continuous improvement. Its Sustainability Plan 1.0 presents the objectives identified for each of the orientations, which are: Decarbonizing Activities, Focusing on People and a Healthy and Quality Environment. It also presents the corresponding targets and the main measures to achieve them.

Employee training

In order to ensure environmental protection and achieve its environmental objectives, ADM deploys an awareness and training program for its employees. The training program covers subjects as varied as the environmental management of construction projects and preventive and ecological driving, through the maintenance of waterways, the management of hazardous materials, etc. Employees thus acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to perform their work in a way that protects the environment.

Project environmental assessment

To ensure compliance with its environmental performance and sustainability objectives, ADM takes environmental impacts into account in the design, construction and operation of its various infrastructures. In keeping with that commitment, ADM asks all of its business partners to contribute to the achievement of its objectives and, generally, to mitigate the environment impacts of construction work.

To that end, projects to modify ADM’s facilities as well as its tenants and concessionaires’ that are subject to the Impact Assessment Act, are subject to an environmental impact assessment and must comply with sustainability and environmental requirements developed by ADM.

Emergency Response Plan

As part of airport operations, ADM is at risk for certain kinds of incidents that can have environmental consequences. Particular attention is thus paid to the Emergency Response Plan (ERP) at both Montréal–Trudeau and Montréal–Mirabel airports. In addition to the ERP, ADM departments and partners concerned by emergency measures draw up their own directives in order to be able to act quickly during an environmental emergency.

In order to ensure the effectiveness of environmental emergency interventions, ADM regularly carries out exercises involving the personnel concerned. Practical exercises with field trips or theoretical (table-top) exercises simulate an incident and allow employees assigned to emergency response to learn and put into practice the knowledge acquired.

Environmental indicators

ADM publishes its main indicators in the three spheres of Sustainability on a digital platform. These economic, social and environmental indicators show the efforts made to ensure the sustainable development of airport sites. Consult our Sustainable Development Indicators Platform.

Construction sites (GRI 2-29)

Contract volume E apply to any contractor who has entered into an agreement with ADM, as well as to its subcontractors and suppliers, and to workers on site at YUL or YMX. Through Volume E, ADM imposes its environmental requirements for construction sites. This volume describes the responsibilities, deliverables (environmental protection program, reports, etc.) and procedures to be followed with respect to environmental protection.

Any worker or professional who is to perform an intervention (other than an escorted visitor) on a construction site located on one of YUL’s or YMX’s airport sites must attend the construction site multidisciplinary welcome session on an annual basis. This session summarizes the major hazards and procedures described within volumes E.