How Canada’s Busiest Airport Minimizes Its Environmental Impact

Toronto Pearson International Airport is the busiest airport in Canada, and in 2016 was the 32nd busiest airport in the world in terms of passengers served, with just under 44.5 million.  It was also the 15th busiest airport in the world in terms of aircraft movements with over 456,000 takeoffs and landings.

The airport is also an important part of Ontario’s economic engine as a recent study conducted by research firm Frontier Economics estimated that in total, Toronto Pearson generates or facilitates 332,000 jobs in Ontario, which accounts for $42 billion or 6.3% of Ontario’s GDP.

With such a busy airport generating such a significant economic impact, it needs to be understood that it also creates a notable environmental impact as well.  As we continue to works towards merging sustainable development with economic growth in our society, it’s important to understand that both economic growth and environmental sustainability must be viewed as interdependent of each other and not separate or distinct.

Fortunately the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, the organization who manages Toronto Pearson is keenly aware of this and has a broad-based and stringent approach to environmental management.  It is this approach that had me interested enough to reach out to the G.T.A.A. and inquire about the possibility of shooting a video profile on their environmental policies and procedures.  The inquiry was met with approval and over a period of about 3 months, we worked together with the end result being the video which is featured below.

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Eric Novak

About Eric Novak

Eric Novak is a father of 4 who also thinks that environmental stewardship is a requisite of parenting. He's not a professional Dad nor is he an environmental scientist, but he's someone who gives a damn and is trying to make the right decisions as he lives his life as a father, environmentalist and business owner. Eric and his wife Karen have 4 children and reside in Ajax, Ontario.