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AECOM, Alectra Energy Solutions, and Enwave to execute GHG reduction program for GTAA

October 7, 2022  By Staff

AECOM, Alectra Energy Solutions (Alectra), and Enwave Energy Corporation today announced they have been selected by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) to deliver an innovative and holistic solution to help achieve its decarbonization objectives.

In this role, the firms will support the GTAA’s ambitious program to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by planning, designing, and delivering an optimized and comprehensive approach aimed at achieving the GTAA’s facility decarbonization goals across three areas – lighting systems, clean heat energy services at its central utility plant, and deployment of on-site solar photovoltaic and electric vehicle charging at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

“The GTAA has a long history of employing innovative infrastructure updates aimed at conserving energy, maintaining state of the art facilities, and acting as good stewards of the environment. This is a commitment we share, as demonstrated in the continued advancement of our Sustainable Legacies strategy,” said Marc Devlin, chief executive of AECOM’s Canada region. “We’re excited to align our forward-thinking companies and world-class technical expertise with Canada’s largest airport facility to implement the cutting-edge solutions that will help evolve and adapt the sustainable future of the aviation industry.”

AECOM, Alectra, and Enwave are industry leaders with a history of successful collaboration. The initial phase of the project has commenced, with the team employing a unique energy master planning and financing approach focused on understanding the technical, financial, and greenhouse gas impacts for numerous facilities across the three scope areas. Through this approach, the GTAA will be presented with three prioritized scenarios which will be further assessed and analyzed to arrive at a preferred option, which will then be scoped for the next phase of development.


“Strategic initiatives like this with key customers like the GTAA demonstrates Alectra Energy Solutions’ commitment to working closely with customers and partners alike,” said John Matovich, executive vice president, Energy Solutions and Growth at Alectra. “As one of the first energy distribution companies in Ontario to commit to a target and timeline for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Alectra fully understands the need to have a variety of players actively engaged to help customers reduce their carbon footprint and become more sustainable. We take great pride in building these relationships and collaborating to achieve our collective goals.”

“We seek to partner with companies who have ambitious decarbonization goals and a proven track record of best-in-class operations in their respective industries,” stated Carlyle Coutinho, chief executive officer of Enwave. “The opportunity we have here with the GTAA, Alectra, and AECOM holds true to this aspiration and presents a unique chance to collaborate and share innovative and scalable commercial models that will continue to elevate the GTAA within the aviation industry while leading the way to a more sustainable future for our community.”

“We’re looking forward to working with this group of companies in this unique partnership as a way to help advance our emissions reductions,” said Todd Ernst, Director, Aviation Infrastructure, Energy and Environment for the GTAA. “Toronto Pearson is already an industry leader when it comes to sustainability and we believe that by having the expertise of AECOM, Alectra and Enwave on our side, we’ll be able to continue making gains towards our energy and GHG emission goals.”

Advancing greenhouse gas emission reductions and reducing energy consumption are key to achieving the GTAA’s targeted Carbon Neutrality and Emissions Action Plan and Strategic Energy Master Plans, which outline its objective of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. These goals, which align with Canada’snational commitments as part of the Paris Climate Accord, demonstrate the GTAA’s industry leadership in decarbonization on the national and international stage. The program incorporates alternative financing models to leverage the GTAA’s existing operating budget and utilize dollars saved from reduced energy use or monetization of reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

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