YVR upgrading energy systems

The work will support the airport’s long-term net zero energy goals.

Key Takeaways:

  • Schneider Electric is embarking on a major project at Vancouver International Airport.
  • The project involves modernizing YVR’s existing installed products to cut capital costs for the airport with minimal operational disruption.
  • The work is expected to help the airport’s goal of becoming net zero by 2030 

The Whole Story:

Schneider Electric is partnering with Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to improve operational reliability and workplace safety, supporting the airport’s goal to become net zero carbon by 2030. 

The two are no strangers. Schneider has spent decades working with the airport on major expansions. Schneider Electric’s proposed modernization of YVR’s existing installed products is expected to significantly cut capital costs for the airport with minimal operational disruption.

“Schneider Electric is proud to supply a comprehensive roadmap and support for YVR to help facilitate the modernization and digital transformation of one of Canada’s largest and busiest airports,” says Courtney Forget, vice president, services, Schneider Electric. “We are thrilled to extend our ongoing relationship with YVR, working side-by-side as one team, and providing solutions on their electrical distribution systems to ensure we’re fostering a sustainable and reliable airport environment.”

The digital transformation of YVR’s energy system is expected to play a large role in operational reliability and help reduce emissions. One of the first projects Schneider Electric embarked on was to eliminate operational risks and improve occupational safety by upgrading the airport’s install base. Schneider Electric says it will continue to help YVR with their Energy Management Information System, a solution using Schneider Electric’s Resource Advisor and EcoStruxure Power Operation for carbon emission monitoring built on top of existing monitoring systems, which will help the airports efforts toward their 2030 net-zero goals.

“At YVR we are focused on energy conservation and electrification across our operations to reduce carbon emissions and strengthen the green economy,” said Christoph Rufenacht, vice president, Airport Development & Asset Optimization at YVR. “Working with Schneider Electric, we will enhance how we monitor and manage our energy use, optimize our current energy infrastructure, and explore innovative solutions to maximize carbon reduction. We are pleased to extend our long-time partnership and look forward to creating a greener, more sustainable future at YVR with Schneider Electric.”

YVR is expecting to invest $135-million over 10 years to become net zero by 2030 and, in achieving this goal, become one of the world’s greenest airports. This includes a commitment to meet operational requirements more efficiently and use less energy for heating and cooling, cooking, lighting, and other electrical needs.


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