Edmonton Airport power up natural gas cogeneration facility

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Edmonton International Airport is continuing its commitment to environmental sustainability by powering up a new natural gas cogeneration facility that will significantly lower carbon emissions and reduce costs.

This new facility began construction in 2019 and became operational in the spring of 2021.

It provides electricity and heat for airport operations from the same source. The heat from electrical power generation is now captured and used to heat water, which heats the EIA terminal.

The new cogeneration power plant will reduce Edmonton Airport’s annual carbon emissions by approximately 20% or 7,000-8,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year, roughly the same as taking 2,400 vehicles off the road. Once fully operational, the facility will also reduce EIA’s energy costs by roughly $800,000 per year.

“We’re pleased to announce the installation of our cogeneration plant as it will offer critical reductions in CO2e for our EIA airport sustainability campus. We couldn’t have done it without our partners, the Government of Alberta and ATCO, and we’re thankful for their support. Our company is committed to being carbon-neutral by 2040 under our commitment to The Climate Pledge and this new cogeneration facility goes a long way to helping us get closer to that goal by reducing our current emissions by 20%,” said Tom Ruth, president and CEO, Edmonton International Airport​