AECOM to develop environmental master plan for Toronto International Airport


Greater Toronto Airports Authority selects AECOM to provide environmental master planning services.

AECOM has been selected by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) to develop a long-term environmental master plan for Toronto Pearson International Airport.

The plan will focus on six key areas in support of GTAA’s environmental policy – climate change, carbon neutrality and emissions, strategic energy use, water management, natural environment and waste management. In this role, AECOM will suggest high-level capital projects and operational changes to assist GTAA in meeting its environmental goals.

“GTAA is at the forefront of aviation sustainability and we are honored to be part of its next chapter as it continues to demonstrate leadership in environmental policies and strategies,” said Frank Sweet, chief executive of AECOM’s global environment business.

“AECOM’s global team of subject matter experts share GTAA’s commitment to environmental stewardship, with extensive experience supporting the sustainability efforts of internationally recognised airports. As we advance our ‘Sustainable Legacies’ strategy, we are excited to partner with clients like GTAA to deliver a lasting impact for generations to come,” said Sweet.

Under its project scope, AECOM will develop strategic plans for each GTAA environmental focus area that will together form an environmental master plan for Toronto Pearson International Airport. The firm will provide services such as conducting baseline assessments for the focus areas, overseeing peer review and analysis of current strategies, identifying priority areas and related goals, preparing cost/benefit analysis for programs and targets, and recommending systems to monitor performance and communicate key metrics.

Marc Devlin, chief executive of AECOM’s Canada region, commented: “We have partnered with GTAA for decades and look forward to applying this firsthand knowledge of local conditions, design standards and airline needs to produce a high-quality, high-value product. Our structured project management approach combined with our technical depth, focus on quality, and familiarity of Toronto Pearson’s dynamic operations, will allow us to help define environmental and sustainability practices that will help pave the path towards GTAA achieving its ambitious and innovative best-in-class goals.”

AECOM’s project consultants include the International Aviation Waste Management Association, which is collaborating on the waste management plan and GeoProcess Research Associates, which is collaborating on the natural environment management plan. The partners bring considerable experience in the aviation field and specific knowledge of GTAA’s operational requirements.

GTAA manages and operates Toronto Pearson International Airport, Canada’s largest airport in terms of total passenger traffic and North America’s second largest in terms of international traffic, pre-pandemic. AECOM’s previous work at Toronto Pearson includes the redevelopment of Terminal 1, where it served as prime consultant responsible for groundside infrastructure, the original Terminal 3, and various roads and transit, water modelling, and critical infrastructure projects.