Recycling Glycol: The YYC Advantage

September 14, 2017   |  

Canada’s Most Advanced Glycol Recycling Facility Opens at YYC Calgary International Airport

Calgary, AB - Yesterday, the Calgary Glycol Facility Corporation (CGFC): consortium of airlines, hosted the grand opening of its industry leading glycol recycling facility at YYC Calgary International Airport (YYC). One of only a few airport glycol recycling facilities in Canada, the new facility at YYC is the most technologically advanced in addition to being the first airline-owned facility due to the close collaboration between The Calgary Airport Authority and CGFC.

“The opening of this new facility illustrates our commitment to working closely with our airline partners and the City of Calgary in order to operate YYC in a sustainable manner,” said Bernie Humphries, Vice President, Operations for The Calgary Airport Authority. “Last year, six million litres of de-icing fluid was applied to aircraft and just over five million litres of glycol fluid was collected for storage, treatment and recycling.”

During Calgary winters, ice and snow that has accumulated on an aircraft needs to be removed for flight safety. The de-icing fluid used is a mix of glycol and water. The new facility, an integral part of glycol management at YYC, takes the used de-icing fluid that has traditionally been handled as waste and transforms it into a reusable product, providing both environmental and economic benefits.

"This is a great example of how the airline community at YYC collaborated to invest in infrastructure and an innovative Canadian-based technology to ensure its operations are environmentally sustainable,” said Geoffrey Tauvette, WestJet, Director Environment and Fuel. “Having led this initiative on behalf of the airline community, WestJet is proud to implement a ground-breaking solution that can be leveraged across our network."



The Calgary Airport Authority is a not-for-profit, non-share capital organization, incorporated under the Alberta Regional Airports Authorities Act, and is responsible for the safe, secure and efficient management of the YYC Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Springbank Airport (YBW) under long-term lease from the Government of Canada. YYC's mandate is to advance economic and community development by providing improved airline and transportation services for the benefit of the public. The Authority has invested over $4 billion into the continued development of YYC, opening Canada's longest runway in 2014 and a new International Terminal in 2016. YYC is a key economic driver for Calgary and Alberta, generating more than $8 billion in economic activity annually and creating 48,000 jobs.


For more information contact:

Media Relations
Calgary Airport Authority
P: 403 735 5899
Twitter: @FlyYYC 


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