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YVR partnering with Schneider Electric to reduce carbon emissions

Pact expected to make operations more reliable and workplace safer
Passengers line up at Vancouver International Airport

Global energy-management giant Schneider Electric has hatched a five-year partnership with the Vancouver Airport Authority (VAA) to help Vancouver International Airport (YVR) reduce energy. 

The deal comes with a five-year renewal option. 

Schneider Electric bills itself as "a leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation," and said in a release that the deal will help make the airport's operations more reliable while making the workplace safer. 

The pact is also expected to reduce carbon emissions, and help the airport in its goal to become carbon neutral, or "net zero," by 2030.

"Stemming from a decades-long relationship where Schneider Electric products were integral to the airport's major expansions, this partnership solidifies a history of strong collaboration between the two entities," Schneider Electric said. "Schneider Electric's proposed modernization of YVR’s existing installed products will significantly cut capital costs for the airport with minimal operational disruption."

Despite the announcement on a new relationship, it appears that the two entities have been working together for a while.

Schneider Electric said that one of its first projects with the VAA involved identifying how to eliminate operational risks and improve occupational safety by "upgrading the airport's install base."

“At YVR we are focused on energy conservation and electrification across our operations to reduce carbon emissions and strengthen the green economy,” said VAA's vice-president of airport development and asset optimization, Christoph Rufenacht.

“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.”

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