Environmental performance in our facilities

Transat and its business units have been taking concrete actions since 2007 to mitigate the environmental impact of their operations, including that of their facilities. In 2011, for example, the Air Transat head office building in Montreal became the first building in Canada to earn LEED-EB® Platinum certification. Furthermore, Air Transat obtained in 2019, the ISO 14001 certification, for the implementation of an environmental management system which applies to the administrative offices and maintenance centre of Montreal and includes building management as well as landscaping.

Strengthen our environmental management

Green footprint

Since 2008, Transat has measured its environmental footprint in several areas, including energy and paper consumption, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and waste. With a forward-looking philosophy, the company intends to keep broadening its areas of action and make continuous improvements.

  • As part of its environmental footprint measurements, in 2015 Transat adopted the Metrio tool, a software package for tracking and measuring development initiatives. From GHG emissions generated by current operations and employee transportation to waste management to water and electricity consumption in our buildings, everything is compiled and analyzed, enabling us to make decisions as responsibly as possible.

  • Air Transat implemented an environmental management system (EMS) and achieved ISO 14001 certification. This tool drives performance improvements at every level of the company, providing a framework to structure all practices that target environmental impact reduction.

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  • Objectives related to the ongoing Travelife certification process. For complete details about this certification being sought by Transat, go here.

  • Objectives related to the various environmental certifications achieved by Air Transat.

  • Level of progress

Energy savings

Transat and its business units have adopted policies whereby they commit to measuring and mitigating the environmental impact of their operations. Realizing energy savings is a key factor in achieving that goal. Since 2008, we have implemented multiple initiatives that enable recurring energy savings.

  • In 2015, Air Transat carried out energy optimization work at its hangar in Montreal. This included installation of a solar wall that is generating GHG emissions savings of 260 tonnes per year.

  • Air Transat replaced more than 5,200 traditional light fixtures with LED lighting in Montreal and Toronto, realizing annual electricity savings equivalent to the annual usage of 30 single-family homes.

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  • Objectives related to the various environmental certifications achieved by Air Transat.

  • Level of progress

Reduce our resource consumption

Employee awareness

Transat raises employees’ awareness of exemplary practices that they can implement daily in the workplace, ensuring that they do their part to support the company’s overall resource-reduction efforts.

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  • Transat wants to conduct an annual information campaign for its employees on the right actions to be taken.

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  • Following the institution of policies on responsible procurement and recycling in 2008, Transat plans to expand its awareness programs between now and the end of 2017 to ensure all employees take the right actions.

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  • Objectives related to the ongoing Travelife certification process. For complete details about this certification being sought by Transat, go here.

  • Level of progress

Responsible meetings

Meetings and events are ideal venues in which to emphasize responsible actions. Transat seeks to demonstrate to all of its employees that environmental management goes beyond the wastepaper basket.

  • Transat plans to promote its Responsible Meetings and Events: A Guide to Best Practices to ensure that the practices described become second nature to all employees.

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  • Objectives related to the ongoing Travelife certification process. For complete details about this certification being sought by Transat, go here.

  • Level of progress

Property management

In cases where we lease our premises, it is vital that we involve the building managers in our new environmental measures.

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  • Transat is seeking to encourage building managers to implement new energy- and water-savings initiatives.

  • An ozone water purification system installed in 2013 at Air Transat’s head office building in Montreal prevents evaporation of approximately 700 litres of biocides per year. In addition, all toilets have been fitted with automatic flush devices.

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  • Objectives related to the ongoing Travelife certification process. For complete details about this certification being sought by Transat, go here.

  • Objectives related to the various environmental certifications achieved by Air Transat.

  • Level of progress

Optimize recycling and reduce waste

Recycling

Transat first implemented recycling and collection programs in its offices in 2008, and eliminated single-serving water bottles and cups the same year. With an eye to continuous improvement, Transat is seeking to consolidate its initiatives.

  • For its Montreal head office, Transat seeks to achieve Level 3 of the Quebec government’s ICI ON RECYCLE! certification.

  • By 2020, Transat plans to conduct a feasibility study on composting and removal of waste baskets in its Toronto offices.

  • Transat seeks to target the 10 biggest users of paper at its Canadian offices and implement reduction measures where possible.

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  • Transat intends to strengthen its recycling, hazardous waste removal, and electronic hardware recovery programs by the end of 2017. For example, since 2012 almost all paper used in-house has been sourced from 100% recycled fibre, and each year, we donate some 500 kg of IT hardware to non-profit groups.

  • Since 2016, Air Transat has been committed to recovering and recycling 75% of spent fluids (fuel and oil) and has adapted its equipment accordingly, with concomitant health and safety benefits to users.

  • In 2013, Air Transat, in collaboration with the company Aerocycle, completed a pilot project for green dismantling of end-of-life-cycle aircraft. The achievements of this initiative included the environmentally responsible recovery of 87% of the components of two Airbus A310s, with 136 tonnes of materials diverted from landfill.

  • Composting was implemented in 2015 at the Air Transat head office in Montreal, resulting in recovery of approximately 20 tonnes of organics per year.

  • Since 2013, in collaboration with the Société Saint-Vincent de Paul, Air Transat has had a collection bin in its Montreal offices for donations of household items as well as old cabin crew uniforms; an average of about one tonne of materials per year has been collected.

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  • Objectives related to the ongoing Travelife certification process. For complete details about this certification being sought by Transat, go here.

  • Objectives related to the various environmental certifications achieved by Air Transat.

  • Level of progress

Recycling at destination

Since 2008, Transat has encouraged its European and North American business units to conduct recycling efforts. It now seeks to widen its area of action and bring its incoming tour operator offices in Mexico and the Dominican Republic on board.

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  • Transat plans to support implementation of recycling programs in the offices of its incoming tour operator business unit, based in Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

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  • Objectives related to the ongoing Travelife certification process. For complete details about this certification being sought by Transat, go here.

  • Level of progress

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