MONTREAL, April 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Transat's headquarters, a three-storey office building with an area
of approximately 60,000 square feet, has just been awarded the U.S.
Green Building Council's LEED Platinum certification in the category
"Existing Buildings." Located within the Montréal-Trudeau airport site,
the building, erected in 2004, is the first in its category in Canada
to obtain this certification, awarded for compliance with the most
stringent sustainability criteria for green buildings.
"We are exceedingly proud to have obtained this certification, because
it recognizes the many efforts we have made to improve our
environmental performance," said Allen B. Graham, President and Chief
Executive Officer, Air Transat. "These efforts have included reducing
our energy consumption by 10% and our water use by 40% over the past
few years. We have also implemented a waste management system that
emphasizes composting as well as recycling of metal, glass, plastic and
paper. Moreover, our adoption of a green procurements policy has
prompted suppliers to offer a wider range of more environmentally
friendly products. This certification is the result of painstaking
teamwork and is an incentive for us all to continue in the same
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a
stringent standardization system for environmentally friendly
buildings. LEED uses a points system for evaluating a building's
environmental performance in six categories: sustainable sites, water
efficiency, energy & atmosphere, materials & resources, indoor
environmental quality, and innovation & design process.
"Air Transat is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve
its environmental performance in all of the company's areas of
activity, from in-flight services to its administrative offices," Mr.
Air Transat's head office, where some 200 people work every day, is
located at 5959 Côte Vertu Boulevard in Montreal. Air Transat made a
commitment to reducing its green footprint with the adoption of an
environmental policy in 2007. The securing of LEED certification is
part of the process of applying that policy. The building also serves
as the headquarters of Handlex, Transat's business unit that provides
airport ground-handling services.
About Air Transat
Air Transat is Canada's leading holiday travel airline. It carries some
3 million passengers annually to nearly 60 destinations in
25 countries. Air Transat has a fleet of Airbus A330s and A310s. The
company employs approximately 2,000 people. Air Transat is a business
unit of Transat A.T. Inc., an integrated international tour operator
with more than 60 destination countries and that distributes products
in over 50 countries.
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