Billy Bishop Airport is committed to sustainability and protecting the environment. We conduct our operations in a manner that is consistent with protecting the environment, building and preserving natural habitats and ensuring that we give back to the communities that we serve.

Billy Bishop Airport has also been recognized by Airports Council International (ACI) for its efforts to protect and preserve the environment through our programs, initiatives and projects. In 2017, Billy Bishop Airport won the top award for its Noise Management Program; in 2019, the airport won Best Innovative Project for the successful completion of its three-year Airfield Rehabilitation Program; and in 2020 the airport won for its Master Plan, which was inclusive of many initiatives to protect the environment.

Some of Billy Bishop Airport’s key initiatives include:

Sustainability Report
In March 2022, Billy Bishop Airport released its fifth annual Sustainability Report, a document that captures the organization's continuing efforts to employ environmental best practices and engage in an open and ongoing dialogue on opportunities to maximize sustainability efforts within its business, its operations and its community.

In the fifth edition of the report,  a streamlined approach was adopted to focus on the projects, practices and choices that truly set Billy Bishop Airport apart and make it a leader in how a modern airport operates in an urban environment. To read Billy Bishop Airport's fifth annual report, click here.

Renewable EnergyGreen footprint
Billy Bishop Airport is one of the top users of Bullfrog Power in the country and has chosen 100 per cent green electricity since 2010. PortsToronto and the Billy Bishop Airport are the only port authority and airport respectively in Canada to choose Bullfrog Power green electricity across all of its operations and facilities.
  • Since joining the bullfrogpowered community, Billy Bishop Airport has displaced more than 18,175 tonnes of CO2 — the same amount of CO2 emissions produced by the consumption of 7,705,920 litres of gasoline

Reducing Billy Bishop Airport's Environmental FootprintElectric car
Billy Bishop Airport is committed to reducing its environmental footprint through initiatives including:
  • A Cleaner, Greener, and Quieter Airport Ferry - Converting the Marilyn Bell I airport ferry to 100 per cent electric power.

    The Marilyn Bell I ferry at Billy Bishop Airport is the first completely electric, lithium-ion ferry in Canada, powered by 100 per cent renewable wind and solar energy through PortsToronto's partnership with Bullfrog Power. Its new electric propulsion system, entirely devoid of fuel components, will eliminate GHG emissions from the ferry operation – reducing the airport’s Scope 1, or direct, emissions by an estimated 530 tonnes per year.

    The retrofitted ferry will also greatly reduce operational noise in the area, building on Billy Bishop Airport's award-winning Noise Management Program and signalling PortsToronto’s commitment to invest in, and act on areas of improvement within its operation. A cleaner, greener, quieter operation benefits our community, our business and most importantly, the environment in which we operate. Learn more about this project here

  • Encouraging Alternative Transportation to Billy Bishop Airport-Billy Bishop Airport encourages passengers to use green transportation to get to and from the airport. 41 per cent of travellers walk, bike or take transit from Billy Bishop Airport – one of the highest percentages in North America.
  • Bike Racks and Maintenance Station-As part of continued efforts to reduce vehicle traffic associated with the airport by encouraging greener methods of transportation, Billy Bishop Airport has incorporated bike racks that are conveniently located on both the island and mainland, as well as a bicycle maintenance station for cyclist use.  
  • Billy Bishop Airport has implemented several initiatives aimed at reducing the emissions from its vehicle fleet and maintenance equipment, including: 

    • Implemented all-electric litter vacuum and maintenance tools at Billy Bishop Airport; 
    • Replaced end of life-cycle, gas-powered equipment for grass and vegetation control with battery-operated technology; and,
    • Replaced the mail-service delivery vehicle with a high-efficiency diesel engine that will provide better fuel efficiency and lower emissions.