Twenty North American airports recognized for Airport Carbon Accreditation
Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) today recognized the 20 North American airports to achieve Airport Carbon Accreditation during the 2016 ACI-NA/World Annual Conference. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was also recognized as the first North American airport to achieve carbon neutral status through the Airport Carbon Accreditation program. Airport Carbon Accreditation recognizes airport efforts to manage and reduce their CO2 emissions through independent assessment and verification.
“As an ambitious industry, airports are doing their part to be good partners by promoting sustainability and environmentally responsible practices,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. “I applaud the 20 North American airports that have joined the Airport Carbon Accreditation program to lower their carbon footprint. I look forward to the growth in the program as these airports set our industry on a path toward continued success in innovation and sustainability.”
Earlier this year, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport became the first North American airport to achieve carbon neutral certification.
“Airports are more than gateways to travel. Airports are gateways to a more sustainable community,” Burke said. “I applaud Sean Donohue and the entire team at DFW for their commitment to lowering the airport’s carbon footprint and becoming better a partner in the global aviation system. By achieving the ambitious goals of Airport Carbon Accreditation Level 3+ Carbon Neutrality, DFW is setting our industry on a path toward continued success in innovation and sustainability.”
Since ACI-NA joined the Airport Carbon Accreditation program in 2014, twenty airports have attained accreditation. For 2016, 10 newly accredited airports have joined the program, including San Francisco International Airport, Vancouver International Airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, San Diego International Airport, Greater Moncton, Winnipeg International Airport, Minneapolis – St. Paul International Airport, Detroit Metropolitan Airport, and Indianapolis International Airport. Toronto Pearson International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport have upgraded to the next level of accreditation.
As part of Airport Carbon Accreditation, airports commit to reducing their emissions by making investments in heating and lighting efficiency technology, electric, hybrid or gas-powered vehicles, public transport incentive schemes, less corporate travel, and stakeholder engagement to encourage further emissions reductions.
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