Twenty North American Airports Recognized for Airport Carbon Accreditation

For Immediate Release
September 27, 2016

 

Montréal – 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.

Learn more about Airport Carbon Accreditation at http://airportco2.org/.

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About ACI-NA

Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) represents local, regional, and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada. ACI-NA member airports enplane more than 95 percent of the domestic and virtually all the international airline passenger and cargo traffic in North America.  Approximately 380 aviation-related businesses are also members of ACI-NA, providing goods and services to airports.  Collectively, U.S. airports employ more than 1.3 million people and account for $1.2 trillion in economic activity—or seven percent of the total U.S. workforce and eight percent of GDP.  Canadian airports support 405,000 jobs and contribute C$35 billion to Canada’s GDP. Learn more at www.aci-na.org.