Los Angeles Van Nuys Airport
Why did your airport decide to become accredited at Level 2 Reduction?
Accreditation at level 2 Reduction furthers Los Angeles World Airports’ (LAWA) goal for Van Nuys airport to become a greener, cleaner and more efficient general aviation airport. This effort helps LAWA align with the City of Los Angele’s citywide sustainability goals and initiatives. Due to existing constraints at the airport, such as staffing and data availability, level 2 is an ambitious but achievable objective.
Describe up to 4 key projects you implemented to reduce your emissions?
- Alternative fuel vehicles: The airport replaced old fleet vehicles with electric vehicles and other clean, alternative fuel vehicles and installed electric vehicle chargers. Currently, 49% of the airport fleet is alternative fuelled, 13% of which is electric. There are also eight publicly accessible EV chargers.
- Building energy use: The airport participated in the Save Energy LA campaign in Summer 2016 by encouraging employees at the airport to turn off lights and unplug devices when not in use. LAWA produced a monthly environmental newsletter that provides employees with energy conservation tips and reminders.
- Green Business certifications: Due to LAWA’s conservation efforts in energy use, all LAWA offices at Van Nuys have earned green business certifications from the Los Angeles Green Business Program.
What benefits does accreditation bring to your airport?
The accreditation helps understand the airport’s carbon footprint and identify areas where emissions reductions can be made. The verification process assures that the emissions calculations are reliable and emissions reductions are real. The airport saves money by being more efficient in building and vehicle energy use. The airport’s emissions reduction projects also bring air quality improvements, which is a boon to the local community and greater Los Angeles region.
What are your future carbon management plans?
Van Nuys airport will continue to replace old fleet vehicles and install electric vehicle chargers. Furthermore, the airport will explore on-site renewable energy options at the airport, such as installing rooftop photovoltaic systems on buildings and look to replace old building HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) equipment with more energy efficient units.