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North American airports on top of their carbon management

November 21, 2018

At the recent ACI-NA Annual Conference in Nashville, the 39 North American airports engaged in Climate Action within Airport Carbon Accreditation joined the stage to pick up their well-earned certificates.  

Airports strive to be good partners within their communities and in the global aviation system by promoting sustainability and environmentally responsible practices,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. “One of the chief ways North American airports can lower their carbon footprint is by participating in the Airport Carbon Accreditation program. I applaud the 39 airports that are leading our industry on a path toward continued success in innovation and sustainability.

For 2018, 20 airports renewed their Airport Carbon Accreditation, while 6 airports upgraded to the next level. Notably, Austin-Bergstrom International, Greater Moncton International, Halifax Stanfield International Airport and Tampa International Airport upgraded to Level 2 Reduction. San Diego International Airport and Vancouver International Airport went for Level 3, going beyond individual reduction efforts and engaging their partners to participate in their work towards more sustainable operations.

Twelve airports have joined the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme since 2017, including, Charlottetown Airport, Dallas Love Field Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, New York Stewart International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, Teterboro Airport, Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport, Regina International Airport, and Tampa’s three General Aviation airports.

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport remains the only North American airport to achieve carbon neutral certification, and is the first to achieve a three-year certification as a carbon neutral airport. Airports can apply for such a prolonged renewal only if they have achieved a quantified emissions reduction on at least one Scope 3 emissions source, i.e. successfully contributed to reducing the carbon footprint of their partners. And while their certificates are valid for three years, these airports still have, to submit a full carbon footprint on an annual basis, demonstrate emissions reductions and offset their residual emissions. Hence, even bigger kudos for this excellent achievement to everyone involved at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport!