Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Lax Receives Airport Carbon Accreditation From Airports Council International
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) was recognized at the 2016 Airports Council International (ACI) World Annual Conference for recently achieving Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) at Level 2 Reduction. The ACA program recognizes airports worldwide that have committed to managing their carbon footprint through measurement and reduction with the ultimate goal of carbon neutrality. The certification, announced at ACI’s world conference in Montreal, makes LAX one of only 14 U.S. airports to be accredited through the ACA program.
“LAX is honored to be a part of the Airport Carbon Accreditation program,” said Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Chief Executive Officer Deborah Flint. “Carbon footprint reduction drives many of the choices we make to create a world-class airport that is sustainable and environmentally-friendly. We look forward to realizing further carbon reductions through continued hard work and creating the right partnerships.”
“As an ambitious industry, organizations like LAX are doing their part to be good partners by promoting sustainability and environmentally responsible practices,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. “By achieving the ambitious goals of Airport Carbon Accreditation Level 2 Reduction, LAX is setting our industry on a path toward continued success in innovation and sustainability.” .
Airport Carbon Accreditation reflects LAWA’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 45 percent below 1990 levels by 2025, and by 80 percent by 2050. For 2015, LAX’s GHG emission levels are 24.1 percent below 1990 levels. The total amount of CO2 emitted fell from 111,860 metric tons in 1990 to 84,883 in 2015.
This reduction is attributable to a variety of reasons, including: LAX’s new co-generation Central Utility Plant, which is estimated to achieve a six-percent lifetime emissions reduction; LAWA’s Clean Fleet Program, which is the nation’s largest airport alternative-fuel fleet; and LAWA’s Clean Construction Program, where an independent third party oversees a wide range of actions designed to reduce emissions.
ACA Level 2 Reduction accreditation requires airports to quantify their carbon output during a set time period, to submit carbon management plans, and to show progress towards achieving a reduced carbon footprint. Independent verification is conducted biennially to monitor progress towards meeting emissions reduction goals, which are measured against metrics submitted to and approved by the ACA.
The ACA is an independent program administered by WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff, which is responsible for enforcing accreditation criteria for accredited airports. The Airport Carbon Accreditation Program was launched in partnership with ACI-North America, in September 2014.
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