Airports@Work: Protecting the Environment By Katherine Preston, Senior Director, Environmental Affairs, ACI-NA Over the last few months, the global community has been engaged in a serious conversation about the environment, particularly during the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris, 30 Novemberâ€“11 December 2015. In addition to safety and security priorities, airports strive to be good neighbors in the communities that they serve. In this role, airport operators are committed to reducing their carbon footprint and implementing sustainable business practices. During our annual conference in Long Beach last October, ACI-NA was proud to recognize the diligent efforts of 10 North American airports seeking to reduce their carbon footprints through the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. 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 programmes, reducing their corporate travel and increasing stakeholder engagement. As an ambitious industry, we want to do our part to lower our carbon footprint and become better partners in the global aviation system. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport was the first North American airport to attain certification more than a year ago when ACI-NA first joined the programme. Since then, Pierre Elliot Trudeau International, Portland International, Portland Hillsboro, Portland Troutdale, Victoria, Denver, Honolulu and Toronto Pearson airports have joined this innovative programme. In addition, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport was the first North American airport to achieve Level 3 certification, meaning that the airport is working not only to reduce its own carbon footprint, but also those of its airlines, tenants and service
providers. We applaud these airports on their achievements. With 10 total airports currently participating in the programme and more joining in the year ahead, North Americaâ€™s airport industry continues to demand more of itself. That is why the ACI-NA Environmental Committee has been working to expand its scope of work through the development of new industry goals and best practices. This committee is working to provide the tools and resources airports need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, minimize noise, enhance land use, manage de-icing programmes, improve local air quality, conserve energy, reduce solid waste and use water more efficiently. Environmental management will be a featured discussion topic at our upcoming Airports@Work Conference in Austin, TX, 19â€“21 April 2016. The Airports@Work Conference will bring together the most complex facets of airport operations including safety, security, the environment, information technology and technical affairs, for a collaborative discussion about present challenges and future opportunities. Registration for this event is now open on the ACI-NA website.
ACI World Report - February 2016