DFW Named First North American Airport to Achieve Carbon Neutral Certification

August 4, 2016


WASHINGTON, DC — Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) today applauded Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport 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.

“Airports are more than gateways to travel.  Airports are gateways to a more sustainable community,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke.  “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.”

“This major achievement demonstrates DFW Airport’s commitment to serving our community and our world with a comprehensive, holistic approach to sustainability,” said Sean Donohue, CEO of DFW Airport.  “Our team has made major strides in reducing DFW’s carbon footprint by how we manage precious resources such as energy and water, and how the Airport manages vehicle fuels, emissions, waste, recycling, and our land.  I want to thank and congratulate our team for this outstanding accomplishment.”

As part of Airport Carbon Accreditation, airports voluntarily 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.

Since ACI-NA joined Airport Carbon Accreditation in 2014, 13 North American airports have earned Airport Carbon Accreditation at one of four levels, covering more than 18 percent of North American air passenger traffic, including: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Montréal – Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport, Portland International Airport, Portland Hillsboro Airport, Portland Troutdale Airport, Victoria International Airport, Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport, Denver International Airport, Honolulu International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Greater Moncton International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, and Winnipeg Richardson International Airport.  These North American airports join more than 150 airports covering more than 33 percent of air passenger traffic around the world.

Learn more about Airport Carbon Accreditation at http://airportco2.org/.  Download our Airport Carbon Accreditation Fact Sheet.


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 support more than 11.5 million jobs and account for $1.4 trillion in economic activity – or more than seven percent of the total U.S. GDP. Canadian airports support 405,000 jobs and contribute C$35 billion to Canada’s GDP. Learn more at www.airportscouncil.org.