North American Airports Recognized for Leadership in Sustainability

September 18, 2017


FORT WORTH, TX — Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) today recognized the 27 North American airports that achieved Airport Carbon Accreditation during the past year at the 2017 ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition.  Airport Carbon Accreditation recognizes airport efforts to manage and reduce their CO2 emissions through independent assessment and verification.

“The success of the Airport Carbon Accreditation program is both an inspiration and a challenge to the airport industry,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. “While earning certification in this program is difficult, airports must be innovative in finding new ways to reduce carbon emissions in order to renew their certification.  I am delighted these 27 airports are continually striving to do their part to be good partners within their communities and in the global aviation system by promoting sustainability and environmentally responsible practices.”

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 schemes, less corporate travel, and stakeholder engagement to encourage further emissions reductions.

Since ACI-NA joined the Airport Carbon Accreditation program in 2014, 27 airports have attained accreditation.  For 2017, thirteen airports have renewed their Airport Carbon Accreditation including Denver International Airport, Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport, Honolulu International Airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Portland International Airport, Portland Hillsboro Airport, Portland Troutdale Airport, San Diego International Airport, Seattle – Tacoma International Airport, Vancouver International Airport, Victoria International Airport and Winnipeg International Airport.

Six airports have upgraded to the next level of accreditation including Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Indianapolis International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Minneapolis – St. Paul International Airport, Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport and Toronto International Airport.

Seven airports have joined the Airport Carbon Accreditation program, including Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Edmonton International Airport, Halifax Stanfield International Airport, Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport, Salt Lake City International Airport, Tampa International Airport and Van Nuys Airport.
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport remains the only North American airport to achieve carbon neutral certification.

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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