Air traffic has a big impact on the environment, you know, but you would start on the right foot if at least airports were green. The United States knows it very well and the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) has become the first airport in North America to achieve carbon neutral status after the Airport Carbon Accreditation, the program promoted by Airports Council International, which recognizes the efforts of airports around the world to reduce its emissions of CO2 by paths and fully independent evaluations.
DFW is one of only 23 airports worldwide to achieve the milestone distinction of “Level 3+Neutrality”. The recognition is the result of nearly two decades of sustainability efforts and commitments to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, to clean the air throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth region and to limit the environmental impact. The Dallas Fort Worth Airport has shown great inclination to sustainability, making progress in reducing carbon emissions, in the management of precious resources such as water and energy, in supplies of vehicles, in the emissions, in the wastes, in recycling and in defense of the Earth. Carbon neutrality occurs when the net carbon dioxide emissions over an entire year is zero, meaning the airport absorbs or offsets the same amount of carbon dioxide as it produces. Since 2010, DFW has achieved a 29 percent reduction in carbon emissions on a per-passenger basis, as well as an overall 38 percent reduction in energy costs, even while total passengers at the airport increased by 15 percent over the same period. Other notable achievements include:
Energy: Dallas Fort Worth International Airport is committed to electrical consumption from renewable sources and has purchased and retired enough renewable energy credits to cover 100 percent of the annual usage.
Water: DFW installed water-conserving plumbing fixtures in restrooms to cut customer water usage across all five airport terminals by 50 percent, saving more than 5 million gallons of water each month. The airport also partnered with neighboring cities to create a reclaimed water delivery system to conserve potable water in the region, reducing consumption by more than100 million gallons per year.
Vehicle emissions: DFW’s vehicle fleet has been almost completely converted to clean-burning compressed natural gas, cutting the airport fleet’s carbon emissions by 25 percent while saving millions in fuel costs.
Recycling: Over 180,000 tons of materials left on site after terminal renovations have been recycled or diverted from landfills.