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August 5, 2016

Dallas Fort Worth Achieves Carbon Neutral Status




Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport has become the first airport in North America to achieve carbon neutral status, one of only 23 airports worldwide. 

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The Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) Program upgraded DFW Airport to "Level 3+ Neutrality", which is the highest level of environmental achievement available to airports. The recognition culminates nearly two decades of sustainability efforts by DFW Airport to reduce its own emissions and carbon footprint, and thereby contribute to the regional effort to clean the air in the Dallas Fort Worth area, DFW said.

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. The achievement is recognized and accredited by Airport Carbon Accreditation, an international organization that monitors the efforts of airports to manage and reduce their carbon emissions. 

Since 2010, DFW has achieved 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 DFW increased by 15 percent over the same period.

The airport also purchased and retired enough renewable energy credits to cover 100 percent of its annual energy usage, and it adopted “continuous commissioning” to fine-tune building heating and cooling systems, lowering energy consumption across the airport. To save water, DFW installed water-conserving plumbing fixtures in restrooms to cut customer water usage across all five Airport terminals by 50 percent, saving over 5 million gallons of water each month, and it has also partnered with neighboring cities to create a reclaimed water delivery system to conserve potable water in the region, reducing consumption by over 100 million gallons per year. 

DFW also almost completely converted its vehicle fleet to clean-burning compress natural gas (CNG), cutting the fleet’s carbon emissions by 25 percent and saving on fuel costs. In the summer, DFW takes its air conditioning systems offline during peak demand hours and cools six million square feet of terminal space with super-cooled water pumped from its Energy Plaza thermal storage infrastructure. Finally, over 180,000 tons of materials pulled from terminal renovations under the Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program (TRIP) have been recycled or diverted from landfills. 

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