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DFW becomes first US gateway to achieve carbon neutral status

ACI–North America has applauded Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport for becoming the first North American gateway to achieve carbon neutral status in the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.

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. They are gateways to a more sustainable community,” says ACI-NA president and CEO Kevin 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.” 

DFW CEO, Sean Donohue, enthuses: “This major achievement demonstrates DFW Airport’s commitment to serving our community and our world with a comprehensive, holistic approach to sustainability.

“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% of North American air passenger traffic.

They include Seattle-Tacoma; Montréal–Trudeau; Portland; Denver; Honolulu International Airport and Toronto Pearson.

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