This week, both Los Angeles International (LAX) and Van Nuys general aviation (VNY) airports were recognised as carbon-accredited at ACI-NA's annual conference.
LAWA officials were on hand to accept certificates for the renewals, which reflect LAWA's independently verified commitment to reduce air pollutant emissions in line with publicly published reduction goals.
"Environmental stewardship is woven into all that we do at Los Angeles World Airports and we are proud that our efforts to reduce emissions and to work with our partners to do the same has once again been recognised by Airports Council International – North America,” enthused LAWA CEO, Deborah Flint.
"LAX and Van Nuys airports are leading the way in demonstrating how airports can track and reduce pollutant emissions, integrate green technologies, and incorporate proven best practices to operate sustainably.”
The Airport Carbon Accreditation programme (ACA) is a voluntary programme that allows airports to have their efforts to quantify and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions independently verified by ACI-Europe.
As one of the US's leading airports on sustainability, LAX has a stated goal to reduce the airport's GHG emissions to below 45 percent of 1990 levels by 2025, 60 percent by 2035, and 80 percent by 2050.
"Airports strive to be good partners within their communities and in the global aviation system by promoting sustainability and environmentally responsible practices,” said Kevin Burke, ACI-NA president and CEO.
"One of the chief ways North American airports can lower their carbon footprint is by participating in the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. I applaud the airports like Los Angeles International and Van Nuys Airports that are leading our industry on a path toward continued success in innovation and sustainability."