The US EPA is generally displeased with the green records of airlines, GA and airports; so it is good news when that federal regulator indicates that one segment of our business has done well within its jurisdiction. This sort of story is something that bears repetition nationwide and more importantly, serves as an example for all to emulate.
DFW International Airport was recognized with the 2016 Annual Climate Leadership Award for its goal-setting award for its plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the EPA, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and the Climate Registry. Other recipients included 13 organizations, three partnerships and one individual with 17 awards in the fifth. DFW is the first airport to receive a CLA in the award’s 5 year history.
The citation referenced the following goals established and pursued by DFW:
- its greenhouse gas reduction goals by increasing its proportion of renewable electricity from 30 percent to 40 percent;
- introducing alternative fuel fleet vehicles; and
- integrating improved energy efficient technology into its facilities.
The aviation industry does more in the greening of the business than EPA and others give credit. Thus when DFW or others in this sector do receive praise, it is really incumbent on all to share that information. Spread the recognition of this achievement so the public will see aviation in a greener light.