Los Angeles, California, 2016-Sep-30 — /Travel PR News/ — Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) was recognized at the 2016 Airports Council International (ACI) World Annual Conference for recently achieving Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) at Level 2 Reduction. The ACA program recognizes airports worldwide that have committed to managing their carbon footprint through measurement and reduction with the ultimate goal of carbon neutrality. The certification, announced at ACI’s world conference in Montreal, makes LAX one of only 14 U.S. airports to be accredited through the ACA program.
“LAX is honored to be a part of the Airport Carbon Accreditation program,” said Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Chief Executive Officer Deborah Flint. “Carbon footprint reduction drives many of the choices we make to create a world-class airport that is sustainable and environmentally-friendly. We look forward to realizing further carbon reductions through continued hard work and creating the right partnerships.”
“As an ambitious industry, organizations like LAX are doing their part to be good partners by promoting sustainability and environmentally responsible practices,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. “By achieving the ambitious goals of Airport Carbon Accreditation Level 2 Reduction, LAX is setting our industry on a path toward continued success in innovation and sustainability.” .
Airport Carbon Accreditation reflects LAWA’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 45 percent below 1990 levels by 2025, and by 80 percent by 2050. For 2015, LAX’s GHG emission levels are 24.1 percent below 1990 levels. The total amount of CO2 emitted fell from 111,860 metric tons in 1990 to 84,883 in 2015.
This reduction is attributable to a variety of reasons, including: LAX’s new co-generation Central Utility Plant, which is estimated to achieve a six-percent lifetime emissions reduction; LAWA’s Clean Fleet Program, which is the nation’s largest airport alternative-fuel fleet; and LAWA’s Clean Construction Program, where an independent third party oversees a wide range of actions designed to reduce emissions.
ACA Level 2 Reduction accreditation requires airports to quantify their carbon output during a set time period, to submit carbon management plans, and to show progress towards achieving a reduced carbon footprint. Independent verification is conducted biennially to monitor progress towards meeting emissions reduction goals, which are measured against metrics submitted to and approved by the ACA.
The ACA is an independent program administered by WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff, which is responsible for enforcing accreditation criteria for accredited airports. The Airport Carbon Accreditation Program was launched in partnership with ACI-North America, in September 2014.
About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
LAX is the seventh busiest airport in the world and third in the United States. LAX served more than 74.9 million passengers in 2015. LAX offers 742 daily nonstop flights to 101 cities in the U.S. and 1,273 weekly nonstop flights to 76 cities in 41 countries on 64 commercial air carriers. LAX ranks 12th in the world and fifth in the U.S. in air cargo tonnage processed, with more than 2.1 million tons of air cargo valued at over $101.4 billion. LAX handled 655,564 operations (landings and takeoffs) in 2015.
An economic study based on 2014 operations reported LAX generated 620,610 jobs in Southern California with labor income of $37.3 billion and economic output (business revenues) of more than $126.6 billion. This activity added $6.2 billion to local and state revenues and $8.7 billion in federal tax revenues. The study also reported that LAX’s ongoing capital-improvement program creates an additional 121,640 annual jobs with labor income of $7.6 billion and economic output of $20.3 billion, $966 million in state and local taxes, and $1.6 billion in federal tax revenues.
LAX is part of a system of three Southern California airports – along with LA/Ontario International and Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund.
For more information about LAX, please visit www.lawa.aero/lax or follow on Twitter @flyLAXAirport, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LAInternationalAirport, and on YouTube at www.YouTube.com/laxairport1. Information about LAX’s ongoing multi-billion-dollar LAX Modernization Program, as well as tips and shortcuts to help navigate LAX during construction, are available at www.LAXisHappening.com.
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Contact: Frederick Badlissi
SOURCE: Los Angeles World Airports