San Francisco International Airport wins multiple awards from Airports Going Green®

San Francisco International Airport wins multiple awards from Airports Going Green®

Airport recognized for advancing sustainable aviation fuel, new AirTrain Extension project

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 2021-Nov-19 — /Travel PR News/ — The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) received multiple awards from Airports Going Green® (AGG), the aviation industry’s leading forum on sustainability led by the Chicago Department of Aviation and co-hosted by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). At the 14th annual forum, SFO won awards for the following categories:

  • Outstanding Sustainability Program
    • For the introduction and use of sustainable aviation fuel
  • Outstanding Sustainability Infrastructure Development
    • For the AirTrain Extension Project

“The Airports Going Green® forum encourages our industry to continually push the boundaries of what we can accomplish, and we are proud to be recognized by them for our efforts,” said Airport Director Ivar C. Satero. “These awards are a testament to the commitment and dedication of our SFO team to achieve a greener future for air travel.”

SFO is the leading airport in the world for the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), made from sustainable resources such as waste oils from a biological origin. SAF emits 30% fewer greenhouse gasses than traditional jet fuel and requires no modifications for aircraft use.

In September 2018, SFO signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a group of eight airlines and fuel producers to work cooperatively on expanding the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels at SFO. The agreement was the first of its kind to include fuel suppliers, airlines and airport agencies in a collaborative effort to accelerate the global transition to sustainable fuels. In October 2021, SFO announced it had joined dozens of aviation companies around the world in a commitment to phase out fossil jet fuel by 2050.

In May 2021, SFO completed a project to extend the AirTrain electric people mover system to Long-Term Parking. AirTrain now provides seamless connectivity between all terminals, all parking garages, the on-airport hotel, BART station and Rental Car Center. As transportation to Long-Term Parking was previously provided by shuttle bus, this move eliminates 600,000 miles of bus trips annually.

The project included the construction of two new AirTrain stations: one at the Grand Hyatt at SFO, the other at Long-Term Parking. In September 2021, these two stations earned “Gold” certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Doug Yakel
Public Information Officer
External Affairs Office
San Francisco International Airport

Source: San Francisco International Airport