San Diego International Airport Achieves Airport Carbon Accreditation
Cleantech San Diego member and Smart Cities San Diego leader San Diego International Airport (SAN) has been certified through the Airports Council International’s Airport Carbon Accreditation program. The program creates a framework that helps airports identify, manage, and ultimately reduce their carbon emissions.
SAN was certified at “Level 2,” which means that the airport is actively implementing a carbon management plan and has reduced the emissions under its control. Over the past two years, SAN built highly energy efficient facilities such as its Rental Car Center, installed solar energy panels on roofs and in parking lots, converted its shuttle fleet to alternative fuels, and launched a carbon offset program to enable passengers to reduce the environmental impact of their travel.
Recognition of SAN’s certification took place during the Airports Council International – North America’s (ACI-NA) 2016 World Annual Conference in Montréal last month. SAN is one of only 20 commercial airports in North America to successfully become certified through this program.
“Sustainability is one of our core values at San Diego International Airport. We are proud to accept this recognition as validation of our continuing commitment to reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality,” said Airport Authority President/CEO Thella F. Bowens.
“Airports are more than gateways to travel. Airports are gateways to a more sustainable community,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke.