LAX Receives Carbon Accreditation from ACI

IASA: Nachhaltige Luftfahrt - Sustainable Aviation

27Reducing emissions by 45 percent below 1990 levels until 2025

Los Angeles, California, September 27, 2016:  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.”

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 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.

Source: Los Angeles International Airport

Neste: Renewable Diesel to power County of Sacramento’s Fleet in California

Sacramento, August 11, 2016: Neste Renewable Diesel is now being used by the County of Sacramento, California. In moving to Neste Renewable Diesel, the County Sacramento joins California’s cleanest and greenest fleets that include the City of San FranciscoCity of Oakland, City of Walnut Creek, City of CarlsbadGoogle, and UPS.

In switching from petroleum diesel to Neste Renewable Diesel made from waste and residues, the County of Sacramento will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its fleet by up to 80 percent. The County estimates that it will reduce greenhouses gases by approximately eight thousand tons annually. In addition, the use of Neste Renewable Diesel will reduce tailpipe emissions and so will contribute to improving the local air quality in Sacramento. Sacramento will use Neste Renewable Diesel in a range of heavy-duty vehicles including more than 400 municipal public works and specialty vehicles.

“Many government agencies and private corporations worldwide are now looking for ways to reduce emissions and carbon footprint. In the United States the State of California is leading the way. Neste Renewable Diesel is a solution to reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and tailpipe emissions. Switching to Neste Renewable Diesel does not require any additional investments on infrastructure or engine modifications. Thus, fleets can switch to renewable diesel overnight”, says Kaisa Hietala, Executive Vice President, Renewable Products, Neste Corporation.

Renewable Diesel

Using Neste’s Renewable Diesel the County of Sacramento will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its fleet by up to 80 percent

“It’s our privilege to help the California’s state capitol county, Sacramento, become more sustainable. We want to give public and private fleets, as well as consumers, options to make responsible choices”, continues Hietala.

“Sacramento County is proud to be recognized among the leading and most sustainable public fleets in the country. Migrating to Neste Renewable Diesel provides us immediate huge gains in carbon emissions reduction that we could not otherwise achieve without significantly increased investments in alternative fueled vehicles and infrastructure”, says Keith Leech, Chief, Fleet Division & Parking, Sacramento County.

Neste is the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel with an annual production capacity of more than 2.4 million tons. The company is also the world’s largest provider of fuel from waste and residues. Neste has received recognition in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the Global 100 list of the world’s most sustainable companies.

Source: Neste Corporation

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