Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport says it is now the first airport in North America to achieve carbon neutral status from the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) Program, citing the benefits of its compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle fleet, among other sustainability efforts.
In an effort to phase out harmful emissions from gasoline-powered cars, DFW encourages customers to use CNG taxis to meet their shuttle needs. According to the airport, almost 95% of DFW’s airport vehicles are CNG-powered, cutting carbon emissions by 25% while saving millions in fuel costs.
“Our team has made major strides in reducing DFW’s carbon footprint by how we manage precious resources, such as energy and water, and how the airport manages vehicle fuels, emissions, waste, recycling and our land,” says Sean Donohue, CEO of DFW Airport.
DFW says that with this distinction, it is now one of only 23 airports worldwide to achieve the carbon neutral milestone.
As part of the recognition, DFW will be highlighted at the ACI-World Annual Conference/World Annual General Assembly in September in Montréal as the first North American airport to achieve “Level 3+ Neutrality,” which is the highest level of environmental achievement available to airports.
First adopting natural gas vehicles in 1994, the airport currently has over 400 alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) in its fleet, including hybrid, natural gas and biodiesel vehicles. In addition to its large AFV fleet, the airport has two on-site, public-access CNG refueling stations and plans to install a third in the near future.