(September 18, 2017) - Tampa International Airport today joined the Airports Council International Airport Carbon Accreditation program, furthering its commitment to its sustainable goals and applying best practices in carbon management. By entering the program, which launched in Europe in 2009 and in North America in 2014, TPA joined the 26 North American airports and 195 airports around the world that currently participate.
The ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation program is a global carbon management program for airports that independently assesses and recognizes airports’ efforts to manage and reduce their CO2 emissions. Tampa International Airport enters the program at the first level, which requires a measurement of its current carbon footprint as a starting point. Its next step is to show a reduction in carbon emissions through a number of sustainability initiatives, many of which are already in place at TPA.
By 2021, TPA aims to:
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 5 percent on a per passenger basis
- Reduce potable water usage by 10 percent on a per passenger basis
- Reduce the solid waste disposed by 10 percent on a per passenger basis
- Reduce electricity consumption by 3 percent on a per passenger basis
“Our goal is for TPA to be an industry leader in sustainability,” TPA CEO Joe Lopano said. “Through the active engagement of airport management, staff, tenants and our community, TPA sets the best practice standards for the industry making a positive impact on our community and our environment.”
TPA has been incorporating more environmentally friendly practices for the past several years, and in 2013, it was awarded a Federal Aviation Administration grant to develop a Sustainable Management Plan under the FAA’s Sustainable Master Plan Pilot Program.
TPA recycles 1,100 tons of solid waste from its Main Terminal and airport operations annually and more than 24,000 tons of construction-related materials have been recycled to date. The Airport installed 15 electric vehicle charging stations for passengers, as well as 4 new spaces installed for employees, and has saved more than 441 million gallons of potable water through reclaimed water use since 2009.
For more information about the TPA’s sustainability initiatives, go to: http://www.tampaairport.com/sustainability. To learn more about the Airport Carbon Accreditation program, visit: http://www.airportcarbonaccreditation.org.