Not only is Dallas Love Field committed to providing high-quality service to the roughly 15 million passengers who pass through its doors every year, the airport is also committed to promoting environmental sustainability. As such, the Department of Aviation (DOA) strives to conserve natural resources through carbon emissions reduction.
This November, Airports Council International (ACI) and Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) announced that Dallas Love Field earned Level 2 Airport Carbon Accreditation due to the airport’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.
“I am proud of the entire Aviation team, especially our Environmental group for reaching this accreditation,” DOA Director Mark Duebner said. “Reducing our carbon footprint is a pillar of the airport’s continued success, so this is a substantial achievement.”
ACA is the only institutionally endorsed, global carbon management certification program for airports. The ACA independently assesses and recognizes the efforts of airports to manage and reduce their carbon emissions through four levels of certification: Mapping, Reduction, Optimization, and Neutrality. In 2017, Dallas Love Field was awarded Level 1 certification for collecting data on the airport’s Scope 1 and 2 emissions sources. In addition, the DOA has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 10 percent below 2015 levels per enplaned passenger by 2025.
Love Field earned Level 2 ACA accreditation by reducing its carbon emissions in 2017 compared to the average 2015 and 2016 emissions levels. In addition, the DOA developed a comprehensive Carbon Management Plan that outlines the DOA’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and identifies how future emissions will be reduced.
“I am very proud of the fact that Dallas Love Field is now playing in the ‘big leagues.’ We are on the right path of progressively implementing best practices in carbon management, with the ultimate goal of becoming carbon neutral down the road,” DOA Environmental Manager Sana Drissi said. “I believe that the real work in maintaining carbon reduction is still ahead of us, but with a clear vision, leadership support, and effective planning, we can achieve our goal.”