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Airport Carbon Management Standard Takes Off

airplaneSeattle-Tacoma International Airport is the first North American airport to earn Airport Carbon Accreditation, a carbon management standard launched by the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) this week.

The program is similar to one that has been in place in Europe since 2009, the airport industry group says.

The program independently assesses and recognizes airports’ efforts to manage and reduce their CO2 emissions. It certifies airports at four different levels of accreditation: mapping, reduction, optimization and neutrality.

In the past 12 months, 107 airports in Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific have earned Airport Carbon Accredited status, ACI-NA says.

Other North American airports have committing to adopting the Airport Carbon Accreditation, including: Aéroports de Montréal, Denver International Airport, San Francisco International Airport and Portland International Airport.

The EPA last week said it would propose an endangerment finding, which would allow it to regulate aircraft greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act if it determines that aircraft GHGs contribute to air pollution and endanger public health.

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