SAN has been certified at “Level 3,” one of only 10 airports in North America to achieve this designation or higher from the Airports Council International’s Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) program. The third-party verified program is a framework that helps airports identify, manage, and reduce their carbon emissions.
Level 3 certification acknowledges that the airport has gone beyond implementing a carbon management plan that reduces emissions under its control; and is now effectively partnering with airlines, concessions, and ground transportation operators to help them lower their emissions at the airport.
Examples of SAN’s initiatives include creating a novel greenhouse gas reduction program for rideshare companies such as Lyft and Uber, launching “The Good Traveler” carbon offset program that has since been expanded nationally, and partnering with San Diego Gas & Electric to expand airport charging infrastructure for new electric-powered ground-service equipment under Senate Bill 350.
“At San Diego International Airport, we take our commitment to lowering our carbon footprint seriously,” said Kim Becker, SAN’s President/CEO. “This involves working closely with regional stakeholders and airport business partners to collectively address this vital issue.”
SAN’s goal is to reach the highest level of certification, Carbon Neutrality, by 2022. There is currently only one airport in North America at that level – Dallas Fort Worth International Airport – and 48 worldwide.