DEN Outlines Sustainability Initiatives for the Next Five Years to Reduce Carbon Footprint
In light of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on climate change and the recent wildfire-related air quality challenges in Colorado, Denver International Airport (DEN) has developed initiatives to help reduce the environmental impacts of airport operations over the next five years.
“DEN has always been committed to sustainability and has many great programs already in place, but we can do more. Our five-year plan focuses on a variety of new efforts that supplement the work we are already doing, support Mayor Hancock’s climate action agenda, and continue to improve environmental performance across all aspects of our operations. This is part of our new Vision 100 plan to take our sustainability efforts to the next level and become one of the greenest airports in the world as we plan for 100 million annual passengers in the future.”
In response to ongoing environmental challenges, DEN has developed a comprehensive set of projects to reduce our environmental impacts that we would like to implement over the next five years:
These new initiatives will support the goals and policies set by Mayor Hancock to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050, further electrify our transportation system to reduce the impact of cars on climate change and transition the city to 100% renewable electricity by 2030, including all city government buildings and facilities by 2025.
“Denver International Airport works hard to be a sustainability leader within the aviation industry. We’re excited to announce these proposed initiatives that reduce costs, improve environmental performance, and support the communities we serve. They will also allow us to build upon our existing success as we grow to improve economic competitiveness and create value for our residents and neighbors.”
DEN’s existing sustainability efforts include:
In addition to these programs, DEN was also the first commercial service airport in the U.S. with an ISO 14001- certified Environmental Management System covering all operations and is a long-time Gold Level leader within the state of Colorado’s Environmental Leadership Program. DEN currently has four-LEED certificated facilities including the LEED Platinum Hotel and Transit Center, and the LEED Gold Concourse C West expansion and Fire Station 35. Click here to learn more about DEN’s sustainability program.
This article was originally published by Denver International Airport.
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