Phoenix Sky Harbor
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Greenhouse Gases

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greenhouse-gas-icon-cs5Greenhouse Gases

Goal: Reduce greenhouse gases from Airport-owned buildings and equipment 30 percent by 2030. Currently, in 2015 PHX reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 4.4 percent over 2014.

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from global commercial and industrial activity are a leading cause of anthropogenic climate change. Airport-related GHG emissions are generated by a number of sources, including vehicles and equipment, offsite generation of electricity used in the terminal buildings, and aircraft operations.

In 2015, the Aviation Department set a goal to reduce its carbon dioxide intensity from Aviation Department facilities and fleet operations by 30 percent by 2030.

More recently, PHX prepared carbon emissions inventories for airport-owned and controlled sources using the Airport Carbon and Emissions Reduction Toolkit. PHX saw a reduction in carbon emissions per passenger of 4.4 percent between 2014 to 2015.

greenhouse-gas-icon-cs5In September 2016, the Director of Aviation Services received recognition from the internationally recognized Airport Carbon Accreditation program for reducing airport emissions.

ACI-NA Carbon Accreditation Award 2016

Over 90 percent of carbon emissions from airport controlled sources come from the purchase of electricity. Please see the Energy energy-icon-cs5section on efforts at PHX to reduce energy consumption.

A new goal – carbon neutrality by 2050 – has been set for airport-controlled sources, and as part of this effort, the Aviation Department developed the Carbon Reduction Policy, shown here.

Carbon Reduction Policy and Strategy