Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices. Topic S02-20. Lessons Learned from Airport Greenhouse Gas Reduction Efforts

Many airports have undertaken initiatives that result in the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and have lessons learned that can assist industry staff in accomplishing similar goals. This synthesis builds upon progress to date. GHG reduction initiatives have been implemented at various airports, and Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) reports have been published on the range and scope of airport initiatives that can affect GHG emissions. There are a number of reports that provide guidance on emissions and GHG management. ACRP Report 56, 'Handbook for Considering Practical Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Strategies for Airports' provided a framework and documented 125 strategies that can reduce GHG emissions and ranked them based on financial considerations, implementation considerations, and potential impacts on GHG emissions. Since this report came out in 2012, new opportunities and initiatives have taken place. This synthesis looks to provide case examples of new initiatives and practices since 2012. Airports are at different stages in evaluating and reducing GHGs. Since early reports were issued, many airports have invested concerted effort in formalizing their GHG management by joining programs such as Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA). Currently, there are nearly 40 airport operators in the U.S that have achieved a level of ACA. Airports address GHG emissions from a variety of emissions sources such as aircraft movements, technical operations, and surface access transport. Airports are collaborating with tenants and users to achieve GHG reduction. Lessons can be learned from these efforts and it is also important to understand the differences in effectiveness of various initiatives. Using ACRP Report 56 as a starting point, this study will synthesize new initiatives and strategies post- 2012 from programs at a range of airports. The research will significantly benefit U.S. airports currently implementing and/or considering initiatives in the future. The audience for the report is airport staff members who manage GHG reduction or wish to establish these programs or initiatives. The product of this research will be a concise synthesis of current practice. The following activities will be undertaken by the researcher: (1) Compile a variety of initiatives since 2012 that draw a distinction between airport owned and controlled (Scope 1 and 2) versus airport influenced (Scope 3) GHG emissions. The lessons learned should be screened from a wide range of initiatives such as those found in ACRP Report 56 Table I-1 and based on the below categories: (a) Airfield Design and Operations (AF); (b) Business Planning (BP); (c) Construction (CN); (d) Carbon Sequestration (CS); (e) Carbon Offsets [New category.]; (f) Energy Management (EM); (g) Ground Service Equipment (GS); (h) Ground Transportation (GT); (i) Materials and Embedded Energy (ME); (j) Operations and Maintenance (OM); (k) Performance Measurement (PM); (l) Renewable Electricity and Fuels (RE/F) [Note this suggested change.]; and (m)Refrigerants (RF). (2) Collect data via interview or focus forum, including practitioners at a variety of airports who have experience implementing GHG reduction initiatives, to document their knowledge on processes leading to effective outcomes. (3) Document case examples of post-2012 GHG reduction initiatives from 10+ airports, describing information on: (a) Ease of implementation; (b) Lessons Learned; (c) Effectiveness as defined for each initiative; (d) Any co-benefits attained; (4) Identify common themes. (5) Highlight potential the knowledge base of effective practices and improve implementation of GHG reduction initiatives at airports.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-03, Topic S02-20

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Staba, Gail

  • Performing Organizations:

    Barrett Energy Resources Group

    Concord, MA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Barrett, Stephen

  • Start Date: 20180925
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01659865
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-03, Topic S02-20
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 12 2018 3:03PM