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Airports innovate as waste management challenges grow

The number of people travelling by air increased 4.2% worldwide in 2019. A further 4.1% increase is expected this year.[1] That increased population will bring more than tickets and luggage to airports. The food and packaging they carry, along with all that is consumed in-terminal, means inevitable waste management challenges. Major airports are finding solutions. […]
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Airport solar: from Sea to Shining Sea

The open skies at airfield perimeters bring renewable, carbon-free energy to solar farms at over 15 US airports. That’s only a fraction of the airport solar panels generating power on the rooftops of hangars, parking garages, and terminals. Panels have also been installed on canopies above walkways and parking spaces. Among the many airports using […]
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Airports reduce their carbon footprint

In 2018, nearly 4.5 billion travelers arrived and departed from airports worldwide. Airlines have been finding ways for those 45 million flights to leave less of a carbon footprint.[1] At the same time, many airports have been measuring, reducing, and offsetting the impact of the facilities, infrastructure, and ground transportation that they provide.[2] Airport industry […]
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As the climate changes, airports adapt

The impact of climate change has been measured and recorded worldwide. In the arctic, 3.3 trillion tons of ice has melted since 1992. In more temperate climates, weather events have become more frequent and extreme.[1] Severe storms have doubled since 1980. Floods have quadrupled.[2] Impact seen at airports Within the past month, 68 mph winds […]

Airlines explore alternatives to single-use plastics

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reports that more than 6.2 million tons of cabin waste was generated in 2017. Within that waste, cups, cutlery, coffee stirrers, packaging, and more are single-use plastics. IATA estimates that if no action is taken, cabin waste could double within fifteen years. 1 Fortunately, action is being taken! Among […]
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Biofuel initiatives target carbon dioxide emissions

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has set three goals for mitigating CO2 emissions.[1] Improve aviation fuel efficiency by an average of 1.5% per year from 2009 to 2020 Achieve carbon-neutral growth in the industry by 2020 By 2050, reduce net aviation CO2 emissions to half of what they were in 2005. Sustainable Aviation Fuel […]
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Sustainability and business opportunity grow together at Sea-Tac

In 2017, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) facilities supported 46.9 million passengers along with 425,800 metric tons of air cargo. That volume at the 9th busiest U.S. airport involved 416,124 arrivals and departures.[1] Planning for sustainability The Port of Seattle, the airport’s owner and operator, is preparing for an additional 9.1 million passengers within 10 years. […]
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Robotic carts boost ergonomics and safety for TSA officers

In summer, 2018, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened nearly 165 million pieces of checked baggage.[1] Some were flagged for additional scrutiny. TSA officers would then lift and drag the often-heavy luggage to inspection tables. The repetitive lifting and twisting motions subjected TSA officers to potential back injuries. Fortunately, mobile inspection tables now offer an […]
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A sustainable future grows amid daily airport operations

Last year was an exceptional year for Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC). The 23rd busiest airport in the United States saw approximately 370 daily scheduled commercial departures[1]. While supporting those flights,  SLC began construction on a new Central Utility Plant, Gateway Center, Parking Garage, Terminal, and the west side of the north and south […]