DFW Airport Partners
With EPA To Save Energy And Resources
By Daniel Baxter
February 24, 2012 - Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport has entered into a Sustainability Partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Officials from DFW Airport and the EPA signed a Memorandum of Understanding during a ceremony at the airport on Wednesday.
The airport’s objective is to extend its leadership role
in sustainable, cost-effective business practices by
making a voluntary commitment to further reduce its
resource and energy usage under its Terminal Renewal and
Improvement Program (TRIP).
“Sustainability has landed at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, and the airport is leading the way with this commitment,” said EPA Regional Administrator Al Armendariz. “Minimizing energy and resource use through smart and sustainable business practices creates jobs and provides for healthier places to work and live.”
International Airport is the world’s eighth busiest airport with
57 million passengers per year. The airport’s Terminal Renewal
and Improvement Program (TRIP) currently underway is a $1.9
billion, seven-year project to renew the airport’s four original
passenger terminals. The project will add approximately 2,000
jobs during the course of design and construction.
airport has long demonstrated an industry-leading commitment to
sustainability, including more than a decade of investment in
enterprise-wide sustainable practices ranging from alternative
fuel vehicle fleets to responsible management of emissions,
water and energy,” said Jeffrey P. Fegan, CEO of DFW Airport.
“This new partnership with the EPA will formalize our efforts
and allow us to share our lessons learned as more airports and
public organizations adopt sustainability initiatives across all
phases of their operations.”
As part of
the Sustainability Partnership Memorandum of Understanding the
airport’s ongoing TRIP program will reduce energy consumption by
ten percent and water consumption by 25 percent from a
pre-project baseline. Optimize materials management through
recycling and reuse, conserve resources, and prevent pollution
by implementing cost effective environmental and business
practices and provide annual data documenting water, energy, and
materials management impacts to the EPA.
EPA Region 6 will provide support to help reduce the airport’s environmental footprint. Establish a single point of contact to discuss sustainable strategies and provide tools to quantify economic and environmental benefits.
The TRIP renewal
project has completed demolition of Terminal A Phase I (there are three
phases for this terminal) and Terminals B, C and E will also be
renovated in a multi-phased approach. Through the first phase,
demolition procedures from Terminal A have already recycled 600 tons of
materials, keeping them from landfills and lowering costs by $332,000.
In all, an estimated 1,500 tons of materials will be recycled from
Terminal A alone when complete, with similar efforts anticipated at the
other three terminals.
sustainable initiatives are paying dividends in the TRIP program and
other renewal projects undertaken by the airport:
upgrades already saving 5.5 million gallons of water per month thanks to
the implementation of new plumbing fixtures that are compatible with the
EPA’s WaterSense program.
- Planned lighting
upgrades will reduce energy consumption by 20 percent.
- Installation of
more efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems will
further reduce energy consumption by an anticipated 35 percent in the
original four terminal buildings.
- Floor tile will
be replaced by Terrazo flooring made of aggregate such as stone,
recycled glass, or plastic, and bound by cement or epoxy.
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