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Friday, 19 April, 2019, 11 : 30 AM [IST]

SFO bags environmental award for the world’s first zero net energy airport facility

The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has been honored for the world’s first Zero Net Energy (ZNE) facility at an airport. Airports Council International - North America (ACI-NA), which represents governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports across the United States and Canada, recognised SFO with its Environmental Achievement Award at the Airports at work conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. SFO received the award in the Environmental Management Category for its Airfield Operations Facility, which was recently certified as a Zero Net Energy facility by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI).

“As an industry leader in sustainability, we are proud to be the first airport in the world to achieve a certified Zero Net Energy facility,” said Ivar C. Satero, Director, SFO. “This represents a major milestone in our environmental efforts, and we are honored to be recognised by Airports Council International - North America for this achievement.”

This is the third ACI-NA award that SFO has received for its environmental leadership, and its second award in the environmental management category. In 2013 ACI-NA recognised SFO for its Climate Action Plan, which outlines a variety of efforts intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to airport operations. The following year, ACI-NA honored SFO for its Recovery Action Plan, which ensures the protection of two endangered species on a 180-acre undeveloped area of the Airport. In 2016, SFO was awarded Level 3 Airport Carbon Accreditation by ACI-NA, at the time becoming the first airport in California and only the second in North America certified at this level.

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