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Airport Greenhouse Gas Reduction Efforts A Synthesis of Airport Practice Stephen Barrett Barrett energy resources group, LLc Concord, MA 2019 Research sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration Subscriber Categories Aviation a?¢ Environment A I R P O R T C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M ACRP SYNTHESIS 100

ACRP SYNTHESIS 100 Project 11-03, Topic S02-20 ISSN 1935-9187 ISBN 978-0-309-48079-6 Library of Congress Control Number 2019950949 ?? 2019 National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. COPYRIGHT INFORMATION Authors herein are responsible for the authenticity of their materials and for obtaining written permissions from publishers or persons who own the copyright to any previously published or copyrighted material used herein. Cooperative Research Programs (CRP) grants permission to reproduce material in this publication for classroom and not-for-profit purposes. Permission is given with the understanding that none of the material will be used to imply TRB, AASHTO, FAA, FHWA, FMCSA, FRA, FTA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, PHMSA, or TDC endorsement of a particular product, method, or practice. It is expected that those reproducing the material in this document for educational and not-for-profit uses will give appropriate acknowledgment of the source of any reprinted or reproduced material. For other uses of the material, request permission from CRP. NOTICE The report was reviewed by the technical panel and accepted for publication according to procedures established and overseen by the Transportation Research Board and approved by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The opinions and conclusions expressed or implied in this report are those of the researchers who performed the research and are not necessarily those of the Transportation Research Board; the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; or the program sponsors. The Transportation Research Board; the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; and the sponsors of the Airport Cooperative Research Program do not endorse products or manufacturers. Trade or manufacturersa?? names appear herein solely because they are considered essential to the object of the report. Published reports of the AIRPORT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM are available from Transportation Research Board Business Office 500 Fifth Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 and can be ordered through the Internet by going to http://www.national-academies.org and then searching for TRB Printed in the United States of America AIRPORT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM Airports are vital national resources. They serve a key role in trans- portation of people and goods and in regional, national, and interna- tional commerce. They are where the nationa??s aviation system connects with other modes of transportation and where federal responsibility for managing and regulating air traffic operations intersects with the role of state and local governments that own and operate most airports. Research is necessary to solve common operating problems, to adapt appropriate new technologies from other industries, and to introduce innovations into the airport industry. The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) serves as one of the principal means by which the airport industry can develop innovative near-term solutions to meet demands placed on it. The need for ACRP was identified in TRB Special Report 272: Airport Research Needs: Cooperative Solutions in 2003, based on a study spon- sored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). ACRP carries out applied research on problems that are shared by airport operating agen- cies and not being adequately addressed by existing federal research programs. ACRP is modeled after the successful National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) and Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP). ACRP undertakes research and other technical activi- ties in various airport subject areas, including design, construction, legal, maintenance, operations, safety, policy, planning, human resources, and administration. ACRP provides a forum where airport operators can cooperatively address common operational problems. ACRP was authorized in December 2003 as part of the Vision 100a?? Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act. The primary participants in the ACRP are (1) an independent governing board, the ACRP Oversight Committee (AOC), appointed by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation with representation from airport operating agencies, other stakeholders, and relevant industry organizations such as the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), the American Associa- tion of Airport Executives (AAAE), the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), Airlines for America (A4A), and the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) as vital links to the airport community; (2) TRB as program manager and secretariat for the governing board; and (3) the FAA as program sponsor. In October 2005, the FAA executed a contract with the National Academy of Sciences formally initiating the program. ACRP benefits from the cooperation and participation of airport professionals, air carriers, shippers, state and local government officials, equipment and service suppliers, other airport users, and research organi- zations. Each of these participants has different interests and responsibili- ties, and each is an integral part of this cooperative research effort. Research problem statements for ACRP are solicited periodically but may be submitted to TRB by anyone at any time. It is the responsibility of the AOC to formulate the research program by identifying the highest priority projects and defining funding levels and expected products. Once selected, each ACRP project is assigned to an expert panel appointed by TRB. Panels include experienced practitioners and research specialists; heavy emphasis is placed on including airport professionals, the intended users of the research products. The panels prepare project statements (requests for proposals), select contractors, and provide technical guidance and counsel throughout the life of the project. The process for developing research problem statements and selecting research agencies has been used by TRB in managing coop- erative research programs since 1962. As in other TRB activities, ACRP project panels serve voluntarily without compensation. Primary emphasis is placed on disseminating ACRP results to the intended users of the research: airport operating agencies, service pro- viders, and academic institutions. ACRP produces a series of research reports for use by airport operators, local agencies, the FAA, and other interested parties; industry associations may arrange for workshops, training aids, field visits, webinars, and other activities to ensure that results are implemented by airport industry practitioners.

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CRP STAFF FOR ACRP SYNTHESIS 100 Christopher J. Hedges, Director, Cooperative Research Programs Lori L. Sundstrom, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs Marci A. Greenberger, Manager, Airport Cooperative Research Program Gail R. Staba, Senior Program Officer Demisha Williams, Senior Program Assistant Eileen P. Delaney, Director of Publications Natalie Barnes, Associate Director of Publications ACRP PROJECT 11-03 PANEL Joshua D. Abramson, Easterwood Airport Management, College Station, TX (Chair) Debbie K. Alke, Montana DOT, Helena, MT (retired) Gloria G. Bender, TransSolutions, LLC, Fort Worth, TX David A. Byers, Quadrex Aviation, LLC, Melbourne, FL Traci Clark, Cleveland Airport System, Cleveland, OH David N. Edwards, Jr., Greenvillea??Spartanburg Airport District, Greer, SC Brenda L. Enos, Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, MO Patrick W. Magnotta, FAA Liaison Matthew J. Griffin, Airports Consultants Council Liaison Liying Gu, Airports Council Internationala??North America Liaison Adam Williams, Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association Liaison Christine Gerencher, TRB Liaison TOPIC S02-20 PANEL Petra Kandus, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, New York, NY Adam Klauber, Rocky Mountain Institute/Carbon War Room, New York, NY Kristin M. Lemaster, Changing Climates Consulting, San Francisco, CA Stephanie Meyn, Seattle Tacoma International Airport, Seattle, WA Brendan J. Reed, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, San Diego, CA Aaron Robinson, United Airlines, Chicago, IL Patrick W. Magnotta, FAA Liaison Melinda Z. Pagliarello, Airports Council Internationala??North America Liaison C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M S

ABOUT THE ACRP SYNTHESIS PROGRAM Airport administrators, engineers, and researchers often face problems for which information already exists, either in documented form or as undocumented experience and practice. This infor- mation may be fragmented, scattered, and unevaluated. As a consequence, full knowledge of what has been learned about a problem may not be brought to bear on its solution. Costly research findings may go unused, valuable experience may be overlooked, and due consideration may not be given to recommended practices for solving or alleviating the problem. There is information on nearly every subject of concern to the airport industry. Much of it derives from research or from the work of practitioners faced with problems in their day-to-day work. To provide a systematic means for assembling and evaluating such useful information and to make it available to the entire airport community, the Airport Cooperative Research Program authorized the Transportation Research Board to undertake a continuing project. This project, ACRP Project 11-03, a??Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices,a?? searches out and synthesizes useful knowl- edge from all available sources and prepares concise, documented reports on specific topics. Reports from this endeavor constitute an ACRP report series, A Synthesis of Airport Practice. This synthesis series reports on current knowledge and practice, in a compact format, without the detailed directions usually found in handbooks or design manuals. Each report in the series provides a compendium of the best knowledge available on those measures found to be the most successful in resolving specific problems. FOREWORD By Gail R. Staba Staff Officer Transportation Research Board This report focuses on airport greenhouse gas reduction efforts. It describes greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction initiatives at airports and it provides lessons learned to support the successful implementation of future GHG reduction projects. This synthesis uses ACRP Report 56: Handbook for Considering Practical Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Strategies for Airports as a starting point and describes airportsa?? progress on practices, tools, and strategies to measure and reduce GHG emissions at airports. The information presented in this study was acquired through literature review and survey responses from 18 large airports, 16 medium airports, 15 small airports, 29 nonhub airports, and 19 general avia- tion airports. In addition, this study includes case examples of airports that implemented practices to reduce Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions. Of the 13 initiative categories presented in ACRP Report 56, seven are covered in the case examples; renewable energy (five case examples), energy management (four case examples), ground transportation (three case examples), and business planning (three case examples) are covered the most. Stephen Barrett, Barrett Energy Resources Group, Concord, Massachusetts, synthesized the infor- mation and wrote the report. The members of the topic panel are acknowledged on page iv. This synthesis is an immediately useful document that records the practices that were acceptable within the limitations of the knowledge available at the time of its preparation. As progress in research and practice continues, new knowledge will be added to that now at hand.

1 Summary 4 Chapter 1 Introduction 5 1.1 Airport Greenhouse Gas Emission Sources 8 1.2 ACRP Report 56: Handbook for Considering Practical Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Strategies for Airports 11 1.3 Industry Progress to Date 15 Chapter 2 Findings 15 2.1 Methodology 16 2.2 Industry Survey Results 25 Chapter 3 Case Examples 28 3.1 LED Runway Lighting Installation; John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH), OH 31 3.2 Energy Audit and Efficiency Program; St. Louis Lambert International (STL), MO 34 3.3 Solar PV System; Sacramento International Airport (SMF), CA 37 3.4 Greenhouse Gas Inventory; Portland International Jetport (PWM), ME 40 3.5 High-Efficiency Furnace Heating Project; Cortez Municipal Airport (CEZ), CO 42 3.6 Austin Energy Load Shed, Thermal Energy Storage Program; Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), TX 45 3.7 Ground Source Heating Facility; South Bend International Airport (SBN), IN 48 3.8 Solar Thermal Energy Facility; Boise Airport (BOI), ID 51 3.9 Renewable Natural Gas Fueled Ground Transportation; Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), TX 54 3.10 Biomass Boiler Heating Project; Ketchikan International Airport (KTN), AK 57 3.11 Electric Ground Support Equipment; Birmingham-Shuttleworth International Airport (BHM), AL 61 3.12 Comprehensive Vehicle Electrification Program; Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, John F. Kennedy (JFK), LaGuardia (LGA), Newark (EWR), Stewart (SWF), and Teterboro (TEB) Airports 65 3.13 Zero Net Energy Office Building; San Francisco International Airport (SFO), CA 68 3.14 The Good Traveler Program; Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), GA 71 3.15 Transportation Network Company Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Program; San Diego International Airport (SAN), CA 74 3.16 Sustainable Aviation Fuels; Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), WA 77 3.17 Solar At-Gate Project; Norman Manley International Airport (KIN), Kingston, Jamaica C O N T E N T S

80 Chapter 4 Conclusions and Suggested Research 80 4.1 Findings 81 4.2 Conclusions 82 4.3 Suggested Research 84 Acronyms and Abbreviations 86 Glossary 94 References 97 Bibliography 98 Appendix A Further Resources 103 Appendix B Industry Survey Form 106 Appendix C Case Example Interview Script 108 Appendix D Airport Survey Respondents Note: Photographs, figures, and tables in this report may have been converted from color to grayscale for printing. The electronic version of the report (posted on the web at www.trb.org) retains the color versions.

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Airports in the United States are responding to the demand for increased air travel with sustainable development that incorporates more energy-efficient and lower-emission technologies. Funding for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions-reducing technologies, such as electrification, alternative fuels, and renewable energy, has also become more accessible as technologies are proven to be safe, reliable, and cost-effective.

Newer strategies and programs to reduce GHG emissions reach beyond airport operations to incorporate the traveling public. These are among the findings in the TRB Airport Cooperative Research Program's ACRP Synthesis 100: Airport Greenhouse Gas Reduction Efforts. The report assesses (1) the state of practice of GHG emissions reduction initiatives at airports, and (2) the lessons learned to support the successful implementation of future GHG reduction projects.

The report also finds that large airports are taking the lead in moving beyond reduction strategies for their own emissions and tackling those produced by tenants and the traveling public by supporting the use of alternative fuels and directing passengers to airport carbon offset platforms.

It is clear that airports regard energy-efficiency measures to be the most effective practice to reducing GHG emissions. Smaller airports, in particular, are adopting new technologies associated with more efficient heating and cooling infrastructure and lighting systems because they decrease energy consumption and make economic sense. GHG reduction projects are being implemented by different types of airports across the industry because of the cost savings and the environmental benefits of the new technology.

Airports are actively benchmarking emission-reduction progress in comparison with similar efforts at airports around the world by using frameworks employed by the industry globally, such as the Airport Carbon Accreditation Program and the airport carbon emissions reporting tool (ACERT), to measure their GHG emissions.

Innovative approaches are allowing airports to address rapidly changing consumer behaviors, like those presented in recent years by transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft. These policy-based solutions offer the potential for wider adoption as they enable airports to act without significant capital expenditures.

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