Miami International Airport has received the top “Environmental Achievement Award” in the “Environmental Management” category from Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA). The award was presented for Miami International Airport’s ongoing Sustainability Project – “one of the largest energy-saving programs ever in the eastern U.S.”
Launched in August 2015 in partnership with Florida Power & Light Services (FPLS), the project has installed $32 million worth of air conditioning and ventilation upgrades, water conservation retrofits, energy-efficient lighting and other innovative solutions at MIA that will save the airport more than 35 million kilowatts of power per year and $40 million in utility costs over the 14-year contract period with FPLS. In terms of environmental conservation, the project is reducing annual carbon emissions at MIA by the equivalent of 5,110 automobiles and water consumption equal to 28 million gallons of water or 43 Olympic-size swimming pools.
“In addition to being America’s busiest airport for international freight, one of its top international passenger gateways, and a leading economic engine, we are honored to be recognized as a leader in environmental management as well,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González. “Being an energy-smart airport is also smart business. The $40 million in savings helps us decrease the operating expenses passed on to current and prospective airlines, which in turn spurs investment at MIA and in our local economy.”
Airports Council International-North America is “the leading industry organization representing the governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada”. The award was presented at their 2017 Airports@Work Conference in Las Vegas on March 29th.