Community and Environment
Salt Lake City has set aggressive carbon and pollution reduction goals as part of its Climate Positive SLC initiative. Climate Positive SLC commits to achieve 100% renewable energy for community electricity by 2032 as well as an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.
As a department of the City, the Salt Lake City International Airport plays an important role in helping achieve these milestones. Here are just a few ways the airport is contributing:
The airport joined Rocky Mountain Power's Subscriber Solar program by subscribing 12 utility meters and reserving 858 blocks on the 20-megawatt solar plant being built in Millard County, Utah, to offset out electricity usage. This equates to 2,059,200 kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean energy or approximately 4% of the airport's total energy use.
Energy use at the airport is on the decline, with a goal to reduce use by 10% by 2020. For example, the airport's recent LED lighting upgrades, including the parking garage, terminal roadways and supportive facilities, save 1.3 million kWh of energy each year.
Alternative Fuel Vehicles
Salt Lake City International Airport operates 82 alternative fuel vehicles, including electric, hybrid, biofuel and compressed natural gas (CNG).
CNG makes up approximately 60% of the airport's total fuel use and 67% of miles primarily in employee and economy lot shuttle buses and trucks. Natural gas usage at the airport has steadily increased, with a 28% improvement in 2015 from the previous year.
Terminal Redevelopment Program
Salt Lake City's Terminal Redevelopment Program will replace the airport's outdated facilities with higher efficiency, energy saving infrastructure. The building will be LEED Gold certified with a LEED Energy Model. Plans call for a 30% overall energy reduction, as well as a photovoltaic array, centralized pre-conditioned air and charging stations for electric vehicles.
The Salt Lake City International Airport considers environmental stewardship and fiscal responsibility as integral parts of airport activities and has demonstrated its commitment to improving and preserving natural and social environments through continuously developing and implementing new sustainability strategies. SLC Sustainability measures success by the airport's economic, environmental and social well-being.
A comprehensive list of the airport's sustainability efforts can be viewed on the SLC Airport Sustainability Dashboard.
Click here to read Salt Lake City International Airport's 2015 Sustainability Management Plan.