DAL Earns Level Three Carbon Accreditation

July 5, 2022

Airports Council International recently awarded Dallas Love Field with Level 3 – Optimisation status in the Airport Carbon Accreditation program for meeting stringent carbon management strategies and engaging its partners in carbon footprint measurements.

Airport Carbon Accreditation is the only institutionally endorsed, global carbon management certification program for airports. Airport Carbon Accreditation has six carbon reduction levels – mapping, reduction, optimisation, neutrality, transformation and transition. DAL is one of only four airports in Texas to participate in such a program.

Previously, the airport earned Level 1 Mapping accreditation in 2017, Level 2 Reduction in 2018, and renewed its Level 2 accreditation in 2019.

In its promotion to Level 3, Dallas Love Field engaged stakeholders and expanded its carbon management efforts to include emissions from other activity sources such as landing and takeoff cycles, 3rd party ground support equipment, passenger travel to the airport, and staff business travel. 

Partnership activities to reduce emissions have included: increasing the availability of electric vehicle charging stations, reducing air power unit usage at gates, and providing infrastructure for electrification of Ground Support Equipment.

“Achieving Level 3 accreditation is a true milestone for this Department and it demonstrates our entire team’s diligence to make the airport’s sustainability goals a reality. We look forward to continuing our quest to reach carbon neutrality and positioning Dallas Love Field as an industry leader in environmental efforts,” Department of Aviation Director Mark Duebner said.

In a related victory, Dallas Love Field also reached its carbon reduction objective to “reduce carbon emissions by 10 percent per enplaned passenger below 2015 levels by 2025” ahead of schedule. Moving forward, the airport will focus on offsetting residual emissions to achieve Level 3+ Carbon Neutrality.