Miami International Airport wins environmental award

Miami International Airport (MIA) has been recognized by Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) with the 2017 Environmental Achievement Award in the Environmental Management category for the Sustainability Project at MIA, the airport said.

Winners in each category were selected by a four-judge panel and based on the project´s environmental benefits, innovation, effective implementation, widespread applicability and cost-effectiveness.

Launched in August 2015 in partnership with Florida Power & Light Services (FPLS), the project has installed USD 32m 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 USD 40m 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.

Established by the ACI-NA Environmental Affairs Committee, the annual ACI-NA Environmental Achievement Awards acknowledge the hard work and accomplishments of ACI-NA members by promoting awareness more broadly within the airport community, the general public, and regulators of the efforts being undertaken by environmental professionals at airports.

Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) is an airline industry organization representing the governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada.

Miami International Airport, along with its general aviation airports, is an economic engine for Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida generating business revenue of $33.7 billion annually and welcoming 70 percent of all international visitors to Florida. MIA´s vision is to grow from a recognized hemispheric hub to a global airport of choice that offers customers a world-class experience and an expanded route network with direct passenger and cargo access to all world regions. MIA is committed to sustainable practices.