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TPA and its three general aviation airports recognized for efforts in carbon reduction

All four HCAA airports have demonstrated a commitment to lessening their impact by mapping their carbon footprint and setting goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Tampa International Airport along with the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority's three other general aviation airports were recognized this month by the Airports Council International Airport Carbon Accreditation program, with one of the airports moving up a level in certification. The program awarded the airports certificates at at the ACI-NA Annual Conference for showing their commitment to sustainable goals and applying best practices in carbon management.

Tampa Executive Airport this past year demonstrated a reduction in carbon emissions per passenger and was recognized with a promotion to Level 2 of ACI-NA's Carbon Accreditation program. The general aviation airport joins TPA, which was renewed at Level 2, while Plant City and Peter 'O Knight Airports renewed their Level 1 certificate for successfully mapping their carbon footprints.

The ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation program is a global carbon management program for airports that independently assesses and recognizes airports’ efforts to manage and reduce their CO2 emissions. Tampa International Airport entered the program at the first level in 2017 and the other GA airports followed by also applying programs such as benchmarking, using alternate fuel vehicles, installing energy efficient lights and employing green building and construction practices.

In 2018, TPA was able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10.7 percent per passenger over a three-year rolling average. The Airport has made a number of adustments in recent years to reduce its impact on the environment.

To learn more about TPA's sustainability management plan, go to https://www.tampaairport.com/sustainability