Achieving Airport Net-Zero Emissions Goals

Achieving Airport Net-Zero Emissions Goals

April 21-22, 2022 | Online :: Central Time

The United States Aviation Climate Action Plan announced in November 2021 outlines the federal governments approach to achieving net-zero emissions in the aviation sector by 2050, matching commitments made by internationally by the aviation industry. Key initiatives of the plan include addressing energy efficiency and reducing emissions at every step of airport operations, from infrastructure improvements and transportation electrification to energy sourcing, resilience, and sustainable aviation fuels. 

The Achieving Airport Net-Zero Emissions Goals Symposium will outline the path to a sustainable airport ecosystem and show attendees that it is possible to improve the passenger experience pre-flight and post-flight, from gate to gate, while also reducing emissions. Register now for this virtual program that will explain the necessary steps and the programs available to transition airports to a clean energy future. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize the environmental and economic benefits resulting from lowered emissions
  • Review the various Federal, State, and Local financial supports for lowering airport emissions
  • Identify the various sources of greenhouse gases in airport operation
  • Review the key elements of an airport sustainability master plan
  • Appraise the opportunities for incorporating energy saving strategies into airport infrastructure projects
  • Describe the considerations involved in creating an airport central utility plant
  • Examine the processes involved in developing an airport renewable energy project
  • Evaluate the benefits of operating an airport microgrid
  • Analyze fleet electrification
  • Contrast developing renewable projects through power purchase agreements with implementing airport owned renewable projects
  • Consider environmental and monetary benefits of last-mile transit projects
  • Discuss key developments in advancing alternative jet fuels

Agenda

Thursday, April 21, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Conference Timing

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. :: Benefits of Net-Zero and Renewable Projects for Airports and Aviation

Rehabilitation efforts at airports generally happen as a result of federal and/or state grant funding or private investment. The goal of eliminating carbon emissions for the global air transport industry by 2050, combined with the promise of increased airport infrastructure funding through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act has planners focused on how airports can best harness these economic and policy opportunities for airport improvement to also achieve net-zero goals. What are the best practices for future planning in a way that targets economic, environmental, and social goals, and what are the rewards?

Stephen Barrett, LEED-AP, Barrett Energy Resources Group

9:45 – 10:30 a.m. :: Voluntary Airport Low Emissions (VALE) Program Grants

The Federal Aviation Administration’s Voluntary Airport Low Emission Program was created in 2004 to help airport sponsors meet their state-related air quality responsibilities under the Clean Air Act. The Airport Zero Emissions Vehicle and Infrastructure Pilot Program followed in 2012, allowing airport sponsors to use Airport Improvement Program funds to purchase ZEVs and to construct and modify infrastructure need to use ZEVs. Through the VALE and ZEV programs, airport sponsors can access funds to finance low-emission vehicles, refueling and charging stations, gate electrification, and other airport air-quality improvements. This session will provide an overview of eligibility and application requirements as well as information on project planning and airport emission reduction credits (AERCs).

Michael Lamprecht, Program Manager for the Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) program and the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program, Federal Aviation Administration

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break 

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. :: Targeting Carbon Neutrality Through Airport Carbon Accreditation

Airport Carbon Accreditation is a global carbon management certification program for airport. It independently assesses and recognizes the efforts of airports to manage and reduce their carbon emissions through six levels of certification, Mapping, Reduction, Optimization, Neutrality, Transformation, and Transition. The process relies on internationally recognized methodologies with a common framework for active carbon management with measurable goals. This session will examine the Airport Carbon Accreditation program, its anticipated impact on participants in terms of reaching Airport zero-emission goals.

Thomas Cuddy, Environmental Protection Specialist, Federal Aviation Administration

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: Airport Central Utility Plant (CUP): An Integrated Alternative

Los Angeles International Airport’s replacement Central Utility Plant (CUP) is considered the first sustainable CUP at a U.S. Airport. Designed to achieve LEED Gold certification by the Green Building Council, LAX’s new CUP is 25 percent more energy efficient than the 50-year-old facility it replaced. Estimated to save LAX $7 million per year in electricity and natural gas costs, its pollution control equipment reduces carbon dioxide emissions and the plant generates its own electricity. The inclusion of a Thermal Energy Store (TES) at the plant allowed Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), which operates LAX, to successfully apply for a LADWP grant, resulting in an estimated $2 million in rebates from LADWP, as the TES displaces one of the plant’s chillers to make chilled water during off peak times (overnight), reducing the load on LADWP’s power infrastructure. This case study session will examine the project and the processes that led to its creation.

Tony Kirby, Principal and Infrastructure Practice Leader, Arup Los Angeles

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. :: Strategies for Implementing Airport Renewables

Installing renewable energy generation technologies on site at an airport can lower the carbon footprint without the construction of a large-scale power plant. When sited correctly, solar panels on rooftops can supplement electricity with minimal impact to airport operations while also reducing fossil fuel energy use and associated emissions, meeting sustainability goals, lowering costs, and creating more robust and reliable operations. Pairing generation with battery storage allows an airport to realize additional financial benefits from its PV portfolio. This presentation will examine the development of the solar and battery storage systems at San Diego International Airport, and how these renewable energy tools can help to reduce the airport’s carbon footprint while meeting rising energy demand and costs.

Chad Reese, Environmental Affairs Manager, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

1:45 – 2:30 p.m. :: Case Study: Reducing Atmospheric Emissions with Renewable Natural Gas

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport’s decision to purchase thermal renewable natural gas (RNG) to heat its airport terminal and power the airport’s bus fleet has enabled the Port of Seattle, where natural gas accounted for 75% of the Port’s annual GHG emissions, to halve its carbon footprint nearly a decade earlier than planned. This presentation will examine the sustainability benefits of switching from higher carbon fossil fuel to lower carbon, renewable, waste-derived fuel.

Leslie Stanton, Sustainability Strategist and Manager of Environmental Programs, Aviation, Port of Seattle

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

2:45 – 3:30 p.m. :: Case Study: Harnessing Microgrids for Resilience

This session will examine the process and the benefits of developing the Redwood Coast Airport microgrid, California’s first 100% renewable, front-of-the-meter microgrid. An airport microgrid can provide an economical, reliable, and resilient energy supply. Microgrids give airports the flexibility to use the least expensive energy choice by working in either grid or island mode to cost-effectively balance the grid during peak period, which allows airports to save money by optimizing energy use while also enabling them to avoid costly power failure.

Matthew Marshall, Executive Director, Redwood Coast Energy Authority

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. :: Panel: Limiting Ground-Based GHGs with Low-Emission GSE and ZEVs

Transitioning the transportation sector to zero-emission technology is critical to achieving public health protection goals not only by minimizing air pollution exposure but also by mitigating climate change impacts. Airport fleets include not only shuttles and buses but also ground service equipment like container loaders and baggage carts, making them prime targets for electrification. This panel presentation will examine the considerations, costs, and benefits to the environment of implementing fleet electrification at U.S. airports.

Erin Cooke, Director of Sustainability, San Francisco International Airport

Brendan Riley, President, GreenPower Motor Company  

Seth Stansell, Senior Sales Manager, Webasto PosiCharge

4:30 p.m. :: Day One Adjourns

 

Friday, April 22, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Conference Timing

 

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. :: Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative

There is a growing demand for efforts to employ alternative fuels in commercial aviation. Airlines, aircraft and engine manufacturers, energy producers and governmental agencies are leading research and development efforts into processes and technologies to bring that goal to fruition. How do sustainable aviation fuels integrate into an airport’s net-zero goals and what are the infrastructure implications? How will the deployment of alternative jet fuels impact the aviation marketplace? This session will provide an overview of the sustainable aviation fuel state-of-the-market and an understanding of the various efforts and strategies involved in addressing jet fuel emissions, including Sustainable Aviation Fuel Certificates and the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative.

Chris Tindal, Assistant Director and Business Team Lead, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI)

Adam Klauber, Vice President, Sustainability and ESG, World Energy

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. :: Controlling Indirect Emissions from Non-Airport-owned Transit Sources

Providing connectivity to local communities served by a general aviation airport is essential for providing a complete service to airport users and capturing economic benefit—having the capability to connect travelers to remote off-airport locations may be a determining factor in whether a traveler chooses one airport over another. In support of ambitious energy and emission goals, the Athena research study is a collaborative effort led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport intended, among other goals, to model strategies for getting people to and from airports with a lower environmental impact. This session will examine key results of the ongoing study, and how they can be applied to other airports.

Monte Lunacek, Senior Scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Maximizing Value in Airport Sustainability Planning

Implementing a sustainability plan encourages operators to identify objectives that will reduce environmental impacts, realize economic benefits, and improve community relations. This session will assist both airports early in their sustainability program development and those aiming to double down on existing commitments. It will provide a high-level overview of how to get started, ways to effectively engage staff and stakeholders, funding mechanisms, and emerging issues including Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Reporting. 

Carly Shannon, LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP, Founder and Principal, Linx Strategies

12:00 p.m. :: Day Two Adjourns

Speakers

  • Stephen Barrett, LEED-AP, Barrett Energy Resources Group

  • Erin Cooke, Director of Sustainability, San Francisco International Airport

  • Thomas Cuddy, Environmental Protection Specialist, Federal Aviation Administration

  • Tony Kirby, Principal and Infrastructure Practice Leader, Arup Los Angeles

  • Adam Klauber, Vice President, Sustainability and ESG, World Energy

  • Michael Lamprecht, Program Manager for the Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) program and the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program, Federal Aviation Administration

  • Monte Lunacek, Senior Scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

  • Matthew Marshall, Executive Director, Redwood Coast Energy Authority

  • Chad Reese, Environmental Affairs Manager, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

  • Brendan Riley, President, GreenPower Motor Company  

  • Carly Shannon, Founder and Principal, Linx Strategies

  • Seth Stansell, Senior Sales Manager, Webasto PosiCharge

  • Leslie Stanton, Sustainability Strategist and Manager of Environmental Programs, Aviation, Port of Seattle

  • Chris Tindal, Assistant Director and Business Team Lead, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI)

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.

Register

Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event

REGISTER NOW FOR THIS EVENT:

Achieving Airport Net-Zero Emissions Goals

April 21-22, 2022 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 1195.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 4,780.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 8,365.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 14,340.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before March 18, 2022 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

CEUs

Credits

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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.9 CEUs for this event

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, group discussions, and Q&A will be use in this event.

Requirements for a Successful Completion of Program

Participants must login each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.


Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 11.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

CpeEUCI is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site: www.nasbaregistry.org

 

 

Who Should Attend

The Achieving Airport Zero-Emissions Goals Symposium will provide a unique forum for information exchange, regulatory updates, and policy and technical discussion for:

  • Airport Sustainability Directors and Managers
  • Airport Operations Planners
  • Airport Authorities
  • Municipal and State Transit Authorities
  • Design, Planning, and Engineering Firms
  • Construction Companies
  • Airport Consultants and Lawyers
  • Environmental Analysts and Researchers
  • Renewable Project Developers
  • Electric Utilities
  • Microgrid Developers
  • Zero-Emissions Vehicle Developers
  • Charging Station Companies

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