In 2014, SeaTac airport was the first in North America to win an award from Airports Council International recognizing its 8 percent reduction in airport carbon emissions over three years. I’m proud of the innovative green investments we have made at our airport, and I am committed to strengthening our environmental strategy for our future.
As part of SeaTac International Airport’s ongoing efforts to reduce fossil fuel consumption, the Port of Seattle partnered with Alaska Airlines and the Western Washington Clean Cities Initiative to convert all of the airport’s airfield ground support vehicles from fossil fuels to electric power. Leveraging funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and Federal Aviation Administration, the project installed 576 electric charging stations throughout SeaTac providing the infrastructure to convert as many as 650 vehicles to electric technology. This conversion is projected to save as much as $2.8 million in airline fuel costs and 10,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year – equivalent to taking about 1,900 cars off the road.
The electric vehicle program combined with other green airport initiatives – such as using a centralized heating and cooling system to provide pre-conditioned air to planes parked at gates enabling them to save fuel by turning off their on-board units – has resulted in a reduction of more than 50,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.