Pittsburgh International Airport’s commitment to environmental sustainability continues to earn recognition on the world stage.
Last week, the Center for Aviation Aviation (CAPA) named PIT the Environmental Sustainability Airport of the Year at the Asia Aviation Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with particular focus on the airport’s microgrid, new terminal plans and energy. praised the efforts.
Pittsburgh was the only airport winner. Several airlines also won awards, including Wizz Air, Pegasus Airlines, Indigo, Volaris, and Alaska Airlines.
Marco Navarria, Director of Content and Marketing at CAPA, said the Aviation Sustainability Excellence Awards use not only a thorough vetting process but also a wide range of data to recognize aviation leaders who make environmental sustainability a strategic priority. and said that they are using analysis.
“All of our 2023 award winners are actively engaged in environmental sustainability initiatives, striving to not only achieve their own goals, but to lead the industry towards a net-zero future. ” Navarria said.
PIT recently celebrated the second anniversary of the world’s first proprietary microgrid, which uses solar energy and natural gas produced on-site to fully power an airport. The airport has built approximately 10,000 solar panels on a closed landfill on the airport’s property, which is unsuitable for development, a first for Pennsylvania.
The airport is also working to become a pioneer in sustainable fuels, with the goal of developing hydrogen and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) locally to further reduce aviation industry emissions. .
“We are grateful to CAPA for recognizing Pittsburgh International Airport as a global aviation industry leader in sustainability,” said Christina Kasotis, CEO of PIT. She said: “From the world’s first microgrid to our goal of producing SAF and hydrogen on-site, PIT is focused on building a sustainable future and bringing regional innovation to our airports. ”
PIT is also building a new $1 billion terminal with the goal of being a LEED Gold certified facility upon completion, with energy efficiency built into the design and other sustainable features including rainwater recycling. We are in the middle of the program.
PIT also maintains dozens of honey bee colonies across 8,800 acres and contributes to a growing honey bee population with more than 1 million bees pollinating flowers and other agricultural products. .
Other award winners are:
- Global Sustainability Airline/Airline Group of the Year
- EMEA Environmental Sustainability Airline/Airline Group of the Year
- Asian Environmental Sustainability Airlines/Airline Group of the Year
- North American Environmental Sustainability Airline/Airline Group of the Year
- Environmental Sustainability in Latin America Airline/Airline Group of the Year
- Environmental Sustainability Innovation of the Year
- Lufthansa Technic – AeroSHARK