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ACRP 02-100 [Anticipated]

Pathways to Airport Net Zero Carbon Emissions

  Project Data
Funds: $600,000
Staff Responsibility: Theresia H. Schatz
Fiscal Year: 2022

This project has been tentatively selected and a project statement (request for proposals) is expected to be available on this website. The problem statement below will be the starting point for a panel of experts to develop the project statement.

In the summer of 2021, the members of the Airports Council International committed to reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050.  ACRP Research Report 220: Guidebook for Developing a Zero- or Low- Emissions Roadmap at Airports provides the information and resources needed for airports to create a zero- or low-emissions roadmap and addresses making the business case and working with stakeholders to set zero- or low-emissions goals and targets. In addition, ACRP Synthesis 100: Airport Greenhouse Gas Reduction Efforts, assesses the state of the practice and lessons learned in approaches to greenhouse gas reduction. These efforts may also offer opportunities for revenue generation, as initially explored in ACRP Report 57: The Carbon Market: A Primer for Airports, which was published in2011. Yet carbon removal strategies have not been widely adopted at airports, and a key reason may be the challenges in identifying the best strategies for their unique conditions (e.g., geology/geography, land use characteristics, and funding availability). 
 
The objectives of this research are to provide guidance and tools to help airports identify the most appropriate net-zero carbon strategies for their airports that consider their unique characteristics and to revisit the potential revenue generation opportunities identified in ACRP Report 57.

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