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Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – Conservation and Sustainability Fast Facts

April 17, 2019 Airport No Comments Email Email


LAX strives to be green every month of the year, not just during Earth Month. This gateway to the West is continually on the look for ways to improve the environment.  Here are some fast facts from LAX’s sustainability reports (2018, which will be released in the Summer of 2019, and 2017, available at the link above).

Energy Stewardship

  • While passenger traffic continues to increase annually, LAX’s energy consumption per passenger decreased in 2017, continuing a downward trend since 2011.
  • For the second consecutive year (2017), LAX participated in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s Summer Shift Energy Incentive Program, shifting approximately 878 kilowatt of electricity demand during June through September 2017. This program encourages larger commercial and industrial customers to shift their energy use away from the high peak demand periods between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Water Conservation

  • At LAX, total potable water consumption per passenger saw a 2 percent decrease from 5.6 gallons/passenger in 2017 to 5.5 gallons of potable water /passenger in 2018.
  • Reclaimed water accounted for approximately 5.5 percent of the total water consumed at LAX (potable + reclaimed) in 2018.

Air Quality

  • LAWA approved the purchase of 20 electric airfield buses for LAX.
  • In 2018, the FlyAway® Program‘s ridership increased 1.6%, exceeding 1.9 million passengers.
  • LAWA was recognized by the South Coast Air Quality Management District for its leadership in air quality stewardship. The award recognized LAWA as a “Business Leader in Air Quality”.  LAWA is putting initiatives in place to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.

Material Resources Management

  • The LAX Harvest Food Donation Program began in 2012 and is a partnership between LAX and concessionaires HMS Host and Hudson Group. Through this award-winning program, LAX supports the donation of unsold, ready-to-eat food items from passenger terminals. In 2018, participants in the program donated 82,100 individual items, totaling 37,229 pounds, of high-quality, unsold grab-and-go food to three local charities.
  • New water bottle filling stations at LAX’s Terminal 2 ensured that every terminal at LAX has a water refilling station.
  • Through the L.A. Zoo Partnership program, LAX sends approximately 47 tons of materials harvested annually from the LAX Dunes, to feed the animals at the zoo.

Sustainable Construction Practices

  • The Los Angeles Sustainability Coalition awarded LAWA (Los Angeles World Airports) the 2018 Public Agency of the Year Award for its efforts in developing the Automated People Mover (APM), which will encourage travellers to take public transportation to LAX by establishing direct connection to LA Metro’s light rail system.
  • TERMINAL 1 MODERNISATION: A renovation project of a 346,000-square foot facility, in which all building systems (including heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), electrical, gas, water, and waste) were upgraded to meet CAL Green Tier 1 requirements. Using or repurposing recycled materials is a special focus of this project. For example, old fisherman’s nets were upcycled to be used as carpet for the Terminal Hold Room. Completed in 2018
  • TERMINAL 1.5: The construction of a new 300,000-square feet facility between Terminals 1 and 2, this is the New Passenger Processing Building for Southwest Airlines. This building project is on track to achieve CAL Green Tier 1 and meet LEED® Silver requirements. Sustainable design elements for this building include water-saving fixtures, efficient HVAC systems, and light emitting diode (LED) lighting with lighting controls. Anticipated completion by 2020
  • MIDFIELD SATELLITE CONCOURSE: Construction of the new Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) is on track to incorporate several sustainability initiatives and meet LEED® Silver requirements and Tier 1 compliance standards. Sustainability features include cool roof materials, low-flow
  • water fixtures, “LA-centric” concessions and retail offerings, and recycling of over 75 percent of construction waste. Anticipated completion by 2020
  • TERMINAL 7 & 8 REDEVELOPMENT: This project includes a new security screening area, renovated gates, and baggage claim areas. The improvements project incorporated sustainable construction practices in line with CAL Green Tier 1 compliance standards. Sustainable elements included a cool roof, low-flow water fixtures, and the replacement of existing aging mechanical systems with more energy-efficient systems. Completed in 2018


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