The Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) has awarded Miami International Airport its 2017 Environmental Achievement Award in the Environmental Management category. Presented at ACI-NA’s 2017 Airports@Work Conference in Las Vegas, the award is for MIA’s Sustainability Project which it started Aug 2015 with Florida Power & Light Services (FPLS).
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez said “This national award is well-deserved recognition for one of the largest projects Miami-Dade County has ever undertaken to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint.” He added “The cost savings and energy conservation from this project is providing huge benefits to our airport tenants, passengers, and the environment as a whole.”
A total of $32 million has been spent till date under the Sustainability Project. The airport has upgraded its air conditioning and ventilation and installed energy-efficient lighting, water conservation retrofits, and other innovations. The project is expected to save MIA over 35 million KW/ year and $40 million in utility costs during the 14-year contract with FPLS. There will be an annual reduction in carbon emissions equivalent of 5,110 automobiles.