Feb 28, 2023 - News

DFW to get more federal money to reduce emissions

A welcome sign at DFW airport, and a phone for reasons that are not clear

It's not clear if the old welcome signs will also soon be powered by wind. Photo: HUM Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

DFW Airport has been awarded another $35 million from the federal infrastructure bill to go toward the airport's goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2030.

Why it matters: The grant announced yesterday will chip away at the estimated $158 million cost of building a new central utility plant to transition the airport from natural gas reliance to renewable wind energy produced in the state.

  • The change is the "single biggest item" to help the airport reach its emission-cutting goal, DFW Airport executive vice president of operations Chris McLaughlin said last year.

Flashback: DFW received a $35 million grant last year for terminal improvements and replacing the airport's aging steam pipe heating and cooling system.

State of play: The U.S. aviation industry is working to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

  • About 11% of U.S. transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions come from aviation, according to the White House.

Of note: In 2019, DFW Airport became the first large airport in the world to achieve carbon neutrality.

  • The net-zero goal takes that achievement a step further by reducing gas emissions without buying carbon offset credits.

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