Salt Lake City has set aggressive carbon and pollution reduction goals as part of its Climate Positive SLC initiative. Climate Positive SLC commits to achieve 100 percent renewable energy for community electricity by 2030 as well as an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.
As a department of the City, the Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) plays an important role in helping achieve these milestones. The airport contributes in many ways.
The airport joined Rocky Mountain Power's Subscriber Solar program by subscribing 12 utility meters and reserving 858 blocks on the 20-megawatt solar plant being built in Millard County, Utah, to offset out electricity usage. This equates to 2,059,200 kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean energy or approximately 4 percent of the airport's total energy use.
Energy use at the airport is on the decline, with a goal to reduce use by 10 percent by 2020. For example, the airport's LED lighting upgrades, including the parking garage, terminal roadways and supportive facilities, save 1.3 million kWh of energy each year.
Alternative Fuel Vehicles
SLC operates 82 alternative fuel vehicles, including electric, hybrid, biofuel and compressed natural gas (CNG).
CNG makes up approximately 60 percent of the airport's total fuel use and 67 percent of miles primarily in employee and economy lot shuttle buses and trucks. Natural gas usage at the airport has steadily improved, with a 3 percent increase in 2018 from the previous year.
The New SLC
The New SLC will replace the airport's outdated facilities with a higher efficiency, energy saving infrastructure. The building will be LEED Gold certified with a LEED Energy Model. Plans call for a 30 percent overall energy reduction, as well as a photovoltaic array, centralized pre-conditioned air and charging stations for electric vehicles.
SLC considers environmental stewardship and fiscal responsibility as integral parts of airport activities and has demonstrated its commitment to improving and preserving natural and social environments through continuously developing and implementing new sustainability strategies. SLC Sustainability measures success by the airport's economic, environmental and social well-being.
A comprehensive list of the airport's sustainability efforts can be viewed on the SLC Airport Sustainability Dashboard.
Click here to read SLC's 2015 Sustainability Management Plan.