LAX to 'FastTrack' its Carbon Footprint

LOS ANGELES, CA — Less than a week after unveiling its new Greenhouse Gas FastTrack program, Enviance announced one of the program's first high-profile customers: Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA).

LAWA, a city department, operates three of the region's busiest traveling hubs: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), L.A./Ontario International Airport (ONT) and Van Nuys Airport (VNY). The FastTrack program will allow new facilities to begin monitoring and reporting emissions in less than 60 days.

LAWA is an existing Enviance customer, using the enterprise resource planning software to build a compliance calendar to help it meet changing environmental regulations, namely the EPA's mandatory reporting rule that went into effect in January. According to Business Week, only LAX will report its emissions to the EPA; emissions from the other two ariports fall below the reporting threshold.

"LAWA and its network of airports have the same complex emissions requirements and reporting challenges as a medium-sized city," Nigel Nugent, Enviance's vice president of sales, said in a statement Thursday.

LAWA is part of a growing wave of airports trying to make their operations environmentally friendly. For example, the Mineta San Jose International Airport's $1 billion expansion project includes a range of environmentally friendly features, including energy efficiency software for its HVAC system and an upgrade of its chillers.

The George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston received $8.8 million in grants to replace its gas-powered steam energy system, expected to slash emissions at the facility by 60 percent.

At the same time, the Portland International Airport is experimenting with innovative ways to trim waste, while San Francisco International Airport is offering carbon offsets to passengers interested in neutralizing their travel.

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