DFW takes its responsibility to the planet seriously. DFW maintains robust programs to foster the sustainable use of natural resources, the efficient use of energy and the prevention of pollution.
DFW's Airport practices include:Environmental Management System (EMS)
Environmental management systems are used by organizations around the world to integrate environmental considerations into day-to-day business decisions. An EMS encompasses all the policies and procedures for maintaining sound environmental policies. DFW's EMS
focuses on regulatory compliance and sustaining environmental excellence throughout the Airport.
Environmental Management Policy
DFW is committed to the principles of sustainability and assuring environmental compliance Airport-wide in furtherance of DFW’s declared environmental policy
of fostering sustainable economic growth and development. Our EMS excellence flows from and is empowered by an environmental policy which addresses DFW’s commitment to pollution prevention, source reduction, waste minimization, and continuous improvement. The Board is committed to the continued development of environmental policies and programs that exceed required levels of compliance by optimizing the use of Airport resources. DFW’s goal is to continue to lead the air transportation industry by establishing and implementing programs that involve proactive environmental planning and vigilant airport operations program management as well as to reduce DFW’s environmental footprint to the maximum extent practicable.Air Emission Reductions
Air quality is one of the most difficult environmental issues facing the North Texas region. DFW is committed to reducing its air emissions to improve air quality. The Airport's emission reduction strategies include reducing mobile and stationary sources of emissions, using renewable sources of energy and increasing energy efficiency. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
DFW has aggressively promoted energy efficiency as a fundamental business strategy since its opening. At DFW, energy efficiency is based on three fundamental practices:
- energy efficient operations and maintenance (O&M) practices
- retrofitting old or energy inefficient facilities when economically and technically feasible
- incorporating energy efficient techniques into new construction
Recycling, Reuse and Waste Reduction
DFW has implemented a variety of programs to sort materials from its waste streams that can be recycled or reused to reduce the amount of waste generated on the Airport. DFW continues to expand its recycling programs and excavated soil, concrete debris and roof insulation all have been reused in major construction projects reducing the amount of waste disposal and new materials required.
DFW's state-of-the-art reverse osmosis treatment plant reduces the amount of waste generated from aircraft deicing operations by more than 90 percent. The Airport is proud of the recycling, reuse and reduction efforts of our employees and business partners and continues to look for new and innovative ways to expand the programs and make them more accessible.
DFW and its partners have implemented many programs to promote cleaner transportation. The Airport's fleet of clean vehicles averts an estimated 557 tons of nitrous oxide emissions from the atmosphere which are a precursor to Ozone formation.
Centralized bussing operations reduce the number of vehicles on the Airport while improvements at the Parking Control Plazas reduce delays and vehicle idling. In addition, DFW partners with airlines and the FAA to deploy zero-emission ground service equipment and to implement more efficient air traffic technologies and procedures. The end result improves the quality of life for the communities around the Airport and the bottom line for our business partners.