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MSP carbon reduction program recertified for its 2019 efforts

The Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) program recently recertified the carbon emissions reduction program at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), measuring cuts accomplished at MSP in 2019.

The worldwide ACA program encourages airports to develop plans to reduce their carbon footprint and recognizes achievements through various certification levels.

MSP was renewed as a Level 2 airport in the latest study, which did not include 2020 because of the pandemic and accompanying drops in activity at airports. MSP's 2019 emissions were compared with the average of the three years prior, showing a 5 percent year-over-year reduction.

"The reductions in 2019 are part of a campus-wide effort to cut emissions, and we're thankful to all airport staff and our business partners for helping move toward our larger goal," said Christene Sirois Kron, manager of the Metropolitan Airports Commission's Sustainability program.

Maintaining Level 2 status is key to the MAC's 2030 target of reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent, which also included the development of a Carbon Management Plan and a 2030 Emissions Reduction Roadmap.