Denver International Airport (DEN) this week outlined the initiatives it will be taking during the next five years to reduce the environmental impacts of its operations.
DEN said those plans include accelerating existing plans to permanently cease oil and gas operations at the airport by plugging the wells that have been inactive since 2018 and implementing deep energy and water retrofits across the existing airport facility, including LED lighting upgrades, heating and cooling improvements, and water reduction across DEN restrooms
The airport is also opening four sustainably designed, high-performance concourse expansion projects that are certified to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold level and will build additional solar arrays and investigate battery storage opportunities to power the airport’s growth with electricity that is low-carbon, cost-effective, reliable and resilient.
In addition, DEN is working on plans for the transition to electric vehicles and install additional charging stations for passengers, employees, transportation provider, and will improve recycling and composting infrastructure to make reducing trash easier for customers and business partners.
“DEN has always been committed to sustainability and has many great programs already in place, but we can do more,” said new DEN CEO Phil Washington. “This is part of our new Vision 100 plan to take our sustainability efforts to the next level and become one of the greenest airports in the world as we plan for 100 million annual passengers in the future.”