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Sky Harbor being recognized for reducing carbon footprint

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Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is one of 20 US airports being recognized for reducing its CO2 emissions.

“In 2014 Phoenix Sky Harbor set a goal to reduce its carbon footprint 10 percent by 2020,” said Julie Rodriguez with Sky Harbor Airport. “And Sky Harbor has already decreased its carbon footprint by more than four percent.”

That earned the valley’s largest airport accreditation from the Airports Council International.

“The way we’ve done that is by decreasing energy consumption and using renewable energy,” she said.

Some examples include replacing light fixtures in cargo areas, parking garages and some of the buildings.

“This reduces energy consumption and those LED fixtures emit less heat and then that reduces the need for air conditioning in buildings,” Rodriguez said.

They’re also upgrading HVAC cooling systems, appliances and fixtures with new, more energy-efficient technology.

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