Dallas Fort Worth International Airport is receiving $35 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help fund the second phase of its electric Central Utilities Plant and energy enhancements at Terminal D.
The funding comes via the Airport Terminal Program of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The two initiatives are part of DFW Airport’s commitment to achieving Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2030.
‘eCUP’ will run on 100% renewable electricity
The electric Central Utilities Plant (eCUP) will receive $10 million from this grant. Last year, the eCUP received $35 million in funding through the Infrastructure and Investment Jobs Act. The eCUP will provide additional heating and cooling capacity to support the future growth of DFW, including the Central Terminal Area. Also, the eCUP will run on 100% renewable electricity and significantly reduce overall airport emissions.
Terminal D will get modern systems including smart glass
The airport said that the energy enhancements to Terminal D will replace aging critical infrastructure with modern systems.
This plan includes adding sensors, smart glass, high-efficiency HVAC, eco-friendly roofing, and passenger boarding bridges with advanced controls for use in DFW’s digital twin program.
The improvements will improve energy efficiency significantly and reduce oxides of nitrogen emissions to improve local air quality.
The project also will enhance the customer experience at Terminal D by providing a cleaner, more comfortable environment, DFW said. The airport has installed smart glass in other terminals and successfully maintained a comfortable temperature while reducing energy consumption. The improvements project will receive $25 million.
Aiming to be carbon net zero by 2030
DFW Airport is the world’s largest and North America’s first carbon-neutral airport. Environmental sustainability is an integral part of how the airport operates and functions, and it is committed to taking steps to mitigate its impact on the environment.
The airport said it has committed to being carbon net zero by 2030—some 20 years ahead of the industry goal of 2050.
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