LGB is committed to being an aviation industry leader in environmental sustainability. The Airport employs a multipronged approach in order to reduce emissions from planes and service vehicles. LGB utilizes the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards to reduce waste in its construction projects.
Our new parking structure will bring all parking within walking distance of the terminal. This eliminates the need for our satellite Lot D as well as the shuttles used to serve Lot D, thereby reducing emissions.
Solar Panel Installation
The solar panel project consists of the installation of photovoltaic (solar) panels at various locations at the Airport. Solar panels will be installed on the existing baggage claim canopies, the top level of the Lot A parking garage, as well as the roof of the new parking structure upon its completion. New solar arrays will download power to the Airport’s electrical grid, offsetting electrical usage tremendously.
Reducing Water Consumption
The historic terminal modernization project entails equipping all bathrooms with low-flow toilets and waterless urinals. Additionally, LGB and its tenants employ dozens of structural and nonstructural stormwater pollution prevention best management practices including:
• Prohibiting aircraft-washing where wash water can enter the storm drain system
• Utilizing certified wash racks that divert wash water into the sanitary sewer
• Promoting dry-washing of aircraft and vehicles to eliminate the possibility of contaminated runoff
• Installing bio-filters and water clarifiers that remove oils, fuel, bacteria and some sediments in high traffic storm drain areas
• Providing free video training and informational resources for airport tenants
• Performing storm water sampling and testing
• Conducting over ninety percent of industrial activity indoors
• Requiring indoor or covered materials storage
• Retaining grassy areas wherever possible
• Curtailing irrigation through winter months and using drought-resistant landscaping
Reducing Air Carrier Ramp Emissions
Improvements to the air carrier ramp consist of the installation of preconditioned air and electrical power at each aircraft parking position. These additions will allow pilots to shut off auxiliary power units while waiting at the gate, which will reduce aircraft and ground vehicle emissions.
Converting to electric ground service vehicles and plane tugs has helped reduce commercial ramp emissions. In the past, our service vehicles were all diesel powered. We currently have five electric charging stations and our airlines have purchased 25 electric vehicles. Additional charging stations will be installed as part of the Airport Modernization Plan.
Ground Loading Passengers
All of our passengers enter and exit planes via manually moved staircases and ramps rather than loading bridges commonly found at other airports; this reduces cost and electricity usage.
LED Taxiway Lights
The Airport is in the process of converting all taxiway lights to LEDs. LEDs are brighter than regular light bulbs and have a longer lifespan — an estimated seven to 10 years as opposed to one year for incandescent bulbs.
Long Beach Airport charges into the Future
Installation of electric-charging infrastructure allows airlines to switch much of their fossil-fuel burning tugs and baggage loaders to zero emission electric models.
These special “fast-charging” ground service equipment (GSE) charging stations effectively reduce the normal charge time of battery-powered equipment to about 20-25% of the normal charge time without damaging the equipment’s battery. This reduction allows GSE to perform their duties more efficiently and achieve the same duty cycle as internal combustion equipment in the same capacity.
In addition to reduced carbon emissions, the electric GSE reduce noise in the terminal ramp area, promote alternative fuel use and conserve energy.
Status Update on Airport Sustainability
In collaboration with a consultant team well-versed in all aspects of sustainability, a Sustainability Plan Outline has been completed. This document will serve as a planning document and is complimentary to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) on airport sustainability expected to be released in January 2019. To view the Sustainability Plan Outline, please click here.