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AUS buys 999 metric tons of carbon offsets

Thursday, August 15, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reaffirming its “commitment to sustainability,” Austin-Bergstrom International Airport – now super-officially known as AUS – announced the purchase of 999 metric tons of carbon offsets Wednesday. According to a press release about the purchase, that “equates to about one third of the airport’s total carbon footprint for the year. According to the program, that’s roughly the equivalent CO2 emissions of 6.4 million passenger miles or the annual electricity use of 150 homes. These particular credits will help fund the use of waste gas and the capturing of methane at the Rio Grande Valley Landfill Gas Project.” The airport has used 100 percent renewable electricity since 2012, employing electrical power generated by wind turbines in its buildings and to power airport support vehicles. Those inspired by AUS’ choices are invited to participate in the Good Traveler program, in which travelers can purchase their very own carbon offsets.

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