Logan airport introduces eco-friendly plans to tackle climate change

4 May 2015 (Last Updated May 4th, 2015 18:30)

US's Logan International Airport plans to decrease its carbon emissions, energy consumption and invest millions to protect runways and terminals from rising sea levels as part of major efforts to combat climate change.

US's Logan International Airport plans to decrease its carbon emissions, energy consumption and invest millions to protect runways and terminals from rising sea levels as part of major efforts to combat climate change.

Under the plans, the airport aims for reduction in carbon emissions by 40% and energy consumption by 25% by 2020.

It also plans to work on decreasing the amount of waste produced by passengers by 2% every year by 2030, bring down water usage by 1% annually for the next 10 years and pull up its recycling rate by 60% by the end of the decade, reported the Boston Globe.

"I think we have the wind at our back and a sense of momentum working on these issues."

Around $9m will be spent in the next five years on flood doors and barriers, coastal management and portable pumps to save the airport from flooding during major storms.

The airport will also spend on critical equipment and system upgrades to equip the airport to tackle storms.

Logan airport has succeeded in decreasing its number of flights while increasing the number of passengers. The airport received 31.6 million passengers in 2014.

CEO of the Massachusetts Port Authority that operates the airport Thomas Glynn was quoted by the Boston Globe as saying: "I think this is a full agenda. I think we have the wind at our back and a sense of momentum working on these issues."

Since 2012, Logan has also doubled its use of solar panels, wind turbines and other renewable energy sources.