Boston Logan creates plan to reduce environmental impact

Date: May 4, 2015 | Category:

Boston's Logan International Airport has been a front-runner in the climate-change movement since the late 1990s, when it began making efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. According to the Boston Globe, the airport is set to make some major changes to lessen its energy consumption and carbon emissions.

Logan plans to cut its energy consumption by 25 percent and carbon emission by 40 percent of what its used in 2012, all by the year 2020. Airport officials told the Globe that they also are making moves to eliminate waste and water use while increasing the amount of recycling they partake in. 

Locally, the airport hopes to concentrate on keeping its runways above sea level. With the rising waters caused by global climate change, Logan may be in for some trouble as storms surge and the seas moving closer to land.

Officials say they will spend $9 million between 2015 and 2020 to create barriers and flood doors, procure portable pumps and also provide some coastal management to protect the airport and surrounding area. They are set to spent millions more in 10 years to move their equipment and upgrade all systems to be able to handle major storms.