New Mexico City International Airport seeks to be first in Latin America with zero carbon footprint

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During the presentation of the Environment and Water Master Plan for the new Mexico City International Airport, the Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources, Juan José Guerra Abud, emphasised that the construction of the building represents environmental renewal of the región latin america and will enhance the quality of life in the Mexico Valley and particularly in the east of the city.

He pointed out that the project is a global benchmark in terms of environmental and social responsibility, during both construction and operating stages, and that it will be the first Latin American airport to boast a zero carbon footprint. It is expected to obtain LEED platinum certification, which will serve to verify the many different eco-friendly features of the building.

Guerra Abud highlighted the fact that the energy used to operate the airport will be 100% renewable: the biogas generated at Cell 4 of the Bordo Poniente landfill will be used and this will be complemented by solar power. 100% of the water consumed will be treated to maximise reuse and the same will apply to all waste generated.

With respect to the recovery of vegetation, the Secretary pointed out that green areas of three thousand hectares will be created, which is four times the size of the Chapultepec Forest. The latter has a surface area 678 hectares.

The Secretary added that the integrity of biodiversity in the area will be ensured with the advisory services of a group of specialists from the Mexican College of Biologists, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO), and the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP), amongst others.