The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its LEED in Motion: Transportation report, which focuses on industry growth in the green building sector for transportation facilities like airport terminal buildings, train stations, bus centers, seaports, light rail stations, control towers and more.
“Transportation facilities often have high operating costs, water and energy usage and waste, making their impact on our daily lives and the environment immense,” said USGBC President and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam. “By implementing LEED green building strategies, these high intensity buildings become efficient, cost-effective and sustainable transportation facilities that have a significant positive impact on our economy, environment, wellbeing and productivity. As this sector continues to grow, strengthening its green footprint is imperative to ensure a sustainable future for all.”
Transportation is one of the biggest drivers of CO2 emissions and also has the highest growth in CO2 emissions of any industry sector. Globally, in 2010, the transportation sector accounted for approximately 14 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions—fourth only to the agriculture, electricity, and industrial sectors. In the U.S., transportation accounted for 27 per cent of total greenhouse gas emissions in 2015—second only to electricity production.
The International Air Transport Association expects 7.2 billion passengers to fly in the year 2035—almost double the amount of air passengers that traveled in 2016 (around 3.5 billion). As the number of visitors to transportation facilities continues to grow, the potential human, economic and environmental benefits of building LEED-certified transportation facilities are significant. Currently, there are airport projects registered and certified in nearly all 50 U.S. states and in more than 40 countries and territories around the world – totaling more than 201.4 million square feet of space.
The LEED in Motion: Transportation report highlights how LEED practices and strategies are flexible, easy to implement, generate impressive results and can be integrated throughout a building’s life cycle, leading to high performance in human and environmental health.
The study is the latest in a series of reports from USGBC designed to provide a holistic snapshot of the green building movement in international markets.