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San Diego International Earns Environmental Award for Renewable Diesel Program

San Diego International Airport (SAN) has been selected as the 2023 Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) Environmental Achievement Award winner in the Mitigation Award Category. The airport’s renewable diesel program earned San Diego International the environmental accolade from the airport association.

The award was presented on October 2 at the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) and Environmental Achievement Awards Ceremony during the ACI-NA Annual Conference in Long Beach, CA.

San Diego International’s Renewable Diesel Program

In a recent initiative, SAN has implemented renewable diesel fuel for all non-road diesel vehicles and equipment operating on the airside. This program has received praise from the ACI-NA judging panel, commending it as an effective solution to reduce emissions while awaiting the wider availability of electricity technologies.

“We sincerely appreciate this recognition for our renewable diesel project,” said Kimberly Becker, President/CEO of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. “With the cooperation of our airline fuel consortium and Menzies Aviation on this initiative, the total percentage of alternative fuel vehicles and equipment at SAN (including electric, propane, and renewable diesel) is now 64 percent, greatly reducing our total carbon footprint.”

“SAN Fuel Company is proud to partner with San Diego County Regional Airport Authority to bring renewable diesel to SAN,” said Scott Carrington, Fuel Category Manager at Southwest Airlines and Chair of the SAN Fuel Company. “This partnership is a great example of collaboration between the airport and its airline business partners and it provides a model for others to replicate.”

Renewable Diesel Reduces Emissions By Up To 75%

Renewable diesel is a sustainable fuel that reduces fuel emissions by up to 75 percent compared to petroleum diesel. It is made using vegetable oil, animal fats, and agricultural waste that would otherwise be in a landfill. At the airport, it powers all airside (non-road) diesel equipment. This “drop-in” fuel can be stored using standard fuel-supply infrastructure and requires no modifications to equipment.

San Diego International Airport's sustainable diesel infographic.

About San Diego International Airport (SAN)

San Diego International Airport (SAN) is one of the busiest single-runway commercial service airports worldwide, and it ranks as the third busiest airport in California. The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority (Airport Authority) owns and operates the airport. SAN connects San Diego to the world and contributes nearly $12 billion in economic activity to the region. In November 2021, the Airport Authority commenced constructing the New T1 project, which involves replacing the current Terminal 1, improving the airfield, enhancing transportation connectivity to the airport, and constructing a new administration building. The total budget for the New T1 project is $3.4 billion. San Diego expects it will create between 15,000 to 20,000 construction-related jobs. To learn more about the New T1, visit For further information about SAN, visit

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