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Portland is building a new sustainable airport terminal with timber

Portland is constructing a new airport terminal using sustainably sourced wood, a significant step towards reducing the aviation industry's carbon footprint. The terminal's roof utilizes 35,000 square meters of timber, all procured from within a 1,000-kilometer radius. Half of this timber originates from 13 small or tribal landowners in the region, including the Yakama Nation and the Coquille Indian Tribe. Each piece of wood can be traced back to its source, ensuring transparency and sustainability throughout the supply chain.

Impact of Portland's new sustainable airport terminal

The terminal expansion, designed by ZGF Architects on behalf of the Port of Portland, is scheduled for completion in 2025. By employing wood and salvaged materials, the project aims to reduce the main terminal building's carbon footprint by half. Additionally, a ground-source heat pump system will supply 95% fossil fuel-free heating to the entire airport.

Decarbonizing aviation industry

The aviation sector has set a goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050. The World Economic Forum's Airports of Tomorrow initiative plays a crucial role in supporting this objective by addressing energy, infrastructure, and financing challenges.

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