Lambert is First in US to Use Bio-Friendly De-Icing Fluid

Lambert-St Louis International Airport is the first in the United States to use a new bio-based de-icing fluid that is more environmentally-friendly and cost-effective for carriers.
Airport Terminal Services (ATS), which de-ices around 30% of STL’s commercial traffic, began using Kilfrost DFSustain Type 1 bio-propanediol for its de-icing operations in February.
Derived from a renewable and sustainable source that produces less greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional fossil-fuel based de-icing fluids, such as ethylene and propylene glycols, DFSustain is used by several international airlines, including All Nippon Airways, Air New Zealand and LATAM.
ATS installed a new Type 1 Glycol Blending System manufactured by Liquid Automation Systems at Lambert.  This allows ATS crews to customise the de-icing mix on-site based on weather conditions.  This could potentially reduce material cost, which in turn can further reduce the environmental impact.  The system is also installed in Edmonton, Calgary and Moncton.
Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge commented:  “The next generation de-icing fluid and the new de-icing blending system are perfect examples of the types of initiatives we are encouraging all of our airport partners to undertake as we accelerate our sustainability program at Lambert.  We hope and anticipate that this type of operation will grow at Lambert and be adopted at other airports in the US.”
Lambert’s sustainability programme crosses all operational platforms with a commitment to integrate economic, social and environmental aspects into new projects, existing operations and management strategies, while providing a quality service to the St Louis region.
Lambert has been a regional leader in the use of alternative fuels for more than two decades.  More than 50% of the airport’s fleet and operations vehicles run on alternative fuels (compressed natural gas and bio-diesel).  Most recently, STL introduced electric work vehicles into its fleet and offers free electric charging stations at its public parking lot operation, Super Park.
(Image:  STL)