Industry Deicing Voluntary Pollution Reduction Program


Voluntary Pollution Reduction Program

Reducing Pollution Associated with Aircraft Deicing Activities


Airlines for America (A4A), Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA), American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and Regional Airline Association (RAA) established this program to inform the public about and build on our industry’s ongoing efforts to reduce pollution associated with aircraft deicing.

Aircraft deicing is essential to protecting the health and welfare of our passengers.  Aircraft deicing fluids (ADF) are applied to aircraft in winter conditions to ensure they taxi and takeoff safely.

Our industry has devoted a tremendous amount of effort and invested heavily to greatly reduce any water quality impact from ADF. As the industry’s principal trade associations, we have designed the Voluntary Pollution Reduction Program to build on this success. We will be documenting the adoption of the array of pollution reduction technologies across the industry, assessing the environmental benefits of those technologies and encouraging the development of new technologies. Our core commitment under the Program is to develop a national pollution reduction goal reflecting technology adoption and report on the industry’s progress towards that goal.

The first major step in the program came when the Program Partners issued their Initial Report in November 2012.   That report identified a group of airports (referred to as the “Defined Set of Airports”) – and the airlines that serve them – which together represent approximately 80 percent of national ADF usage.  The Program Partners completed the second major step under the Program in March 2015, issuing the Phase I Report, which identified BOD (Biological Oxygen Demand) Management Capacity as the metric the Program Partners will use to establish their pollution reduction goal and measure progress towards that goal.  The Program Partners reached the most recent major program milestone with issuance of the Supplement to Phase I Report.  In this latest report the Program Partners describe the methodology for quantifying BOD Management Capacity as an index value and set 20% improvement in the index value during the Program Period (2005-2017) as the Program Goal. 

Major Program Milestones:

More detailed information and explanations can be found here:

For more information on the Voluntary Pollution Reduction Program, please contact Melinda Pagliarello, Director, Environmental Affairs at