DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx recently awarded $24.5 million in FAA grants to 11 airports around the country to reduce emissions and improve air quality through the FAA's Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) and Zero Emissions Airport Vehicle (ZEV) programs.
VALE is designed to reduce all sources of airport ground emissions in areas that do not meet air quality standards. Through these programs, airport sponsors can use AIP funds and PFCs to help acquire refueling and recharging stations, electrified gates, low-emission vehicles, and other airport-related air quality improvements.
The ZEV program, created through the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, allows airport sponsors to use AIP funds to purchase vehicles that produce zero exhaust emissions.
The $23.4 million in VALE grants include:
Chicago O'Hare International, $2 million - to purchase and install 15 ground power units (GPUs) and pre-conditioned air (PCA) units, which will allow aircraft arriving at overnight parking positions to shut off their auxiliary power units and connect to a clean central heating and cooling system. The project will save fuel and reduce aircraft emissions on the ground.
Memphis International, $1.3 million - to purchase and install three GPUs and PCA units.
Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall, $2.5 million - to purchase and install eight GPUs and eight PCAs for passenger gates.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International, $1 million - to install 28 charging stations in Terminal four for electric ground service equipment.
Port Columbus International, OH, $2.7 million - to purchase and install 13 GPUs and 11 PCAs at passenger gates.
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International, AL $2.6 million - to purchase seven clean fuel burning vehicles and a refueling station.
Indianapolis International, $3.9 million - to purchase and install 12 GPUs and 22 stationary pole lights. The stationary pole lights will replace diesel-powered lights and will help illuminate ramp operations on the cargo apron to improve safety and reduce fossil fuel emissions.
William P. Hobby, Houston, TX, $1.6 million - to purchase and install five PCAs and GPUs for passenger gates.
Cleveland Hopkins International, $1.1 million - to install four GPUs and PCAs for passenger gates.
The $955,088 in ZEV grants include:
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, $926,789 - to purchase one electric shuttle bus for passenger service from terminal to terminal and fund infrastructure needed to charge the vehicle, including one wireless inductive charging pad and one long-term charging area.
Lambert-St. Louis International, $28,299 - to fund four electric utility carts for on-airport emergency services, and other uses.