The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded eight airports $17 million in grants for projects that improve air quality emissions.
The grants are through the agency’s voluntary airport low emission (VALE) programme and largely focus on projects that allow aircraft to shut-off auxiliary power units and connect directly to central heating and cooling systems, according to the FAA.
Boston Logan International received $2 million and Seattle Tacoma International $2.55 million in VALE grants for low-emission airport equipment, including pre-conditioned air units. Other recipients include airports in Albuquerque, Atlanta, Birmingham (Alabama), Oakland and Syracuse.
“The FAA encourages airlines and airports to find creative ways to reduce aviation’s impact on the environment,” says FAA Administrator Michael Huerta in a statement. “We applaud these airports for their efforts to make their facilities environmentally friendly members of the community.”
Seattle Tacoma airport began using its centralised pre-conditioned air plant for gates on concourses A and B, as well as its south satellite, in August. The service is expected to reduce emissions by 40,000t annually.