VALE awards from FAA help airports save fuel, cut emissions
On Monday, Deputy Transportation Secretary John Porcari wrote about the Federal Aviation Administration's commitment to modernizing our national airspace through NextGen.
Furthering DOT's commitment to make air travel more efficient and environmentally friendly, the FAA awarded $17 million in grants yesterday to eight airports around the country who will use the funds to reduce conventional fuel use and improve air quality.
The grants, awarded through the FAA’s Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) program, will help airports from Seattle to Syracuse purchase equipment that allows aircraft to shut off their auxiliary power units while parked at the gate. With these funds, they will soon be able to connect to a cleaner central heating and cooling system, saving fuel and reducing emissions.
DOT encourages airlines and airports to find creative ways to reduce aviation’s impact on the environment, and we’re grateful to the eight airports that were awarded VALE grants for their promising initiatives.
Created by the FAA in 2004 to help airports meet their air quality responsibilities under the Clean Air Act, VALE is designed to reduce all sources of airport ground emissions in areas with poor air quality. Through VALE, airports can acquire low-emission vehicles, refueling and recharging stations, gate electrification, and other airport air quality improvements.
Since 2005, the FAA has funded 56 VALE projects at 33 airports, investing $129 million in clean airport technology, with an additional $32 million in local airport matching funds.
Thanks to VALE grants, airports have reduced ozone emissions by approximately 370 tons per year – that's the equivalent of removing 20,604 cars and trucks off our roads annually.
Supporting airports that are investing in more sustainable operations and reduced fuel costs is one more way DOT is working to advance President’s Obama’s environmental goals. Between the VALE program and NextGen technologies, we're making a difference in the fight to reduce aviation's carbon footprint.