The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is providing more than 35 35 million in grants to help US airports reduce their pollution. Gas-burning vehicles that emit passengers and their luggage around airports and other equipment on the ground that degrade air quality and exacerbate climate crises. Electrifying these tasks can make travel at least a little more sustainable, while the technology to clean up air pollution is still new.
9 5.9 million will go to “zero emissions” vehicles and charging infrastructure. North Carolina’s Charlotte / Douglas International Airport will receive the largest share of the change: 3. 3.9 million for five electric shuttle buses. New electric vehicles will also be available at three other airports in California, Indiana and Ohio.
14.5 million has been allocated for electric ramp devices that serve aircraft between flights and systems that keep aircraft cool and provide power when their engines are not running. Pittsburgh International Airport, for example, will receive 4.6 million for 18 new units that pump temperature-controlled air into aircraft when their air conditioning systems are turned off.
Louisville, Kentucky’s Muhammad Ali International Airport will receive a 10.6 million grant for a new geothermal system to heat and cool its terminal building. According to the FAA, the system will replace gas-fired boilers, and reduce pollution such as soot, smog and carbon monoxide.
The Biden administration has set a broad goal of making the country’s power sector carbon-free by 2035. Achieving this goal will be the key to eliminating environmental pollution in the United States, which ranks second in the world. This will be especially important as the transportation industry turns to electric vehicles to reduce emissions at airports and on roads. Biden announced this month that he wants half of the new cars sold in the United States to be either hybrid or all-electric by 2030.
Some of the FAA’s funding comes from the 1. 1.9 trillion stimulus package approved in March. Even more cash could soon flow into airports. The bilateral infrastructure package makes its way through Congress, which includes 25 25 billion over five years for the country’s aviation infrastructure. The bill will help handle backlog maintenance and maintenance of airports and introduce new technologies to reduce pollution.
Separately, the FAA also announced today that it has allocated more than 22 22 million in grants to make airports more accessible to people with disabilities. North Carolina’s Wilmington International Airport plans to spend 16 16.4 million to expand its terminal with more gate seating, retail and restaurant space, and TSA screening areas that are ADA accessible. Fort Wayne International Airport will receive 6. 6.1 million to expand its terminal and purchase “hearing loop” technology that sends gate announcements directly to compatible hearing aids.