FAA awards environmental VALE, ZEV grants to 9 US airports

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded USD33.7 million in grants to nine airports around the country to reduce emissions and improve air quality through the FAAs Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) and Zero Emissions Airport Vehicle (ZEV) programs, the administration said.

These grants represent the US Department of Transportation´s continued commitment to reduce greenhouse emissions and work with airports and communities to provide healthier air quality for all Americans.

The VALE program supports the objectives of President Obama´s climate action plan, which builds on efforts to address climate change and support clean energy innovation.

VALE is designed to reduce all sources of airport ground emissions in areas that do not meet air quality standards. 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 FAA is awarding USD31.1 million in VALE grants to Chicago O´Hare International, Memphis International, George Bush Intercontinental Airport Houston, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Portland International Airport, San Francisco International Airport and Boise Airport. Indianapolis International was awarded a ZEV grant.

Through VALE, airports are reducing ozone emissions by approximately 840 tons per year, which is equivalent to removing about 46,912 cars and trucks from the road annually.

The Airport Improvement Program (AIP) provides more than USD3 billion in annual funding for projects that are vital to maintaining the safety, security, capacity, efficiency, and environmental stewardship of the nations airports.