FAA awards grant to Portland International Airport to for reducing carbon pollution
Washington, July 31, 2014 (STAT):- US Federal Aviation Administration(FAA) has desgined a scheme, Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) to reduce sources of carbon emissions within airports. Under this scheme, FAA has sanctioned USD 331,653 to Portland International Airport to enable the Port to buy six compressed natural gas buses to transport passengers and employees from the terminal to parking and rental car facilities. The grant will provide funds to purchase six compressed natural gas buses that transport airport passengers and employees from the terminal to parking and rental car facilities. This project is part of the airport's program to minimize vehicle emissions within the airport footprint. “Today’s announcement supports President Obama’s efforts to reduce carbon pollution and increase the deployment of cleaner, alternative fuel technologies.” said Anthony Foxx, Secretary, U.S.Transportation. “It complements broad efforts across the FAA to expand the development and use of new technologies for aviation fuels that will benefit human health and the environment,” he added “We applaud Portland International Airport’s efforts to become a better steward of the environment,” FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta said. “This project will allow the airport to realize immediate emission-reduction benefits for the airport and surrounding communities.” Through VALE, airports have reduced ozone emissions by approximately 466 tons per year, which is equivalent to removing 26,000 cars and trucks from the road annually. Since 2005, the FAA has funded 67 VALE projects at 34 airports, which represents a total investment of $167 million in clean airport technology. That amount includes $133 million in federal grants and $34 million in local airport matching funds.