FAA invests $90m into US airports’ net zero aims

Monday, July 17, 2023


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is putting over $90m into airports across the US to support the industry’s goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.

Prescott Regional Airport in Arizona will work on a plan to transition to unleaded fuel, matching a plan to eliminate leaded aviation fuels in piston-engine aircraft by 2030.

Associate administrator for airports at the FAA Shannetta R. Griffin stated that need to help airports transition their operations as quickly as possible to renewable power. Their investments keep them on track for the net-zero goal.

Additionally, the biggest electric transportation grant will go to Portland International Airport in Oregon, which will receive $16m to construct zero emissions vehicle infrastructure.

Other airports that will receive funding cover the states of Texas, Iowa, Nevada, California, Utah, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Missouri, Michigan, Arkansas and Montana.

The grants form part of a series of funding from the FAA as part of its 2021 Aviation Climate Action Plan, which set the 2050 target for net-zero emissions and has so far led to the awarding of $462m to US airports and universities working on sustainable technology.

Additionally, earlier this year US airports received a boost from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law which saw the FAA provide nearly $1bn in funding to help airports cope with increased traffic.

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