Airport clean vehicle funding now available
A settlement has been reached between the US Environmental Protection Agency and Volkswagen regarding the sale of approximately 500,000 motor vehicles containing engines equipped with computer software designed to cheat on federal emissions tests. A $4.7 billion portion of the overall $14.7 billion settlement has been set aside:
- $2.7 billion to establish and fund an Environmental Mitigation Trust
- $2 billion to invest in zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) initiatives
C&S’s initial research is that this funding can potentially be used by airports and/or airlines to replace diesel emission sources with cleaner technology to reduce oxides of nitrogen and other pollutants. The settlement specifically identifies airport ground support equipment (GSE), shuttle buses, and light-duty power supply equipment as eligible emission mitigation actions. Projects undertaken by government entities can potentially receive 100% reimbursement for the equipment, including installation and charging infrastructure. Non-governmental entities may receive up to 75% reimbursement, depending on the project. Eligible vehicles under the ZEV initiative include battery electric vehicles, fuel cell vehicles, and on-road plug-in hybrids with a zero emission range of greater than 35 miles.The Environmental Mitigation Trust is expected to become effective in the first half of 2017. States must apply for the funds and create a mitigation plan summarizing the intended use of its allocation, expected benefits, and public outreach. Funding of projects will be designated to each state. We recommend that airports and airlines interested in this funding begin a dialogue with state planning and/or regulatory agencies. C&S can assist you in identifying projects, determining anticipated emission reductions, and coordinating with regulatory agencies.
Detailed guidance and deadlines have yet to be established and may differ among individual states. C&S is continuing to research funding eligibility, availability, and requirements and will provide periodic updates to our clients.
If you have any questions, please contact:
John Trendowski, P.E., LEED AP
Ralph Redman, ENV SP