John Trendowski and Ralph Redman discuss VALE grants in Airport Business magazine
C&S’s John Trendowski and Ralph Redman discuss the FAA’s Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) grants and emission reduction approaches at airports in the October 2016 issue of Airport Business magazine. Both John and Ralph have worked closely with airports across the US, including San Diego International, Seattle Tacoma International, Detroit Metropolitan-Wayne County, Columbus Regional Airport Authority, and more to write VALE applications and implement clean technologies that improve air quality.
“We see a lot more interest in terms of electrification of ground support equipment,” Trendowski said. “Ground support is kind of the next phase where you can achieve some significant emissions reductions either through electrifying or converting to some sort of alternative fuel and moving away from diesel.” “It’s starting to move down to the medium hubs in the future. Whether if goes to the small hubs it may be difficult because a lot of those have fixed base operators that work for a number of airlines. But one of the advantages out there when talking about VALE, if you’re a small hub, they’ll pay for 90 percent of the cost of the project compared to medium and large hubs where FAA is matching only 75 percent.”
“When you’re taking into account the VALE money is really dictated on what the cost effectiveness of it is, how much is FAA willing to give out versus how much emissions is being saved,” Redman said. “Those are the projects that score really high in the hierarchy of the VALE funding so of course you want to go after that.” “If you are going to use the emissions reduction credits in the future, there’s certainly a lot of follow on coordination with the local air quality district to be able to apply those.”