Partnering to Reduce an Airport's Emissions Footprint
Location: Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
The Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority retained LeighFisher to provide aviation consulting services in preparing state and federal low emission grant applications that would reduce Airport-related emissions through the electrification of vehicles and equipment at Lehigh Valley International Airport. LeighFisher prepared a Pennsylvania Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant (AFIG) application for funding to assist the Authority with the purchase of electric ground support equipment (eGSE), pre-conditioned air (PCA) units for passenger loading bridges, and hybrid fleet vehicles. With experience in airport environmental and sustainability planning, LeighFisher also prepared three FAA Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) Program grant applications for grant funding that will complement AFIG funding for the purchase of eGSE, PCA, and hybrid vehicles.
The intended results of securing AFIG and VALE funding were to (1) reduce Airport-related emissions from conventionally-fueled vehicles, aircraft, and equipment; (2) reduce diesel and jet fuel consumption; and (3) modernize its aging fleet of GSE and ground access vehicles.
- The federal funding grants obtained for Lehigh Valley International Airport provide funding for the purchase of hybrid vehicles, electric vehicles, and pre-conditioned air units for the passenger loading bridges
- The new equipment reduces air pollutant emissions attributed to aircraft, ground-service equipment, and other conventionally fueled vehicles
- A reduction in jet fuel and diesel fuel will be realized after the purchase of the new equipment