The City of Philadelphia Department of Aviation has received a $220,800 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to support its Net Zero Decarbonization Plan. The grant is part of the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP) Supplemental Discretionary Grant and aligns with the FAA’s Airports Climate Challenge program.
The Department of Aviation plans to use the grant to further its efforts in becoming a more efficient and sustainable operation, aiming to minimize the carbon footprint of Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). CEO Atif Saeed stated that the airport has set the ambitious goal of achieving Net Zero Carbon by 2050. This involves reducing and offsetting greenhouse gas emissions through innovative programs.
PHL has already made significant progress in its sustainability efforts. The airport has developed a Sustainability Management Plan (SMP) that provides goals, targets, and strategies for the airport’s sustainability program. Additionally, PHL has implemented a clean fleet program to convert airport vehicles and shuttles to electric vehicles and has conducted a comprehensive solar feasibility study to explore opportunities for generating solar power.
These efforts have not gone unnoticed, as PHL recently achieved Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) at Level 1 in 2021 and advanced to Level 2 in 2022. This accreditation recognizes the airport’s commitment to carbon management and reduction. PHL has conducted greenhouse gas emission inventories, set targets for emission reductions, and demonstrated real emission reductions.
The Net Zero Decarbonization Plan will serve as a roadmap for PHL to eliminate or offset all fossil fuel emissions produced by airport operations and achieve carbon neutrality. The plan will focus on energy-efficient upgrades, renewable energy generation, and the usage of alternative fuels. It aims to provide clear strategies and metrics for achieving a carbon-neutral future for PHL.
The grant from the FAA will support the Department of Aviation’s ongoing work in sustainability and contribute to achieving the airport’s ambitious carbon reduction goals. The recognition and support from the FAA are appreciated by the department as they continue to prioritize sustainability and aim to become a more environmentally-friendly airport.