The Green Airports Initiative is a public-private sector partnership to promote energy efficiency, alternative fuels and recycling options that may be shared with airport staff and other aviation personnel in South Carolina.
Why the new focus on airports? One major reason is air quality. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone, nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter are about to become stricter than ever. While air quality is actually improving in South Carolina, meeting these standards is becoming more difficult. Airports in nonattainment areas may be subject to a federal review known as General Conformity prior to certain construction activities. Mobile sources, both on-road (cars, trucks, etc.) and off-road (highway grading equipment, airport ground service equipment) are important factors in helping South Carolina to meet the standards and avoid federal prescriptive measures.
Green Airports Initiative
Green Airports Initiative aims to provide resources and information to help airport services (airlines as well as other tenants and vendors) become more environmentally friendly and reduce operating costs. To that end, we're offering an educational seminar at which we will explore opportunities for ground service equipment upgrades and alternative fuel conversions. Future plans, following this initial seminar, are to make further headway in the greening of South Carolina airports through seminars and other outreach efforts to reduce airport environmental footprints and costs.
Example of a propane converted tug
For more information, or if you have questions, please contact Michael Monroe by phone at (803)898-3261 or email.