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Back To Diesel Products>Oakland International Airport leads the way in reducing diesel emissions

By Cecily Burt
Oakland Tribune

Oakland International Airport has received a $2.5 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration for a project that will significantly reduce the amount of diesel pollution produced by planes parked overnight at the airport for maintenance or loading and unloading cargo.

The money will be used to install emission-free electrical ground power at 18 overnight parking spots away from the terminal. Rather than use jet-fueled auxiliary power units or diesel-fueled power, the planes will plug in to the much cleaner electrical power system. The long-term effect will be equivalent to taking 18,000 cars off the road, said Rosemary Barnes, airport spokeswoman.

The new electrical system is part of a $31 million project that includes reconstruction of a taxi lane, a section of the aircraft parking ramp and air cargo loading ramp, and replacement of a portion of the Terminal 2 apron with concrete. Oakland International has also received $14.9 million in federal stimulus funds for the project, which should be completed by the summer of 2011.

The $2.5 million grant is part of the FAA's Voluntary Low Emission program, which awards money for airport projects that reduce emissions. Oakland International is the first airport to receive FAA funding to install electrical power to non-gate parking areas. The airport's 29 gates are already outfitted with electrical power, Barnes said.

The Port's marine terminals are also working to reduce dangerous diesel emissions that can cause cancer and other serious respiratory problems for workers and residents who live nearby.

In December, American President Lines announced the launch of an $11 million project to retrofit five ships to accept plug-in electrical power and to bring electrical systems to two berths at its Global Gateway Central marine terminal. That project will be completed by the end of this year. It is funded in part by a $4.8 million grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
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