The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is putting over $90m into airports across the US to support the industry’s goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050. 

The funding will go towards 21 airports, with roughly $46.8m going towards sustainability projects focusing on the use of solar energy and another $44.5m being spent on electric vehicles and transportation infrastructure. 

Prescott Regional Airport in Arizona will receive $243,000 to work on a plan to transition to unleaded fuel, matching a plan to eliminate leaded aviation fuels in piston-engine aircraft by 2030. 

Associate administrator for airports at the FAA Shannetta R. Griffin said: “We need to help airports transition their operations as quickly as possible to renewable power. Our investments keep us on track for the net-zero goal.” 

Two of the biggest grants will be going to Indianapolis International Airport in Indiana, which will receive $22.58m towards constructing energy efficient infrastructure and installing solar panels, and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Arizona, which will get $20m for the design and construction of solar parking structures. 

Additionally, the biggest electric transportation grant will go to Portland International Airport in Oregon, which will receive $16m to construct zero emissions vehicle infrastructure. 

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Other airports that will receive funding cover the states of Texas, Iowa, Nevada, California, Utah, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Missouri, Michigan, Arkansas and Montana. 

The grants form part of a series of funding from the FAA as part of its 2021 Aviation Climate Action Plan, which set the 2050 target for net-zero emissions and has so far led to the awarding of $462m to US airports and universities working on sustainable technology. 

Additionally, earlier this year US airports received a boost from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law which saw the FAA provide nearly $1bn in funding to help airports cope with increased traffic.