The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will collaborate with US airports on an Airport Climate Challenge in a bid to achieve net-zero emissions.

Airports will be able to use several FAA funding programmes to support sustainable initiatives.

The funding will be provided for low- or zero-emissions vehicles, renewable energy production and energy assessment, as well as other efforts.

The FAA stated that the challenge is one of multiple initiatives designed to achieve the Biden-Harris Administration’s goal of a net-zero aviation system by 2050.

FAA airports associate administrator Shannetta Griffin said: “The United States should not only have the safest and most efficient aerospace system in the world, it can and should be the most environmentally sustainable as well. By partnering with the country’s airports, we can meet this climate challenge.”

Airports can support greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction by using various existing programmes.

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The Voluntary Airport Low Emissions Programme supports the deployment of clean technology projects to improve airport air quality.

The Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) Programme helps with the acquisition of zero-emission vehicles and associated infrastructure.

Lastly, the Airport Sustainability Planning Programme provides funding to eligible airports for the development of comprehensive sustainability plans.

Additionally, the FAA is engaged in the development of a tool for the voluntary estimating, tracking and reporting by airports of emissions reductions after the implementation of projects supported by these programmes.

Recently, the FAA announced that it had downgraded Russia’s air safety rating, as the country’s Federal Agency for Air Transport has failed to comply with the safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).