Airport Business

OCT 2018

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8 airportbusiness October 2018 LANDSIDE DEVELOPMENT By Todd Mouw Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Cut Costs with Propane Autogas Vehicles Propane-fueled parking fleets offer an opportunity to lower costs and clean the air at your airport. One way for airports to reduce ground-based greenhouse gas emissions is by transitioning its airport-owned vehicles away from convention fuels to alternative fuels. But, the alternative fuels terrain can be tough to navigate for what works best for airport-based shuttle services. With the various fuel and technology options available in today’s commercial vehicle market, how do you make the right choice for your airport? Know that airports across the United States are facing this issue head on with airport-wide initiatives that include reducing the carbon footprint of their fleets. For example, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport’s parking shuttles have been fueled by clean-burning propane autogas since the airport opened. And, private ground transportation providers, such as off-site parking shuttles, are required by contract to use alternative fuels. Many resources are available to help you research and decide on the best alternative fuel option to power your airport’s fleet. This article will explore emissions-reducing, cost-saving propane autogas. Propane Autogas Primer According to the World LP Gas Association, there are more than 27 million on-road vehicles fueled by propane autogas around the world. Propane autogas is the leading alternative fuel in the United States and the third most commonly used vehicle fuel, following gasoline and diesel. In the U.S., there are over 18,000 propane autogas-fueled vehicles on the road. You don’t need to have a large fleet to garner the benefits — current propane technology enables you to order the number of vehicles you need, whether that’s one or a dozen or 100. This is especially attractive to airports that want to adopt new fuel If you replace one gasoline-fueled Ford E-450 chassis with a propane autogas model, more than 91,000 pounds of carbon dioxide will be eliminated over its lifetime. Roush CleanTech

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