Press Release

Airports, Industry Release Guidance and Practical Examples to Expand Use of eGSE

For Immediate Release
July 10, 2023

Alexandria, Va. — The American Association of Airport Executives’ (AAAE) ACT Program, comprised of innovative airport leaders and aviation industry experts, has released its newest research examining practical approaches for airports to expand the infrastructure to support use of electric ground service equipment (eGSE) by studying implementation projects at several large hub airports.

The ACT Working Group on Sustainability and Resiliency consists of airport and industry executives from across the United States and Canada. The group shares experiences implementing projects that lower CO2 emissions and educates colleagues on lessons learned from these initiatives. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, expanding use of eGSE can contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHG), which many airport operators cite within sustainability goals.

The research explores optional government grants, policy considerations for airport tenants, and the effects of deploying multiple charging station manufacturers across one airport. It includes the use of an energy maturity assessment to help airports analyze energy efficiency programs and catalog decarbonization opportunities, which can be used for projects beyond ground service equipment.

“The path to net-zero GHG requires a shift from fossil fuel combustion to lower carbon sources of energy such as green electricity,” says Todd Ernst, director, aviation, energy, and environment for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority. “Electrification of ground service equipment will play a significant role and is also a challenge for GHG reduction at airports.”

“Our collaboration with other airports and subject matter experts on eGSE, through AAAE’s ACT program, has proven extremely valuable in helping Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) move our eGSE program forward. Sharing lessons learned has streamlined this implementation for all of us,” added Michael R. Christensen, P.E., C.M., chief operations and maintenance officer at Los Angeles World Airports.

Jill Geboy, project manager at Woolpert, explained that the ACT Working Group on Sustainability and Resiliency “brought together industry and airport leaders from across the county and provided a space to brainstorm ideas, facilitate collaboration, learn, and drive innovation. It was a truly exceptional experience to help lead the development of this white paper and meet with multiple airports to learn about their eGSE programs and CO2 savings.”

It is advised airports begin with an energy maturity model to better understand the current demands for facilities, seek to learn what assets are consuming energy, how much additional power is needed for electric chargers, and where the additional needed power will be found. A series of recommendations and lessons learned is published in this research to guide airport leaders interested in expanding use of eGSE at their airports.

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ABOUT ACT: AAAE, with the support of CAG Holdings, LLC (CAG), a Carlyle backed company, created the ACT Program to evaluate and launch – with the backing of substantive industry expert partners – solutions in airports to address the near-, mid-, and long-term needs of the industry. It drives innovation, digitalization, thought leadership, and it helps airports pilot and research practical ways to meet critical needs. The ACT Steering Group, led by airport executives across the United States and Canada, identify and define the working group topics to pilot and study.

ABOUT AAAE: Founded in 1928, AAAE is the world's largest professional organization representing the individuals who work at public-use commercial and general aviation airports. AAAE's 9,000 members represent over 850 airports and hundreds of companies and organizations that support the airport industry. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., AAAE serves its membership through results-oriented representation in Washington, D.C., and delivers a wide range of industry services and professional development opportunities, including training, conferences, and a highly respected accreditation program.

Joel D. Bacon
Executive Vice President, Government and Public Affairs

Jose Saavedra, C.M., M.E.
Director, Industry Programs

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