In Washington, energy consultancy AEA has been tapped to lead a project with the US Transportation Research Board to investigate how much airports contribute to fine particulate (PM2.5) emissions and the effect this has on ambient local air quality.
The research will also be evaluating the effect that alternative fuels may have on reducing the impact of airport-related emissions. PM2.5 emissions are finer and therefore associated with greater risks than larger PM10 inhalable particles.
The work is being undertaken for the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Airport Cooperative Research Program project 02-23 Alternative Fuels as a Means to Reduce PM2.5 Emissions at Airports The $500,000 project will last for 16 months and involves up to five US airports. staff from offices in the U.K. and U.S.is to lead a project that will investigate how much US airports contribute to fine particulate (PM2.5) emissions and the effect this has on ambient local air quality.
According to AEA’s Dr Hazel Peace, around 60 percent of US airports fall in areas that the Environmental Protection Agency has designated as ‘nonattainment’ for fine particulate matter. Richard Altman, who doubles as Executive Director of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), will be a technical adviser to the project.
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