Oakland International Airport Hosts Green Workshop
June 27, 2014
Oakland International Airport Hosts Green Airport Fleet Partnership Workshop And Expo
Event highlights Clean Air Options for Airports, Airlines and Ground Transportation Operators
Oakland, California – June 27, 2014 – Executives from Northern California commercial airports – Oakland International (OAK), San Francisco International (SFO, Sacramento International (SMF), and Mineta-San Jose International (SJC) – convened at the Oakland Maintenance Center on Wednesday, June 25th for a green fleet workshop and exposition to update and educate the aviation community on regional alternative-fuel vehicle policies, mandates and regulations, as well as technology and funding opportunities.
CALSTART, a non-profit organization with the goal of making California a model state for building the broader, national
alternative fuel and advance vehicle technology marketplace, developed and produced this event to highlight regulations and mandates affecting transportation vehicles that airports utilize. The workshop included technology solutions, best practices and opportunities for funding to enable airport fleets to comply with regulations set forth.
Featured presenters are from CALSTART, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, U.S. Clean Cities Program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Best practices from the airport perspective will be presented by OAK, SFO, SJC, SMF, as well as San Diego International (SAN). FedEx, Alaska Airlines and SFO Shuttle Bus also shared their best corporate practices at the workshop.
On display were alternative-fuel vehicles used at airports such as shuttles, vans, taxis, work trucks, and aircraft ground support equipment. These vehicles are hybrid-electric, plug-in electric, or powered by compressed natural gas or hydrogen fuel-cell. Providers of alternative-fuel infrastructure and diesel retrofit devices were also in attendance.
Key to the mission of the Port of Oakland, is to improve the environment through innovation and collaboration. “Hosting an event like this for our regional partners to share ideas and programs furthers our mission and we’re very pleased to welcome other California airports and business partners to join in this important discussion” ” said Deborah Ale Flint, Director of Aviation.
Linde, a leader in design, construction and operation of the most efficient and reliable hydrogen vehicle fueling systems was recently awarded $2 million by the California Energy Commission to bring a hydrogen fueling station to Oakland International Airport. “This demonstrates that OAK is a leader in providing an alternative fuel infrastructure that serves our tenants, our customers and the public, while reducing our carbon footprint. Working with Linde and the CEC to bring hydrogen fueling to the airport is consistent with the innovative approach that has brought other air quality improvements (or lower emission technologies) such as CNG fueling, EV chargers and electrification of baggage tractors to OAK. This presents a great opportunity for the airport to showcase its commitment to air quality by creating transportation alternatives based on low-emission technologies,” said Ale Flint.
About the Port of Oakland
The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland seaport and Oakland International Airport. The Port's jurisdiction includes 20 miles of waterfront from the Bay Bridge through Oakland International Airport. The Oakland seaport is the fifth busiest container port in the U.S.; Oakland International Airport is the second largest San Francisco Bay Area airport offering over 300 daily passenger and cargo flights; and the Port’s real estate includes commercial developments such as Jack London Square and hundreds of acres of public parks and conservation areas. Together, through Port operations and those of its tenants and users, the Port supports more than 73,000 jobs in the region and nearly 827,000 jobs across the United States. The Port of Oakland was established in 1927 and is an independent department of the City of Oakland. Connect with the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport through Facebook, or with the Port on Twitter, YouTube, and at www.portofoakland.com.