How we Reduce Emissions
Sea-Tac Airport collaborates with our tenant airlines, service providers, and our community to reduce emissions. While a majority of pollution-causing emissions occur from sources not under our control, through these partnerships and the strong environmental goals of our organization, we are able to move people and goods more efficiently while improving our region's air quality and strengthening the businesses that operate at Sea-Tac Airport.
Electric Ground Support Equipment
Sea-Tac Airport has installed nearly 300 electric ground support equipment charging locations throughout the passenger terminal ramps, with the aim to have them available at every gate by 2021 (561 in total). Each location provides charging access for one piece of eGSE.
Benefits of eGSE: Sea-Tac's eGSE charging stations allow airlines to use electrically-powered GSE rather than petroleum-fueled GSE. By using these types of electric vehicles, this project (when complete) will reduce:
- Nearly 1 million gallons of petroleum per year
- Approximately $2.8M in fuel expenditures per year
- 10,000 metric tons of GHGs per year, the pollution that causes global warming
Greener Transportation Options
Sea-Tac Airport has partnered with many of our ground transportation providers to offer greener choices such as high MPG taxis and rideshare options, or alternative fuel shuttles and door-to-door vans. These include initiatives such as:
- Partnered with Clean Energy to build the state's first large compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station open to the public
- In response to airport contracts, taxis picking up at Sea-Tac must be high MPG or alternative fueled
- In response to airport contracts, rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft must meet the same environmental performance standards of the taxi fleet, but may do so through a number of options including ride pooling and deadhead reduction.
- Many of our shuttle and door-to-door van services use alternative fuels like propane and natural gas, and use high mileage vans in their fleets
Pre-Conditioned Air and Ground Power for Aircraft
Sea-Tac International Airport has installed Pre-Conditioned Air or "PC Air" and ground power at each of our gates in an effort to reduce energy costs for airlines, improve air quality, and increase energy efficiency throughout the airport. PC Air provides cooled and heated air to an airplane cabin while parked at Sea-Tac gates, while ground power supplies other electrical needs in the cabin. This allows the pilot to turn off the airplane's auxiliary engines that would normally provide air and electricity to the cabin, thereby reducing fuel and air emissions.
Benefits of PC Air: PC Air provides both environmental and financial benefits to our airlines partners, our passengers, and our surrounding communities. Each year, PC Air reduces:
- 5 million gallons of fossil fuel use
- $15M in fuel expenditures by the airlines
- 73 tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx), a nationally regulated air pollutant
- 40,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases