Massport works with airport tenants and federal, state and local agencies to meet mandated regulations, but it is also proactive in exceeding regulatory requirements to reduce the environmental impact of its operations.
As a result of our innovative environmental programs, the effect of Massport's facilities on the surrounding environment has been dramatically lessened since the 1990's. Massport’s broad range of emissions reduction efforts, including alternative ground access transportation options, use of alternative fuel vehicles, energy optimization/conservation and building design, construction and operations measures have significantly improved air quality in and around Massport properties, including Boston Logan International Airport, the nation’s 19th busiest airport located three miles from downtown Boston.
Recent environmental initiatives include:
- Use of "warm-mix" asphalt to repave runways. Logan was the first airport in the United States to use this technology, which uses an additive to the asphalt to allow for lower production and application temperatures, saving fuel and resulting in a decrease in emissions of approximately 20%.
- $55.7 million renovation of the Terminal B Garage including solar panels on the roof to generate power and LED lighting in the garage which will reduce electricity consumption by 49%.
- $3 million loan to Delta Air Lines for the purchase of 75 battery-powered baggage cart tugs and battery-powered baggage conveyor belt vehicles which will reduce emissions and improve the air quality around Boston Logan.
- $400,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to install additional power stations at Boston Fish Pier so fishing boats and visiting vessels can turn off diesel engines and “plug in” for electricity.
- Cell phone waiting lots at Boston Logan and Cruiseport Boston's Black Falcon Cruise Terminal to help alleviate congestion and air pollution around these facilities.
- Use of alternative energy at Logan including wind turbines installed at the Logan Office Center and long-time use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses which have shuttled passengers for more than 13 million "clean air miles."