Voluntary Airport Low Emissions Program (VALE)
The Voluntary Airport Low Emission Program (VALE) is designed to reduce all sources of airport ground emissions. Created in 2004, VALE helps airport sponsors meet their state-related air quality responsibilities under the Clean Air Act. Through VALE, airport sponsors can use Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funds and Passenger Facility Charges (PFCs) to finance low emission vehicles, refueling and recharging stations, gate electrification, and other airport air quality improvements.
Program Guidance and Application Information
- Eligible Airports (MS Excel) (Updated 5/22/2012)
- VALE Technical Report (V7.0) (PDF, 1.87 MB) (Updated 12/2/2010)
This report provides detailed information on project planning, the application process, eligibility requirements (e.g., vehicle/equipment, fuel, ownership), program vehicle low-emission standards, emissions calculation methodology, cost effectiveness criteria, project tracking, etc.
- Guidance on Airport Emission Reduction Credits for Early Measures Through Voluntary Airport Low Emission Programs (PDF) (9/2004)
Vision-100 requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in consultation with the FAA, to issue guidance to ensure that airport sponsors receive appropriate airport emission reduction credits (AERCs) for VALE projects. State air quality agencies must provide assurances to the FAA that airport sponsors will receive AERCs prior to AIP and PFC funding. This guidance outlines how airport sponsors qualify for AERCs and can use AERCs in the future to meet general conformity and new source review requirements under the Clean Air Act.