Airport Environmental Mitigation Pilot Program (EMPP)

The Airport Environmental Mitigation Pilot Program allows the FAA to provide grants for environmental mitigation projects that will measurably reduce or mitigate aviation impacts on noise, air quality, or water quality at the airport or within five miles of the airport.

Authorized by Section 190 of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, the EMPP can fund up to six projects at public-use airports. The program will end 5 years after FAA makes the first grant under the program.

2022 Selected Projects

In response to a May 2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity soliciting pre-applications, 19 airports applied. In August 2022, the FAA announced plans to fund 5 projects.

What Projects Qualify?

Projects funded through this pilot program:

  • Should introduce new environmental mitigation techniques or technologies that have been proven in laboratory demonstrations
  • Should propose methods for efficient adaptation or integration of new concepts into airport operations.
  • Must measurably reduce or mitigate aviation impacts on noise, air quality, or water quality at the airport or within five miles of the airport.
  • Must demonstrate whether new techniques or new technologies are practical to implement at or near public-use airports.

The law prioritizes projects implemented by joint teams of at least two of the following types of organizations: businesses, educational or research organizations, State or local government, and Federal laboratories.

What Funds Are Available?

Selected projects may receive up to $2.5 million in federal funding through grants from the Airport Improvement Program’s noise and environmental set-aside. Grants will cover 50 percent of project costs, and airports must provide 50 percent in airport matching funds. Airports must complete projects within 24 months of receiving the grants.

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What Do We Hope to Learn?

New environmental mitigation techniques or technologies capable of reducing noise, emissions or water quality impacts in measurably significant amounts that can be easily transferable to other airports.

Last updated: Tuesday, September 13, 2022