Volkswagen Settlement: Applicability of Funds to Airports and Airlines

In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice of violation to Volkswagen Group regarding diesel cars equipped with a software that circumvented EPA standards for nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions. During normal vehicle operation, these vehicles emitted levels of NOx that significantly exceed EPA compliant levels. On October 25, 2016, a U.S. federal judge approved a settlement ordering the Volkswagen Group to compensate owners of such vehicles, create a funding pool to remediate environmental effects, and to create infrastructure for and promote awareness of zero emission vehicles (ZEVs).

Created in collaboration by the Federal Aviation Administration, Airlines for America (A4A), Airports Council International (ACI), and the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), this page provides aviation stakeholders with general information about the settlement. In particular, it provides information on its outcomes, funding allocation and distribution, funding eligible mitigation actions, aviation related mitigation actions, a timeline going forward, as well as some questions and answers.

For more information, please see the following files:

Last updated: Tuesday, August 2, 2022