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Guidebook for Implementing Ground Support Equipment Electrification at Airports


Airlines and fixed-base operators are increasingly transitioning towards electric ground support equipment, and some states and local governments have started to encourage or mandate the use of electric ground support equipment (GSEs). Airports therefore need to be prepared to respond to the demand for increased electrification of GSEs. Airports need to plan for infrastructure upgrades, increased electricity demand, a shift in demand for traditional/fossil fuel and corresponding changes in maintenance activities. Airports will also need to be able to evaluate the emissions benefits and impacts of an expanded eGSE fleets, for example how to calculate emissions intensity per hour of eGSE use as compared to conventional equipment (which will change based on the emissions factor of their region’s fuel mix). Airports would benefit from guidance on these aspects to be prepared to support their tenants.


The objective of this research is prepare a guidebook to inform airports of the planning and infrastructure needed to support electric GSEs.

Sponsoring Committee:AV030, Environmental Impacts of Aviation
Date Posted:03/02/2021
Date Modified:03/11/2021
Index Terms:Airports, Guidelines, Cargo handling equipment, Electric power, Infrastructure, Pollutants, Demand,
Cosponsoring Committees: 
Vehicles and Equipment
Terminals and Facilities

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