Compliance By Jody Lonergan,
manager, corporate GSE,
How can ﬂeet operators make it happen?
s the industry closes in on compliance deadlines the strategy to comply is as unique as each operator them-
A for a variety of rules and regulations, there are few
options. We are all familiar with the ongoing focus
selves. How each group and organization will reach the
goals set forth will vary by many factors within the styles
on the electrification of GSE, however, not everything within of services they offer. Regardless of the operating mar-
the operating environment of a thriving air carrier, cargo ket, one portion is consistent — the equipment needed.
transporter, ground handling provider or catering company Whether it is gas, diesel, propane or electric; whether it is
can be converted. This leaves us all wondering: How can to push back an aircraft, load cargo, move freight in a ware-
we comply with rules in the most cost-effective manner house, or support a catering operation, the same types of
while not impeding our operational demands? equipment are needed across the board.
The major contributors of emissions in GSE are NOx
MANY REGULATIONS, FEW SOLUTIONS and PMs, especially in the older units and larger heavy
Between the many rules now in effect in the state of side of the operation, such as pushback tractors, container
California (PERP, LSI, LSI - FL and ORD pending), and in an loaders, ground power units, air conditioners, heavy duty
effort to maintain compliance for previous rules and volun- forklifts, catering vehicles, etc. While a few OEMs have
tary memorandums of understanding (MOUs), as well as attempted to create or convert some of these types to
the interim goals set by independent airport port authori- electrics, none have truly been in a long standing operating
ties, the means for achieving all goals and deadlines is environment to determine if they will be successful. This
increasingly more difficult. For global carriers and operators leaves the operating teams looking to the newer, cleaner
burning gas and diesel engines for compliance. The two As operators, the struggles for compliance
biggest challenges are available cash flow and production go well beyond our means of control.
and availability of the new