As operators, the struggles for compliance go well beyond our means of control. The OEMs for the equipment and the engine manufacturers are the major drivers for compliance. There simply is not sufficient time to build a new engine, test for performance, put the engines into the varying applications for usage, test that for performance and then offer mass quantities to everyone.
EMISSIONS COMPLIANCE Compliance By Jody Lonergan, manager, corporate GSE, Continental Airlines Obstacles 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 groundsupportworldwide.com 19 EMISSIONS COMPLIANCE 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
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