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NEWS Last modified on July 8, 2014

Energy conservation improvements to be made at JFK International

Commissioners from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) have authorized $7.5 million for energy conservation improvements at JFK International Airport.

Through the authority's multi-facility guaranteed energy savings programme, the project will reduce operating expenses by approximately $700,000 per year and yield annual greenhouse gas emissions reductions of approximately 2,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e).

The Port Authority's energy projects currently in construction, or completed within the last year are expected to yield approximately 18,000 metric tonnes of reduced GHG emissions.

The JFK project, anticipated to begin in the fall of this year, includes extensive exterior lighting upgrades on roadways, pedestrian bridges, in parking lots and bus shelters, and also includes interior lighting improvements, steam system upgrades, and a boiler replacement with conversion from oil to natural gas.

PANYNJ executive director, Pat Foye, explains: “The Port Authority is focused on increasing energy efficiency and reducing emissions at our facilities.

"These improvements are not only a cost-effective method for reducing air pollutants but also save $10.5 million over a 15-year guarantee period in energy and material costs, reduces maintenance costs by approximately $3 million, creates more than 60 jobs at our airport, and generates $10.6 million in economic activity over the life of the project.”

Efforts similar to the JFK conservation initiative already are underway at Newark Liberty International Airport and Stewart International Airport.

The agency has already spent approximately $31 million on multiple energy savings projects through the Multi-Facility Guaranteed Energy Savings Programme, creating a projected cost savings of $50 million over the useful life of the projects.

Additionally, these projects are eliminating more than 15,000 metric tonnes of GHG emissions annually – comparable to 1.7 million gallons of gasoline saved annually.

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