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12/14/2007 - It's A Green Holiday Travel Season at Orlando International Airport

ORLANDO, FL. – Green is the “in” color this holiday season as Orlando International Airport (MCO) embraces its design philosophy and incorporates more green technology into various aspects of airport operations. From near-zero emission producing hydrogen powered shuttle buses to the introduction of new energy efficient LED holiday lights, MCO is more eco-aware this holiday season than ever before.

During the 2007 December holiday travel season, passengers at Florida’s busiest airport may be able to ride the latest in alternative energy technology, four hydrogen powered buses are in operation to move travelers to and from remote satellite parking lots to the main terminal building. These buses are part of a test program in conjunction with the State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Chevron, Progress Energy, Ford Motor Company and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA). The buses operate during daylight hours only.

Hydrogen Powered Bus   Christmas Tree in the Hotel Atrium

MCO is also using bio-diesel to power approximately 600 pieces of diesel powered equipment on airport property. From lawnmowers and hedge clippers to tugs and trucks, bio-diesel is reducing the amount of traditional petroleum based fuel consumption by 20 percent.

Working in conjunction with those technologies, hybrid vehicles are also being used successfully in various airport applications. From mail delivery to airport operations and security, MCO continues to look for ways to be both environmentally and economically responsible,



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For more information, contact Carolyn Fennell at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at 407-825-2055.


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