Climate Change and Resiliency
Consistent with the Port Authority’s carbon reduction goals, the new Terminal B will incorporate a series of measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. A few examples include the dual taxi lane design which provides for more efficient aircraft movements within the apron area, the installation of electric-powered Ground Power Unit (GPU) and PC Air units at each gate in lieu of fossil-fuel fired units, and the planned GSE Electrification program to transition to the exclusive use of electric baggage tugs, belt loaders, and pushback tractors for aircraft turnaround services. Together these efforts will beneficially contribute to the Port Authority’s mission to achieve an eighty percent GHG emission reduction by Year 2050 and mitigate climate change impacts.
Flood Hazard Mitigation
Terminal B is located on the waterfront of Flushing Bay and Bowery Bay. Critical assets including electrical substations, emergency generators, communications equipment, electrical closets and fire alarm closest will be located on upper levels above or routed in underground concrete. The ground level will be only non-critical areas such as offices and baggage handling area which will be dry flood-proofed. In response to a potential flood, a flood barrier system will be deployed in a phased response depending on the stage of the threat.