Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Wolf has announced 34 cleaner energy transportation projects will receive US$8.5m in grants and rebates following the Volkswagen settlement.

Funded by Pennsylvania’s share of the settlement with Volkswagen Group of America surrounding US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions tests, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is committing funding for a range of clean energy transportation projects for roads, schools, ports and airports.

“The funding awarded from the VW emission cheating scandal is helping Pennsylvania reduce transportation pollution Statewide and will help continue our efforts to improve air quality throughout the commonwealth,” said Wolf.

By replacing older, polluting engines with new technologies, the projects during their lifetimes are expected to prevent emission of 503 tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx), 130 tons of carbon monoxide, 238 tons of carbon dioxide, 59 tons of hydrocarbons, 30 tons of fine particulate matter and a half-ton of coarse particulate matter.

“This approach to reducing emissions will help improve Pennsylvanians’ health and advance Governor Wolf’s goal of protecting the State from further climate change impacts,” said DEP secretary, Patrick McDonnell.