World Environment Day: Salvador Bahia Airport records major advances in sustainability

World Environment Day: Salvador Bahia Airport records major advances in sustainability

On June 5th, World Environment Day is celebrated to draw attention to the importance of environmental preservation. In the capital of the state, Salvador Bahia Airport is one such example, which has stood out for its advances in the area of sustainability in a short period of time.

 

In the first year of its integration with VINCI Airports network, which took place on January 2nd, 2018, important milestones were achieved, such as obtaining the first level of Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) certification granted by the Airport Council International (ACI) organization which assesses and recognizes efforts made to reduce greenhouse gases generated by airports.

 

As another example of its environmental commitment, the airport has increased its recycling rate by 34%. Its new Waste Center is in its final phase of adjustment, which will have the capacity to process in a more modern and efficient way about 3 thousand tons of waste per year. The expectation is to reach the 50% recycling rate still in 2019 and reach 100% by 2020.

 

Last year, an Effluent Treatment Station was installed, with a 99.5% efficiency rate, which allowed for water reuse at the Terminal. Currently, this resource is used in the ongoing works at the Airport as well as for gardening and the cooling of asphalt. From the second half of the year, the reuse system will also include toilets, firefighters activities and cooling towers.

 

All of this does not suffice: Salvador Bahia Airport has replaced more than 1100 conventional lamps by a LED lighting system, reducing to about 66% expenditures with lighting, in addition to more efficient new elevators and escalators having been installed. In parallel to this, the deployment of a solar plant of up to 5MW, this year, is being studied. It is capable of meeting the energy needs of the new Terminal and pier that is under construction.

 

On another environmental front, the work carried out in wildlife risk management in 2018 resulted in a 75% reduction in the number of bird collisions with damages to aircraft if compared to 2017, which makes the Airport safer and contributes to the preservation of local biodiversity. Adding to this, it has obtained a license for fauna management, which allows for the capture of animals found on the airport site, referral for veterinary treatment, identification of the species and subsequent return to nature.

 

"We have a strong commitment to sustainable development that guides all our actions. Environmental responsibility is an asset at VINCI group, so we seek to invest in new technologies, improve our processes and engage our employees in support of sustainability", said Rodrigo Tavares, Environment Manager of Salvador Bahia Airport.

 

All actions for sustainability developed at the airport in the capital of Bahia are aligned with Air Pact, the global environmental strategy of the VINCI Airports network. The policy sets as a global goal for all aiports in the group to achieve ACA certification by 2020. Other commitments for that same timeframe are: reducing the power intensity of airports by 20% (compared to 2013), conducting the risk assessment of biodiversity and the achievement of ISO 14001 certification, which recognizes environmental management as an important and structured part of a company's operations.


About Salvador Bahia Airport

 

Located in the capital of the state of Bahia and the first ever capital of Brazil, Salvador Bahia Airport is one of the ten busiest airports in the country. In 2018, the facility served more than 8 million passengers travelling towards about 30 destinations, domestic and international included.

 

Salvador Bahia Airport joined the VINCI Airports network on January 2 2018, through a Concession contract lasting up to 2047. Aiming to improve passengers experience and provide better services to airlines, VINCI Airports launched an ambitious investment plan to modernize and expand the airport. The first phase of works, which includes the construction of a new 20,000 sqm departure area and the refurbishment of the existing terminal, is expected to be completed in October 2019.

 

About VINCI Airports

 

VINCI Airports, as the leading private airport operator in the world, manages the development and operation of 46 airports located in France, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Serbia, Cambodia, Japan, the United States, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Chile and Brazil. Served by around 250 airlines, VINCI Airports' network handled 240 million passengers in 2018.

 

Through its expertise as a comprehensive integrator, VINCI Airports develops, finances, builds and operates airports, leveraging its investment capability, international network and know-how to optimize the management and performance of existing airport infrastructure, facility extensions and new-build construction projects. In 2018, its annual revenue for managed activities amounted to €3.6 billion, for consolidated revenue of €1.6 billion. More comprehensive information is available on www.vinci-airports.com.