Environmental Plan - GVA.CH

Objectives between now and 2013

Environmental objectives, which are fixed for a period of three years, are described together with the means to achieve them in a strategic document called the Environmental Plan. This is then broken down into yearly action plans.

Genève Aéroport is currently implementing the 2011 - 2013 environmental plan outlined below:

Environmental Management System (EMS)

  • The integration of environmental elements will be underpinned by all activities and plans
  • The environmental management system will operate according to the requirements of the ISO 14001:2004 standard, in conjunction with the integrated management system
  • Local residents as well as employees and partners of Genève Aéroport will be better informed on environmental activities

Noise Abatement

  • Revision of aircraft noise classification to take into account the anticipated evolution of technology
  • Soundproofing of 600 dwellings in Switzerland beyond the boundaries currently considered (alarm threshold minus 2 dBA)
  • Undertaking of soundproofing for 400 dwellings in Ferney-Voltaire, in neighbouring France, within the framework of the specific system created jointly with the local council's technical service department
  • Development of a ground based noise mapping system for monitoring noise from the airport
  • Improvement of the communication of the measures taken to limit noise, especially regarding the statistic and justification of extensions agreed by the airport for aircraft movements after 12:30am in the case of exceptional circumstances

Air Quality - Surface Access

  • Reduction of exhaust emissions from vehicle operating on the airport
  • Reduction of exhaust emissions from parked aircraft
  • Participation in ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation scheme
  • Increase of the rate of sustainable transport use by airport staff
  • Increase of the rate of sustainable transport use by airport passengers
  • Strengthened surface access to the airport by sustainable modes of transport

Energy Management

  • Reduction of energy consumption by 10%
  • Optimisation of energy costs
  • Guarantee of highest quality energy supply

Water Management

  • Implemantation of the conept to drain surface run-off water from te Vengeron catchment basin as part of the framework for general drainage of water from the airpot

Soil Protection

  • Avoidance of soil contamination and mapping of pollution
  • Achievement of a new soil monitoring campaign

Waste Management

  • Strengthening, monitoring and optimisation of sorting of waste procedures ont he whole airport site
  • Extension of the ''polluter pays'' principle on the whole airport site

Major Risk Prevention

  • Enhancement of risk prevention in accordance with the ordinance on the prevention of major accidents (OPAM)

Natural Environment Protection

  • Maintaining the quality of the airport landscape and its surrounding
  • Control of the expansion of invasive plant species