Background of the environment at GVA

Geneva International Airport (GVA) has been working for more than 30 years to restrict disturbances caused by air traffic.

Sixties

1966

The Commission for Aircraft Noise Control was set-up.

Seventies

1970

Four microphones to record noise around the airport were installed.

1972

Night-flight restrictions were introduced.

Eighties

1980

The noise surcharge was introduced.

1981

The Noise Abatement department was set-up.

1984

The automatic noise measuring and identification system (MIABA) including 7 noise monitoring terminals (4 existing microphones replaced by new ones and 3 extra microphones added) was launched.

1985

A noise-insulated hangar for engine run-ups of small aircraft was built.

Nineties

1990

The Environment department was set-up.

1991

6 more noise monitoring terminals were added. MIABA computer system was updated.

1993

The Consultative Committee for Action to Control Air Traffic Disturbances (CCLNTA) replaced the Commission for Aircraft Noise Control. This new body was made up of representatives of Swiss and French surrounding communities, residents' and environmental associations, Geneva State and aviation professionals, as well as specialists.

A new system to continuously evaluate air quality at the airport was launched.

The noise surcharge was revised.

1995

The environmental management process begun, involving a careful look of environmental management across the airport.

1997

The innovative Environmental Management System (EMS) for Genève Aéroport established by the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) brought airport authorities and companies to help to protect the environment.

Take-off of aircraft certified according to "chapter 2" (annex 16 ICAO) was prohibited from 8pm to 7am.

1998

A surcharge on gaseous emissions was introduced.

A 14th noise monitoring terminal was added in nearby France.

Genève Aéroport's environmental policy was passed by the Consultative Committee for Action to Control Air Traffic Disturbances (CCLNTA) and the Board of Directors.

1999

The first environmental report was published.

Since 2000

2000

An environmental impact assessment was carried out as part of the renewal application for Genève Aéroport Swiss federal operating concession.

The noise surcharge was revised.

2001

The Swiss Confederation granted a new 50-year operating concession to Genève Aéroport.

2002

Aircraft in "Chapter 2" (annex 16 ICAO) were prohibited from operating in Switzerland.

The second environmental report (period 1999-2001) was published.

2003

The new automatic noise measuring and identification system (MIABA),which was equipped with 15 noise monitoring terminals, was launched.

The soundproofing process of residential buildings located close to the airport was launched.

2004

The two last fixed ground power supply systems to parked aircraft (21 systems in operation) were commissioned.

The mobility plan for airport personnel entered into force.

2005

The third environmental report (period 2002-2004) was published.

2006

Genève Aéroport and seven Geneva-based partners signed an agreement with the Swiss Confederation aimed at reducing CO2 emissions.

Genève Aéroport's "green" vehicle purchasing policy was adopted to favour the acquisition of less polluting vehicles.

2007

New series of measures for the mobility plan of the airport personnel were implemented (public transport, free shuttle service, non-motorised transport, restrictions imposed on car parks).

The residential soundproofing programme progressed significantly (800 homes soundproofed at the end of 2007).

The terminal 1 collection centre was moved to modern promises.

2008

The fourth environmental report "Environment - results and objectives 2010" was published.

Installation of an ATM in the baggage reclaim area so that passengers arriving in Geneva can use public transport free of charge for 80 minutes in the Unireso "All Geneva" zone.

Soundproofing of more than 250 dwellings in nearby Swiss municipalities at a cost of CHF 3.7 million.

An analysis of third-party risks due to aircraft accidents near Geneva airport.

Introduction of an additional noise surcharge for take-offs after 10:00 pm.

Adoption of a plan of action to reduce winter discharges into surface waters of pollutants associated with the use of de-icing products.

Implementation of a new package of measures to reduce noise pollution caused by the movement of helicopters to and from Geneva airport.

Campaign to monitor soil quality.

Increase in the grants to airport staff for the purchase of public transport season tickets.

2009

Introduction of a software contacts package for carpooling airport personnel.

Establishment of specific requirements for vehicles moving within the confines of the airport: mandatory anti-pollution checks and, for new vehicles, compliance with the latest emission standards.

Diagnosis of the airport sewerage system as part of the general drainage plan.

Improvement of safety conditions for the warehousing of dangerous goods in transit in the Cargo Hall.

Signature of an agreement between Genève Aéroport and the town of Ferney-Voltaire on the implementation of a specific mechanism for financing soundproofing of dwellings situated in neighbouring France.

Soundproofing of 338 dwellings in nearby Swiss municipalities at a cost of CHF 6.8 million.

Since 2010

2010

Inauguration of an area dedicated to environmental communication with communities

Soundproofing of more than 200 dwellings in nearby Swiss municipalities at a cost of more than CHF 4 millions.

Development of the airport shuttle's network for employees working in the early morning.

Installation of two additional photovoltaic roofs.

Energy conservation measures to decrease the consumption of 205 MWh / year.

Development of a general concept of drainage for the watershed Vengeron.

Opening of a new waste disposal at the freight building.

Mapping of rare plant species and identification of invasive plant species.

2011

Publication of the fifth environmental report "Environment - results and objectives 2013".

Achievement of the 3rd level of the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme (ACA).

Energy conservation measures to decrease the consumption of 641 MWh / year.

Implementation of sorting bins for passengers in the main terminal.

Certification by the ''Nature & Economie'' foundation.

2012

Soundproofing of all concerned homes in the VA, VA-1 and VA-2 areas.

Launch of the soundproofing program in neighbouring France.

Energy conservation measures to decrease the consumption of 1'254 MWh / year.

2013

Renewal of the Airport Caron Accreditation at level 3.

Commissioning of 5'660m2 of photovoltaic panels and 1'140m2 of thermal solar panels.

Implementation of new shuttles to Ferney-Voltaire and Versoix for staff working in the early morning.

2014

Publication of the first sustainability report.

Survey on employee mobility.

Update of the noise classification and noise charges applicable to aircraft.

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