Airports that respect the environment

Airports that respect the environment

For VINCI Airports, its sustainable development policy forms part of a broader commitment to overall performance. Taking a proactive approach to tackling environmental concerns, VINCI Airports has developed an ambitious Environmental strategy named AirPact to drive forward environmental performance at all its airports.

“Reducing energy intensity and greenhouse gas emissions in our airports is one of the main targets of our environment policy. By applying ACA, this unique and voluntary carbon management certification on all our airports worldwide, we want to give a strong signal of our commitment to fight global warming”.

Nicolas NOTEBAERT, Chief Executive Officer of VINCI Concessions & Chairman of VINCI Airports

VINCI Airports Environmental strategy is built around two pillars: the first is made up of four Group targets common to all airports in the VINCI Airports portfolio, while the second rests on the Performance Improvement Program that enables airports to focus on their own priorities, which will be chiefly determined by local conditions.


Four Group targets common to all airports

ll the airports contribute to the four targets set by VINCI Airports for 2020:

  1. 100% of airports accredited by the Airport Carbon Accreditation program, the international program dedicated to reducing airport specific greenhouse gas emissions.
  2. 20% reduction in energy intensity compared with 2013
  3. Biodiversity audit carried out on all airports
  4. 100% of airports ISO 14001-certified


Performance Improvement Program

Each airport must have the latitude to focus on its own priority actions in line with local environmental conditions and stakeholders’ expectations. To facilitate this, a Performance Improvement Program has been developed by the airports, for the airports. This self-assessment tool covers seven environmental domains, each graded into five performance levels.

The Performance Improvement Program enables each airport to evaluate its environmental performance in all seven domains and to set its own objectives for improvement.




7 domains
5 levels of performance for each domain
Reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions 
Improve waste sorting and recovery 
Conserve biodiversity
Abate noise 
Reduce water consumption
Implement an Environmental Management System
Combat environmental contamination (water, air, ground)



Reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions

With an eye to reducing energy consumption, VINCI Airports conducts energy audits that identify potential savings. Consumption-monitoring indicators are also used in order to assess the effectiveness of any measures implemented. Concrete action has already been taken, including putting LED lighting in the terminal buildings, installing movement detectors, optimizing lighting with brightness sensors, and ensuring operators have detailed control over heating and air conditioning systems.

These energy-saving measures will also cut the airports’ greenhouse gas emissions. As a mark of their long-term commitment to reducing their carbon footprint, airports will take part in the international AIRPORT CARBON ACCREDITATION (ACA) program developed by ACI.


Level 1: carbon footprint (calculating the quantity of CO2 emitted by the activities that the airport has direct control over, i.e., Scope 1 & 2) tested by an accredited third party.
Level 2: level 1 + carbon management plan + target for reducing CO2 emissions. A reduction in emissions must be proven to gain Level 2 certification.
Level 3: Level 2 + commitment by all stakeholders within the airport premises to reduce carbon emissions + calculation of their CO2 emissions (Scope 3).
Level 3+: Level 3 + offsetting of CO2 emissions calculated at Level 1.




Improve waste sorting and recovery

Improving waste recovery is one of VINCI Airports’ key commitments in alignment with its goal of reducing landfill as much as possible. VINCI Airports is partnering with its waste management service providers to improve sorting and optimize material recovery and even energy recovery. Awareness-raising exercises are conducted aimed at passengers, airlines and staff (both VINCI Airports’ own employees and the personnel of partners operating from the platform).


Conserve biodiversity

VINCI Airports intends to carry out biodiversity audits (fauna, flora, wetlands, protected areas, etc.) across all its platforms. These audits will identify all the biodiversity issues relating to the airports and lead to the development of action plans that supplement and/or enhance existing biodiversity conservation measures, while also strengthening wildlife hazard management.


Abate noise

VINCI Airports strives to minimize the noise impact of its operations, and this requires all parties—including airlines, air traffic control, pilots, etc.—to work together.

With shared awareness, measures can be introduced such as optimizing takeoff and landing procedures, or limiting use of the noisiest aircraft.

VINCI Airports attaches particular importance to consultation with all parties affected by noise pollution and pays close attention to maintaining an ongoing, transparent dialogue with local residents.


Reduce water consumption

VINCI Airports rationalizes the amount of water used at its airports and strives to reduce consumption. The airports carry out regular monitoring of use and preventive maintenance on supply networks to minimize the risk of leaks.

All airports are gradually being equipped with devices such as infrared sensor faucets, timers and low-flow toilets. VINCI Airports is also innovating with vacuum flush toilets and graywater recovery systems in the firefighters’ training stations at Porto airport, rainwater harvesting systems for the fire tests at Dinard, and green vehicle-washing facilities at Rennes.


Implement an Environmental Management System

VINCI Airports intends all its airports to aim for continuous improvement in environmental performance, which is why the company wants to see every airport implement an Environmental Management System certified by the international benchmark ISO 14001.

Thirteen airports have already gained certification (the ANA airports in Portugal, along with Rennes, Dinard and Quimper in France).


Combat environmental pollution

VINCI Airports invests in facilities that prevent the run-off of potentially polluted stormwater from the airport into the surrounding environment (retention ponds, plant-based filtration of stormwater, oil separators and decanters) and ensures systematic maintenance of the associated installations. VINCI Airports also conducts regular quality tests of the water leaving its buffer and stormwater treatment tanks.

To combat the risk of ground contamination, the airports are equipped with holding tanks for storing liquid chemical products and spill kits (absorbents, spill socks, etc.) to deal instantly with any contaminants.

VINCI Airports also aims to contribute to improving air quality around its airports by gradually replacing its vehicle fleets and ground support equipment with less polluting models, limiting the use of auxiliary power units (APUs), encouraging the use of ground power units (GPUs), and by developing 400 Hz power and pre-conditioned air (PCA) systems.