Sustainable development 05.06.2020

The environmental transition, at the heart of VINCI Airports’ strategy

A sustainable airport is always looking for ways to reduce, if not neutralize, the impact of its activity on the environment. VINCI Airports has placed this consideration at the heart of its approach to operations and programme management. Our airports are on a path of environmental transition, responsibly managing biodiversity and green spaces, lowering water consumption, facilitating waste sorting and recycling, reducing energy consumption and exploiting renewable energy. We also work with our partners to bring the entire airport into the fold, from green aircraft taxing systems to environmentally friendly methods of transport for moving people around the airport.

VINCI Airports has been an environmental forerunner in the industry since 2015, when it became the first airport operator to adopt an integrated environmental policy, AirPact, binding the entire network, spanning 12 countries, to the same standards. Stepping up to the call of the green transition across its network, VINCI Airports has reduced its carbon footprint per work load unit by 35% over the last five years, and significantly lowered emissions from 1.11 kg CO 2 equiv. per work load unit in 2014 to 0.73 in 2019.
This progress is the result of a number of tangible solutions that VINCI Airports has implemented, such as installing solar panels, replacing conventional light bulbs with LED lighting and introducing electric transport and ground support equipment in our fleets.

Find out more about all actions implemented throught our worldwide network:

All our airports have entered the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) programme to guide their efforts. Launched in 2009 by Airports Council International (ACI), the programme provides a set of shared tools and a framework made up of four levels of independently verified certification to help the aviation industry cut emissions. Every airport in our network is ACA certified, and Lyon airport and London Gatwick have obtained Level 3+ certification for carbon neutrality, while Guanacaste airport in Costa Rica has been recognised as carbon neutral by the non-profit organisation EARTH University.

As of 2019, VINCI Airports has set itself even more ambitious environmental objectives, aiming to eliminate waste sent to landfills, end pesticide use, halve per-passenger water consumption and halve gross carbon emissions. By 2050, we aim to achieve net zero emissions across our entire network.