Sustainable development 09.06.2021

Salvador Bahia Airport awarded the title of Most Sustainable Airport in Brazil for the second consecutive year

For the second consecutive year, Salvador Bahia Airport was appointed by the National Civil Aviation Agency (Anac) as the most sustainable in Brazil. The airport, which is part of the VINCI Airports network, achieved the highest score in its category in the “Sustainable Airports” Award, a survey carried out for the second year in a row by the Agency.

Since the beginning of the Concession, in January 2018, Salvador Bahia Airport has been standing out for its environmental actions. It was the first in Brazil to install a solar power plant, not to dispose of solid waste in landfills, and to adopt a zero effluent policy. It was also granted the “Green Airport” seal by the Airports Council International - Latin America and the Caribbean (ACI-LAC). 
The recognition obtained by the Airport is the result of VINCI Airports' environmental policy. It sets ambitious goals for all its airports and deploys concrete solutions. Among them are the reduction of their carbon footprints and consumption of drinking water by 50%, and the non-disposal of solid waste in landfills.
“This achievement was only possible because we have environmental preservation at the core of our business strategy. Transiting to sustainable aviation is a common dynamic for all airports in the VINCI Airports network”, explained Yann Le Bihan, technical director of Salvador Bahia Airport.

A step forward

Salvador Bahia Airport team will keep innovating and advancing in the environmental area. In addition to successful projects such as the solar plant (the one with the greatest potential for generating clean energy within the VINCI Airports network) and the Effluent Treatment Station (ETE), with 99.5% efficiency, other initiatives have recently been implemented and 12 new concrete solutions are in the study phase for implementation yet this year.
An example is an initiative that reuses condensed water from the air conditioning system. The project, which went into operation in 2021, will allow the Airport to save more than 15,000 m³ of water per year. “Our team is always looking for opportunities to improve our environmental performance”, Yann Le Bihan pointed out.

VINCI Airports, the leading private airport operator in the world, manages 45 airports in12 countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas. We harness our expertise a comprehensive integrator to develop, finance, build and operate airports, while leveraging our investment capability and expertise in optimising operational performance, modernising infrastructure and driving environmental transition. VINCI Airports became the first airport operator to start rolling out an international environmental strategy, in 2016, with a view to achieving net zero emissions throughout its network by 2050.