VINCI Airports 23.10.2019

Salvador Bahia airport environmental commitment stands out!

Part of the VINCI Airports’ network since 2018, Salvador Bahia Airport’s sustainable management is once again recognized internationally. The 2019 edition of the “ACI-LAC Green Airport Recognition” features the Bahian airport’s Effluent Treatment Plant (ETE) and its efforts for wildlife risk management and energy efficiency.

The award distinguishes sustainable airport initiatives and takes place during the annual conference of the International Council of Airports of Latin America and the Caribbean (ACI-LAC). Salvador Bahia airport was prized for its Effluent Treatment Plant (ETE), a system for water reuse implemented in 2018. Today, the water treated is redirected to the ongoing construction works at the Airport, gardening, toilets, fire brigade activities and cooling towers. The airport’s energy efficiency efforts were also rewarded. The replacement of over 1200 conventional lights by LEDS has decreased the lighting energy consumption by 30% and new and more efficient elevators and escalators were installed. Finally, wildlife management efforts carried out in 2018 have reduced bird collisions with aircraft damage by 80% compared to the previous year, enhancing safety and the preservation of local biodiversity. Salvador Bahia Airport was represented by Henrique Bellini, recently chosen “Young Airport Professional 2019” by the same Council.

This distinction, the second obtained by the airport at international level, is part of the overall AirPact environmental strategy defined by VINCI Airports. Last January, just a year after VINCI Airports took over the airport, Salvador Bahia became the first airport of the North / Northeast regions and the second in Brazil granted with ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) certification in its first level, which evaluates the work towards reduction of greenhouse gases generated by airports.