Sustainable development 16.05.2020

Salvador named Brazil's most sustainable airport in 2019

Salvador Bahia International Airport has been recognized by Brazil's National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) as "Brazil's most sustainable aerodrome in 2019". The airport, managed by VINCI Airports since early 2018, achieved the highest score among the 23 selected airports.

The “Sustainable Aerodromes” survey has mapped environmental management practices at the country's airports and relied on voluntary participation by the institutions.
In this mapping, 36 indicators were taken into account, including water, power and waste management, climate change, atmospheric emissions, noise, soil, fauna, and flora as well as environmental awareness-raising and organizational management. The capital of Bahia's airport has met 33 out of the 36 criteria assessed, registered a score of 88.85% and was considered to have sustainable actions at an advanced level.

In line with the ambitious sustainable development policy that VINCI Airports is implementing throughout its global network, Salvador airport is a model in terms of environmental commitment.

Since it has joined VINCI Airports network in 2018, the airport is regularly rewarded for the many virtuous initiatives put in place, in the areas of greenhouse gas reduction, energy efficiency and wildlife risk management.
For example, it is:

  • the first airport in Brazil to achieve zero waste to landfill and the only one to maintain this objective even during the covid-19 crisis.
  • the only airport in Brazil to be zero liquid discharge, with 100% of treated wastewater recycled in toilets and for the air-cooling towers
  • certified ACA Level 2 by ACI
  • 100% LED equipped

Soon, Salvador Bahia will also become the first airport in Brazil to have a self-consumption photovoltaic park to power its terminal. Made up of 11,000 solar panels, this solar power plant will represent an installed capacity of 4,215 KWp for an annual production of 6.3 MWh and will enable the airport's carbon footprint to be reduced by a further 30%, i.e. the equivalent of 690 tons per year!