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Environmental management

Since 2008 SACBO has held ISO 14001 environmental certification following the inspection process carried out at the airport by the TÜV Certification Body. A certificate of compliance which defines a strategy of constant attention to the environment and territory aimed at ensuring compatibility of aeronautical activities under the development plan of the Bergamo airport.

The certification process began in September 2007 and required management and control procedures aimed at ensuring levels of performance which, for the purpose of granting the certificate, must be above the minimum required by current regulations with a view to continuous improvement. The ISO 14001 Environmental Certificate - which is supplemented by that for ISO 9001 Quality obtained by SACBO in 2001 - places Milano Bergamo Airport on a par with the most advanced airports on a European and international level in terms of services, operations and infrastructure.

Alongside the management and monitoring of noise and air components, SACBO also manages all other environmental aspects affected by airport activities, such as:

  • Waste
  • Water
  • Soil
  • Electromagnetic fields
  • Light pollution
  • Resource consumption
  • Ecosystem
  • Mobility
  • Communication with the Territory


Other environmental aspects

Alongside the management and monitoring of the components noise and air, SACBO also manages other environmental aspects affected by airport activities, such as:

  • Waste
  • Water
  • Soil
  • Electromagnetic fields
  • Light pollution
  • Resource consumption
  • Ecosystem
  • Mobility
  • Communication with the territory

WASTE

Considering that almost 9 million passengers passed through in 2013, Milano Bergamo Airport could be compared to a town of 24,000 inhabitants that produce waste for disposal and for which the Management company has created a dedicated Recycling Centre inside its grounds and managed by the Municipality of Orio al Serio. SACBO and the other airport operators also produce special waste which is disposed of correctly, not without a major commitment and care, through special procedures.

Milano Bergamo Airport manages waste so that recycling is encouraged over disposal. Inside and outside the airport terminal, in the administration and operations areas paper and cardboard, plastic, glass and tins are collected separately, as well as a fraction of waste which is not differentiated.

WATER

SACBO has the necessary water disposal permits as required by law and regularly carries out analysis both of the drinking water (e.g. aircraft supply) and of domestic and rainwater discharges.

SOIL

To prevent the potential risk of accidental spills in the operating areas SACBO has prepared specific operational procedures which aim at preventing spills from contaminating the rainwater collection system. The affected areas are then cleared by using oil-absorbing substances, which are then disposed of as hazardous waste.

ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS

Testing of electromagnetic field sources has not detected any exposure limits that have been exceeded as required by law. In particular, the low values shown by measurements taken ensure the maximum tranquillity to passengers in transit and to workers in the airport.

LIGHT POLLUTION

The Airport Light Plan drafted by SACBO in 2006 provides for the replacement of part of the airport lighting plant by using low impact lighting systems and technologies as required by Regional Law n. 17 of March 27, 2000.

RESOURCE CONSUMPTION

SACBO aims to reduce consumption by introducing measures and new technologies which increase energy efficiency maximise the use of water.

This focus is demonstrated by in-depth studies in the design phase concerning the energy efficiency of new buildings.

The energy consumption of an airport is rarely dependent on the number of passengers that have passed through and on the traffic, as it is mostly related to the operations maintenance of the entire facility. In fact, electricity, gas and water are used, to light, heat and cool it as well as for public services within the offices of the airport terminal.

ECOSYSTEM

In order to guarantee the safety of passengers on the ground, the aircraft, personnel, and ground equipment, SACBO constantly checks the presence of wildlife without however altering the ecosystem around the airport, in order to prevent any potential hazard.

MOBILITY

In compliance with current legislation, SACBO has appointed a Mobility Manager with the aim of optimising airport mobility, in collaboration with institutions, first of all the Area Mobility Manager of the Province of Bergamo.

COMMUNICATION WITH THE TERRITORY

Communication also plays an important role in safeguarding the environment, by conveying the tangible results of this commitment externally. The Environmental Bulletin thus becomes a valuable opportunity to create a moment of dialogue with its stakeholders.

The company website is constantly updated with information on the environmental impact, and is the preferred channel of SACBO to maintain continual liaison with the Territory.