Environmental aspects

Improving and protecting the airport surroundings and airspace, and promoting energy efficiency.

Best practice in environmental sustainability

In tune with its Environmental Policy, Aena integrates environmental management with its business activities and services, through implementation of environmental management systems, in accordance with Standard ISO 14001 and EMAS Regulations.

Relevant data

  • Aena approved in 2010 the new Environmental and Energy Policy, which enhances and gives more prominence to energy consumption and efficiency in its activities.
  • On the occasion of the implementation of the Sustainable Economy Act, law 2/2011, Aena has begun the necessary analyses of aspects which impact its activity, in order to introduce the principles of the law where these are not already integrated in its management practices.

Examples of Aena best practices in environmental sustainability

  • Noise Abatement Plans:

    Until 2016, Aena has invested more than 305 million euros in the execution of Noise Abatement Plans, insulating more than 21,200 homes.

  • Green airports:

    With this project, Aena will gradually implement, in all the airports in the network, a more efficient use of energy and reduced consumption, opting whenever possible for renewable energy sources.

  • Green Routes:

    Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport is the first in the Aena network to introduce “green landings”, an approach manoeuvre consisting of a continuous descent without horizontal stretches and with the engines at minimum power, thereby enabling an average reduction of 25% in CO2 emissions in each approach manoeuvre and a saving of 25% in fuel consumption, as well as a substantial reduction in noise pollution in the area around the airport.

    Airlines have been able to carry out this type of manoeuvre at night since 26 August 2010. Some airlines already use it, especially for transatlantic flights which arrive at Barajas in the early morning. In 2010, as well as in Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport, these manoeuvres were introduced in the airports of Alicante, Barcelona-El Prat, Girona-Costa Brava, Grand Canary, Malaga-Costa del Sol, Palma de Majorca, Santiago, Tenerife Sur, Valencia and Vitoria. In 2011 and 2012 it has introduced them at A Coruña, Almería, Asturias, FGL Granada-Jaén, Jerez, La Palma, Ibiza, Santander, Santiago and Vigo.

    The airports in the Aena network are among the most active in the European Union in implementing “green landings” which according to data from the Airports Council International (ACI), are foreseen to use in 100 European airports by 2013.