Environmental management systems

Aena works to preserve the environment on the airport grounds.

Environmental action

To achieve its environmental policy, Aena has promoted the installation of environmental management systems (EMS) in all of its airports and facilities. The EMS allows the characteristics of the airport's natural surroundings, and which air navigation and transport based activities affect its conservation, to be identified. Similarly, the EMS studies their impact and implements solutions to reduce negative repercussions in a process of continuous improvement. It also allows the mitigation of noise pollution, reductions in atmospheric emissions, the assurance of water quality and its treatment and the recycling of waste, the conservation of ecosystems and the exploitation of natural energy resources. These are some of the effects of this measure.

All environment management systems have been adapted to meet the requirements specified by international standard ISO 14.001, which certifies the correct application of the EMS and compliance with existing legislation on environmental issues.

The efficiency of an environmental management system depends on the participation and dedication of everyone. For this reason AENA conducts training and awareness raising programmes to involve airport personnel, all airport-based companies and the users themselves in environmental issues.

There are currently 46 Spanish airports and 1 heliport that are EMS certified in accordance with the international benchmark regulation ISO 14.001:

  • Barcelona-El Prat (1999)
  • Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas (2000)
  • A Coruña (2001)
  • Ibiza (2001)
  • Menorca (2001)
  • Tenerife Sur (2001)
  • Lanzarote (2001)
  • La Palma (2001)
  • Fuerteventura (2001)
  • Valencia (2001)
  • Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaén (2002)
  • Vitoria (2002)
  • Sevilla (2002)
  • Palma de Mallorca (2002)
  • Asturias (2002)
  • Malaga-Costa del Sol (2003)
  • Gran Canaria (2003)
  • Santiago (2003)
  • Bilbao (2004)
  • Tenerife Norte (2004)
  • Alicante-Elche (2004)
  • Zaragoza (2004)
  • Seve Ballesteros-Santander (2004)
  • La Gomera (2004)
  • Reus (2004)
  • Almería (2004)
  • Pamplona (2004)
  • Córdoba (2005)
  • Valladolid (2005)
  • Jerez (2005)
  • Melilla (2005)
  • El Hierro (2005)
  • San Sebastian (2005)
  • Son Bonet (2006)
  • Sabadell (2006)
  • Logroño-Agoncillo (2006)
  • León (2006)
  • Salamanca (2006)
  • Ceuta Heliport (2006)
  • Albacete (2006)
  • Vigo (2006)
  • Badajoz (2006)
  • Madrid-Cuatro Vientos (2006)
  • Murcia-San Javier (2006)
  • Girona-Costa Brava (2007)
  • Huesca-Pirineos (2008)
  • Burgos (2009)

This volume of certified airports represents 100 per cent of the volume of passengers and of the air operations, which means that airport activity is carried out under the best possible environmental conditions.

The fact that Barcelona airport, which obtained certification in 1999, was the first European airport to achieve the ISO 14001 certificate and that Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport, certified in 2000, was the third European airport to achieve it shows the importance given to the Environment at Spanish airports.

There are also airports which adhere to the EU's Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), such as Tenerife Sur, which in 2003 became the first Spanish airport to meet the standard, and Menorca, which joined in 2012.