The Málaga-Costa del Sol has implemented an Environmental Management System that identifies all aspects that have a significant impact on the environment.
Lanzarote Airport is committed to improving the environment and the quality of life for Lanzarote inhabitants. To fulfil this commitment, it has developed an Environmental Management System (EMS), certified in December 2001 by the international ISO standard ISO 14001. The system currently has a high level of maturity and is proof of Lanzarote airport's commitment to the environment.
The Environmental Management System has allowed identifying and assessing the environmental aspects generated by airport activity, preparing procedures to act on, monitoring and controlling these aspects, and setting environmental objectives while also implementing control to ensure compliance.
With the certification under the ISO 14001 international standard, the airport has demonstrated its concern for the environment and its strong commitment, both in the present and in the future, to environmental quality and the sustainable development of the island of Lanzarote, declared World Biosphere Reserve in 1993.
The implementation of the Environmental Management System has created environmental improvements for the island of Lanzarote and its inhabitants, thanks to objectives achieved and which are summarised as follows:
- Reduction in the consumption of electric energy
- Treatment and reuse of sewage
- Management of generated waste
Furthermore, the Environmental Management System includes a company control procedure that evaluates conduct in terms of the environment. Through this procedure, Lanzarote Airport collaborates with environmental friendly practices of the companies operating in the airport grounds and, at the same time, controls the environmental issues of others that could affect the airport.
Reduction of electric energy consumption and reduction of carbon footprint
Taking into account that electric energy is generated based on petroleum product combustion, the decrease in consumption by the Lanzarote Airport contributes to the conservation of natural resources and a reduction in atmospheric contamination.
The reduction in electricity consumption has been achieved with optimisation and minimisation actions designed to increase efficiency. The most noteworthy actions were to turn off lighting in areas of the buildings that are not used during long periods of the day. To do this, the different areas were segmented according to their use, installing partial meters and lighting the area or not according to the needs detected and creating working groups to optimise building lighting in real time, etc.
In this vein, Lanzarote airport has implemented an energy management system according to the UNE - EN 5001:2001 standard. The system obtained certification in June 2011, after an audit conducted by AENOR, and was renewed in 2012.
In 2010, to mark World Environment Day, the airport was appointed as the pilot airport of the Aena Aeropuertos network to develop the Green Airport project: this system aims to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy and CO2 emissions. Along this line, the airport has completed the first phase of the Airport Carbon Accreditation, which consisted in creating an inventory of greenhouse gas emission sources. The inventory was certified by AENOR in November 2011 according to the UNE-ISO 14064-1 standard and the Airport Carbon Accreditation scheme. The certification, renewed in 2013, shows the careful attention paid when quantifying, controlling and reducing the consumption of energy resources that produce this type of atmospheric emissions.
Airport sewage is generated by sanitary use. This water is channelled through a separate faecal water pipe network and sent, via pump stations, to the airport's own purifying plant, where it is treated.
The plant can deal with the needs of a population equal to 2,600 inhabitants and is capable of treating the chemical products produced by aeroplane toilets.
This purifying process provides:
- Purified water which, subject to regular analytical control and controlled and authorised by the relevant Regional Body, is reused in airport toilets and to water green areas. This reuse reduces the consumption of a natural resource.
- Once the analyses required by the prevailing legislation have bee carried out, the sludge produced in the water treatment may be assimilated to solid urban waste.
In compliance with the Waste Act, Lanzarote airport has installed different containers in its buildings for the selective collection of waste (glass, paper and cardboard, plastic, organic waste and batteries).
Organic, inorganic and hazardous waste (batteries, used mineral oil, fluorescent lights, tyres, etc.) are stored separately at a Clean Point, equipped according to current legislation.
Once stored, the waste is delivered to authorised waste managers. In this way, waste recycling, treatment, reuse or deposit in a legal and controlled waste tip is guaranteed.