The airport performs air quality control tests in two huts equipped to measure and register atmospheric pollutants.
Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport has two air quality monitoring points on the airport grounds; they are equipped to measure and register immission levels of atmospheric pollutants. These stations automatically measure the concentrations of the following pollutants: carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen monoxide and dioxide, ozone and volatile organic compounds. From the first quarter of 2013 lead and benzene will also be measured. The monitors are also equipped with a weather station. This equipment checks the degree of compliance with the reference levels set by the regulations.
Combustion in the motors of vehicles and machinery and the electricity generators in the power plant are potential sources of pollutant emissions. The latter are emergency equipment and most of their running time is scheduled for maintenance purposes, so these are not regarded as systematic points of emissions. Controlling emissions is based on preventative maintenance and monitoring their running times.
To control emissions from vehicles and equipment, as well as optimising their use, there are maintenance schedules designed to minimise pollutant gas emissions.
For the prevention of legionella, the airport air-conditioning systems do not include cooling towers or evaporating condensers, which constitute a high risk for contamination with Legionella Pneumophila. The facilities in the airport which are subject to regulations belong to the low-risk group.