Environmental management

The Málaga-Costa del Sol has implemented an Environmental Management System that identifies all aspects that have a significant impact on the environment.

Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport has an environmental management system (EMS) which was certified in 2003, in accordance with international standard UNE-EN-ISO-14001. This enables the rigorous, documented and co-ordinated study of each of the environmental aspects arising from its activities, identifying those which have, or might have, a significant impact on the environment, ensuring compliance with the legal requirements applicable to environmental matters, and general compliance with the environmental policy signed by Aena.

The EMS also permits environmental monitoring of other companies working in the airport, using the Company Control procedure.

In recent years, the airport has undergone the largest transformation in its history, consisting of a number of actions as part of Plan Málaga. This initiative arose to provide a quality response to the increase in passenger numbers, mainly due to the strong growth of tourism to the Costa del Sol, with a commitment to making Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport a benchmark for the tourist airports of the Mediterranean.

The extension carried out as part of Plan Málaga changed the layout and appearance of the airport, with the new T3 terminal, parking building, renovated electrical system, improved access, new general aviation terminal, area for aeronautical activities and the construction of a second runway, with associated work such as taking the railway link underground and the new southern power plant.

The joint environmental impact assessment for the work to extend the airport is covered by the following Environmental Impact Statements:

  • “Resolution of 2 September 2003, by the General Secretariat for the Environment, formulating an Environmental Impact Statement on the project to extend Malaga Airport.”
  • “Resolution of 21 June 2006 by the General Secretariat for the Prevention of Pollution and Climate Change, formulating an Environmental Impact Statement on the project to extend the airfield at Malaga Airport.”

The AENA-Plan Málaga Environmental Department observed compliance during the construction phase of all the measures included in both EIS for the corresponding projects and work.

Once the above actions become operational, the corresponding EIS establishes a series of environmental monitoring and surveillance measures to be adopted by the airport, which will become part of its Environmental Management System. Taken together, the main measures established by the two resolutions are the following:

  • Monitoring the piezometric levels and quality of aquifers using a network of control piezometers.
  • Monitoring air quality by registering the immission levels of atmospheric pollutants in two monitors.
  • Establishing a noise monitoring network around the airport.
  • Waste water treatment.
  • Treating rainwater from areas with possible pollutant leaching in hydrocarbon separators.
  • Plan to manage the waste from the new infrastructure.