Aware of its social responsibility, Melilla airport knows that it is almost impossible for its activities to have no impact whatsoever on the environment but it is able to ensure the impact is kept to an absolute minimum in order to safeguard its surroundings. To do this it has introduced an Environmental Management System (EMS) to monitor the impact its activities may have on the environment.
This system is applied to activities carried out by Aena at Melilla airport, which include the management and maintenance of facilities and infrastructures and airport services. Using this system, Aena identifies and monitors environmental aspects of its activities and tries to reduce the impact generated by these.
Following Aena's environmental policy, the airport has pledged to maintain the ISO 14001 certification that it received in 2005. To do this, strategies and resources are constantly being established which benefit the EMS, favour environmental protection and ensure continual improvement.
As well as Aena, there are other companies undertaking their activities in the airport (handling, catering, vehicle hire, etc.). Aspects of the activities of these concessionaries, which could affect the airport's environmental management, are identified and monitored.
The most important measures undertaken at Melilla airport, in accordance with the collaborative agreement between Aena and the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA), between May 2002 and October 2003, include the installation of a meteorological tower, the aim of which is to compile data facilitating the viability study for any renewable energies which may be introduced at the airport. The conclusions from the analysis of this data were that the airport does not have wind power generating potential but that it does offer great opportunities for photovoltaic facilities which will be installed at a future date.
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