Taking care of the environment is an integral part of our operations; therefore, we make sure that our operations are as environmentally friendly and attentive as possible. Namely, the volume of greenhouse gases in the emission sources should be small, but the energy consumption – rational and well-thought-out. This is ensured through the implemented environmental management system and certified in accordance with the requirements of the ISO 14001 standard and the energy management system certified in accordance with the requirements of the ISO 50001 standard.
To become a carbon-neutral airport, we have been accredited for the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) programme along with more than 340 other airports around the world, certifying to Level 2 in 2020.
We have also joined the ACI Net Zero 2050 initiative, reaffirming our commitment to achieve a complete reduction of CO2 emissions in the emission sources under the direct control of the Airport by the year 2050.
The Environmental and Energy Management Policy is binding not only on our employees, but also on the tenants of the territory and aerodrome service providers, whose activities are regularly monitored.
We provide an assessment of energy consumption every three months, paying special attention to the facilities where deviations in energy consumption reach at least 15%.
We use the services of accredited laboratories to control the quality of rainwater and domestic wastewater. We inspect, clean and maintain the equipment at least semi-annually or quarterly. A total of 14 oil product separators are located in the Airport territory.
We are also monitoring the response of the surrounding forest ecosystem, including the Beberbeķi Nature Park, to aircraft emissions.
We have been monitoring the impact on biodiversity since 2017, within the framework of a special programme, carrying out an inventory of geese and cranes, as well as birds of prey and swallows, and monitoring the gull colonies of Lake Babīte.
The population living near the Airport is most affected by aircraft noise; therefore, since 2008, continuous aircraft noise measurements are made at four stations; in addition, we collect aircraft flight radar data and develop a Strategic Noise Map and Noise Reduction Action Plan every five years.