The Environment
 
 

​​​​Airports company South Africa and the environment


Airports Company South Africa is committed to promoting a healthy environment, and to preserving it for the benefit of present and future generations. Our concern with the environment goes to the heart of our focus on sustainability. Our approach is therefore to continue to entrench sound environmental management philosophies and business practices that will sustain Airport company South Africa’s value into the future.​

 

Environmental management​

Our approach to environmental management is based on the simple model of plan, develop, implement, audit and review to ensure continual improvement.

Airport Company South Africa complies with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Environmental Conservation Act, and the White Paper on Aircraft Noise and Engine Emissions. Our policies and procedures are developed in accordance with national legislation and address aircraft noise, bird management, storm-water run-off, air quality and occupational health and safety.

Airports Company South Africa’s environmental management system is aligned with the ISO 14001 standard. Cape Town International Airport, Port Elizabeth International Airport, Upington International Airport, East London and George Airport are ISO 14001 certified. Part of the company’s environmental strategy is to obtain ISO certification for the other airports within the group in the next 3 years.

We have also:

  • Taken a number of steps to alleviate noise pollution, including changes to flight frequency over the same areas and flight patterns

  • Formed alliances with local authorities in neighbouring areas to enforce zoning prohibitions

  • Provided input to the Department of Transport for a draft national policy on noise pollution

  • Measured noise levels over Pretoria to test provincial legislation against standards set by the SABS

  • Lobbied airlines for quieter aircraft and participated in international forums to develop strategies to deal with the problem

  • Introduced water and energy conservation, waste management and alien vegetation removal programmes

We minimise the impact on storm and ground water by using a specialised product to clear and safely dispose of apron spillages, and monitor storm water monthly to ensure it is not polluted.

In the past, Airports Company South Africa partnered with the Endangered Wildlife Trust to minimise bird strikes and other contact with wildlife by applying environmentally sensitive management techniques. Environmental teams at the relevant airports are now fully skilled to deliver this function independently.

Environmental Policy​

Airports Company South Africa, as a world-class airport operator acknowledges that airport activities and operations may have diverse impacts on environment and therefore accepts our stewardship role of responsible care for the environment.

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Wildlife Management​

Airports Company South Africa's comprehensive Geographic Information Systems (GIS) wildlife management system upgraded to reduce the risk of costly and dangerous bird strikes​.

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​Bird Aircraft Interaction​

It is widely recognised that bird strikes pose a serious safety risk to the international aviation industry. Bird hazard management received specific attention as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment process for the King Shaka International airport now being constructed north of Durban.

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Project Blaauwpan Dam ​

In 2006, aviation fuel leaked from the airport fuel system into the storm-water system, which flows into the Blaauwpan Dam.

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