Billund Airport wants to be among the leading airports when it comes to environmental solutions. Therefore our clear objectives are:
- We will actively work for the implementation of new technology and know-how in order to reduce/minimise the impact on nature and the environment.
- We will anticipate changes and be prepared for handling new environmental challenges together with the authorities.
- We will bring about continuous improvements together with airlines and other operators at the airport.
- We will openly, both internally and externally, provide information on the development in Billund Airport’s impact on the environment.
- Through information and training, we will increase our employees’ environmental awareness so that environmental concerns are given a high priority in the day-to-day operations, both when it comes to procurement, water and energy consumption and the emission of noise, smoke, particles and smell.
Projects and network
In order to find inspiration for improvements and initiatives, we are partners of Green Network, a voluntary network focusing on CSR, including the environment. In this partnership we submit a voluntary environmental report in which we undertake to focus on continuous improvements within the environmental area. An environmental report is to be prepared every third year, setting objectives and specifying action plans for the next three years.
Environmental contingency measures
At the airport we follow a number of procedures and instructions which are to limit the scope of service interruptions and accidents. In case of an accident, e.g. in connection with the refuelling of an aircraft, our environmental contingency measures prevent any discharge into the water environment, the soil and the groundwater. At the same time they ensure correct and sufficient clean-up after the accident.
Wherever possible, we try to limit the noise from the airport in the interest of our neighbours in the town of Billund and in the area surrounding the airport in general. Especially the noise from aircraft taking off and landing. The introduction of a compulsory 30 degree right-turn for westbound takeoffs limits the inconvenience from noise to our neighbours in the northern part of Billund. For the very same reason, our code of practice limits training flights with big aircraft and helicopter operations, and we do not allow the noisiest types of aircraft to take off from the airport at night.
The testing of aircraft engines is a necessity, but as this is also a noisy operation, a testing area surrounded by a bank of earth which provides a shield against the noise has been established. Moreover, testing has been confined to specific times and durations.
We have an extensive programme which monitors ground and surface water, ensuring that the airport operations take into account the vulnerability and the quality of the surroundings. We have, for example, established ditches for delaying the movement and percolation of rainfall on our land in order to prevent overloading the local watercourses.
During the winter, we need to use de-icing agents on runways, taxiways, platforms and aircraft for safety reasons. The agents used at the airport contain glycol (aircraft) and sodium/potassium formate (runways and taxiways) respectively. We avoid spillage by de-icing the aircraft on a special platform from which we can collect the de-icing residue for controlled discharge to a purification plant.
The operation of the airport itself generates substantial quantities of waste, plus waste from the aircraft and external operators. We carefully sort and manage our waste. The airport has a waste manual describing the correct procedure for sorting and managing waste, and the airport has established a waste-collection facility for the external operators at the airport.
We continuously try to optimise and minimise the airport's energy consumption. The airport has replaced the majority of all lights with more energy-efficient alternatives, and we continue our efforts to optimise the operation of heating and ventilation plants. During the summer, the terminal building is cooled by means groundwater being re-circulated which results in a 80% reduction of the energy consumption compared to cooling by means of traditional, electrically powered compressors.
The airport is gradually replacing its rolling stock with more energy-efficient electric vehicles, and ordinary diesel has been replaced by diesel with reduced particles emission, which also improves the working environment at the apron.