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Environmental and Energy Management Policy

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The environmental policy of the Riga Airport is focussed on the sustainable development, caring attitude to  the environment and to the community. We assume responsibility for the environmental impact of Airport operations and it is important for us to prevent or reduce the adverse effects of Airport activities on air quality, soil, surface and groundwater, control noise pollution and reduce Airport’s total energy consumption. To implement the Environmental and Energy Management Policy, certain basic principles and specific principles in the field of environmental protection and energy management are set.

 


Riga Airport provides aircraft and passenger services, safe operation of the aerodrome, as well as maintenance and development of the Airport infrastructure in accordance with the principles of sustainable development, taking into account environmental, economic and social aspects and complying with legal norms, as well as requirements of ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 standards.

Basic principles:

  • To comply with the environmental protection and energy management requirements provided for in the applicable laws and regulations, and perform assessment of Airport’s operations in order to ensure compliance with the specified requirements.
  • To systematically carry out environmental monitoring and ensure that the quality of the environment does not deteriorate and, where possible, improve the quality of the environment in accordance with the company’s financial and technical capabilities.
  • To establish strict control measures and monitor compliance with the key environmental aspects of the Airport, and make them known to Airport staff and third parties working in the Airport area.
  • To create and raise environmental awareness among Airport staff, ensuring rational use of natural resources.
  • To collaborate with airlines and Airport partners to jointly find solutions to the key environmental issues that are beyond the direct control of the Airport, such as aircraft noise.
  • To reduce Airport’s energy consumption, improve energy efficiency of its buildings, infrastructure and equipment.
  • To periodically analyse Airport’s performance in the field of environmental protection and energy efficiency and identify the necessary improvement measures.
  • To provide interested parties with fully-fledged information on the Airport’s Environmental and Energy Policy and significant environmental protection measures.


Specific principles:

Noise
To perform aircraft noise monitoring, provide up-to-date information on aircraft noise exposure areas, and take active action to reduce aircraft noise.

Energy and CO2
To achieve continuous improvement of energy efficiency and systematically reduce CO2 emissions through the introduction of an energy policy that will:

  • Continuously improve energy efficiency;
  • Communicate the importance of the energy management system in the organisation and promote staff training and development activities;
  • Set energy management goals and energy target indicators, as well as provide availability of information and resources necessary for the achievement thereof;
  • Ensure compliance of energy performance indicators with the needs of the organisation, measure and report results at specified intervals;
  • Support purchase of energy-efficient products and services, as well as plan measures to improve energy efficiency;
  • Take into account long-term improvements of energy efficiency, and constantly improve the performance of the organisation through regular reviews of the management of the energy management system.

Waste
To reduce the amount of unsorted municipal waste generated by the Airport, by optimising waste sorting and thus providing the highest possible amount of municipal waste that is handed over for recycling.

Surface water
To ensure that rainwater is treated before it reaches surface water, thus preventing contamination from entering the drainage ditches and the River Neriņa.

Ground and groundwater
To prevent contamination from entering ground and groundwater; to provide remediation of historically contaminated sites.

Procurements
To apply the green public procurement criteria for drawing up and evaluating procurement documentation.