At Billund Airport, we want to be among the leading airports in terms of environmental solutions. Our clear goals are therefore:
• We will actively work towards the implementation of new technology and knowledge, so that the impact on nature and the environment are reduced/minimized
• We will anticipate change and be ready to tackle new environmental challenges together with the authorities
• We will create continuous improvement together with airlines and other stakeholders at the airport
• We will openly communicate, both internally and externally, about the development of Billund Airport's environmental impact
• Through education and training we will increase employee environmental awareness so that environmental considerations are given high priority in their daily work, in terms of procurement, water and energy consumption, as well as the emission of noise, smoke, particles and odours
Projects and network
To get inspiration for improvements and initiatives we are involved in the following projects and network:
• Environmental Network South: A voluntary cooperation between authorities and companies on environment and sustainability. Membership requires our airport to focus on continuous improvement on the environmental front and involves an environmental report being made every 3rd year and progress reports in the intervening years. Read more about the network here.
• The North Sea Region Programme 2007-2013: A 3-year EU project that aims to develop strategies and solutions for a more energy-efficient, sustainable and green regional air traffic at small and medium-sized airports. Read more about the EU project here.
• EcoMotion: A demonstration project for an association of companies that develop environmentally friendly electric vehicles that self-generate power using fuel cells. In this context, Billund Airport will test some vehicles here at the airport and it will probably be to pull baggage transport vehicles. Read more about the demonstration project here.
Environmental Emergency Preparedness
At the airport, we have a number of procedures and instructions to limit the scope of stoppages and accidents. For example, if an accident occurs in connection with the refuelling of an aircraft, then our environmental emergency preparedness will ensure that there are no spillages into watercourses, the soil and groundwater.
We are continuously trying to optimize and minimize the airport's energy consumption. Therefore, we have established a facility for cooling the groundwater. In this way we can use the water to cool the terminal in summer.
We continually optimize and minimize the airport's water consumption and drainage, and we have a comprehensive programme for monitoring groundwater and surface water to ensure that the operation of the airport takes into account the vulnerability of the surroundings and quality. For example, we have established equalization basins to prevent the rainfall on our land from overloading the area's watercourses. Instead, we divert a limited amount to watercourses and divert the rest of the water to seep into the groundwater.
During the winter season for security purposes, we have to use special de-icing agents on the runways, taxiways, platforms and aircraft, because ordinary de-icing agents can damage metals. The agents used at the airport contain glycol (aircraft) and sodium/calcium formate (runways and taxiways). We avoid spillage during de-icing of the aircraft with a special platform from which we can collect the residue and send it to the treatment plant.
We are very careful with the handling of our waste and sorting it and getting it delivered to the right places. Waste is a bit of a challenge as 2.6 million passengers each year and approximately 680 full-time employees produce a lot of waste at the airport. On top of that there is the waste from the aircraft and the airport's daily operations. We therefore have two waste yards at the airport, where we sort and store waste before sending it on for recycling, incineration or special treatment.
We try wherever possible to reduce the noise of our airport for the sake of our neighbours in the town of Billund. In particular, starting and landing aircraft that are noisy, and we have managed to limit the noise for our neighbours in the north of Billund by allowing the large aircraft to turn 30 degrees away from the town when they fly west. For the same reason we limit our code of practice for training flights with larger aircraft and helicopter operations and we do not allow the noisiest aircraft to fly from our airport at night. Aircraft engine tests are a necessity, but because they are also very noisy, we have created a testing area that is surrounded by earth embankments that reduce the noise and the testing procedures are limited to specific times.