Keeping the documented system of environmental management (ISO 14001).
The environmental policy, arising from the integrated governance system policy and following the principles of sustainable development, incorporates environmental commitments, strategic objectives and policies, and action plans in individual professional areas which affect the environmental.
Environmental protection is a major principle of Fraport Slovenija corporate philosophy. The main goal of our environmental management system (EMS) is to ensure environmental stewardship by improving environmental protection efforts and prevention or minimization of negative impacts on the environment.
As the main airport in Slovenia, we impact the environment in various ways. Thus, we have a special responsibility which we take seriously. This is proven by the integration of EMS in the strategic management of the company and fulfilment of all ISO 14001 requirements.
EMS defines company’s environmental policy and covers essential environmental aspects and their impact. Within the EMS also appropriate environmental objectives, targets and programs are introduced.
In addition to employees also contractors, lessees and other business partners and who may cause effects on the environment, are involved in carrying out the environmental policy and are therefore obliged to act in according with
In the past, the company has stepped up its continuous efforts to reduce the harmful effects of its activities on the environment also by implementing measures aimed at creating a Green Office, which is why it was the holder of the European Green Office certificate in the period 2013-2020.
The environmental policy of the company, which manages and runs Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, has been enriched through the introduction of green practices in the field of office work.
Within the European Green Office project, the company also calculate their carbon footprint and at the Level 1 Mapping (in year 2013 and 2014 - renewal) and at Level 2 Reduction (in year 2015 upgrade and in years 2016-2022 - renewal) successfully passed the Certification of Airport Carbon Accreditation, which is the only independent institutionally-endorsed carbon standard for airports.
Our environmental commitments are the following:
- taking measures to reduce aviation noise and noise from other sources,
- reducing CO2 emissions and other greenhouse gas emissions,
- promoting efficient consumption of energy, water and paper,
- taking measures to prevent pollution,
- introducing best cases of practice in the field of waste management,
- preserving biodiversity and natural values,
- prevent pollution and soil degradation,
- incorporating environmental guidelines into procedures of public procurement,
- providing training for all individuals who might cause significant environmental impacts,
- encouraging a responsible and adequate conduct in relation to educating, informing and raising awareness of all employees about the aspects of their scope of work related to the environment,
- informing about the corporate environmental policy all the company’s business partners and other persons acting for or on behalf of the company, including contractors performing their work in the location of the company,
- compliance with the conditions imposed by the environmental legislation and other requirements,
- acquiring other environmental quality standards,
- providing human and financial resources necessary for the environmental management system and their related measures,
- encouraging transparency in communication and a dialogue with interested parties.
In accordance with the environmental commitments and other requirements, we also define our strategic objectives, which are also part of the company’s sustainability strategy.
The central strategic objectives in key environmental areas are:
Keeping the documented system of environmental management (ISO 14001).
Keeping noise at such a level to enable the local citizens an improved life quality.
Entering the level of carbon neutrality in the ACA program scheme by 2025.
Reducing the share of mixed municipal waste to 10% in the total amount of waste by 2030.
Keeping noise at such a level to enable the local citizens an improved life quality;reduction and replacement of energy products harmful to the environment (heating oil, gas and diesel fuel, electricity generated by thermal power plants) for ecologically more acceptable energy sources (natural gas, renewable energy sources).
A growing proportion of renewables used (hydropower, geothermal power, solar and wind power, biomass, biogas).
In addition to the environmental commitments and strategic objectives we have also introduced policies and action plans according to individual specific areas:
- Carbon Management Plan;
- Energy Strategy;
- Mobility plan;
- Sustainable Procurement Policy;
- Printing Policy;
- Wildlife Management Plan.
We implement, maintain and document procedures to identify and assess all the aspects causing environment impact. Therefore, we have established Environmental Aspect Register which defines aspects, the importance of aspect, life cycle model and definition of emergency situations and abnormal conditions.
Here you can find the different Environmental Aspects
Noise is a constant companion to the airport and its activities, therefore we manage it carefully. According to the Decree regulating environment noise assessment, Ljubljana Airport belongs to smaller airports. For those airports the requirements of noise pollution are a bit stricter than for bigger airports with over 50,000 operations of air traffic annually.
The main sources of noise on the territory of the airport are aviation operations (take-offs and landings) on the runway caused by noise from passenger and freight air traffic and general aviation. Other sources of noise (the ones coming from road traffic, field work and other extraordinary events or incidents, etc.) are not taken into consideration when assessing our environmental impact.
The air quality in the airport area is a consequence of road and air traffic emissions, airport activities, heating of the airport facilities and other facilities from the wider local area. The air quality in this area depends primarily on the inflow of polluted air masses coming from the direction of Ljubljana and Kranj, and also on weather conditions. In the airport area we use cooling and air-conditioning devices, and heat pumps which contain substances harmful to ozone.
Drinking water is supplied to the airport complex through the use of three main sources from the direction of Krvavec, Kranj and Adergas. Water redundancy is provided through several different water sources. Inside the airport complex, the primary water supplies are connected to the secondary water supply. The watershed of the water supply system takes place in corridors of roads with side branches leading to individual facilities or building plots. A reservoir with the capacity of 300 m2 was built to provide fire extinguishing water or hydrant supply.
The company responsibly treats all categories of waste waters. In the airport area the following categories of waste waters are present:
- municipal waste waters, of which share is estimated more than 90% of the total waste water volume occurring in different airport facilities,
- industrial waste waters occurring at the location of the Fraport Slovenija Aviation Aacademy, and
- rain water runoffs from solid surfaces.
In 2018, the entire airport complex was connected to the central waste water treatment plant Domžale-Kamnik. All municipal and industrial waste waters from the airport complex are currently accumulated in a common sewage tank which is connected to the system in Spodnji Brnik. From there, waste waters run off and accumulate into the public sewerage system, which ends up in the central waste water treatment plant in Domžale.
Rainwater from clean surfaces (roofs of facilities) runs off through percolation directly into the immediate soil. Discharge of rainwater from polluted surfaces (roads, car parks, the airport apron) is carried out through the internal sewerage system with integrated adequate oil and grease separators and through percolation directly into the soil.
There are no watercourses in a wider area of the airport. Since there are no watercourses in the vicinity of the plant and the soil texture allows good percolation, rainwater coming from the airport facilities is indirectly discharged into the water bodies through percolation.
The percolation area of treated waste water is neither located in any water protection area nor at the drainage basin of the watercourses allowing bathing.
A wider area of the airport is also not located in the area of Natura 2000.
Airport activity is directly connected to the occurrence of various types of waste. A constant challenge, not only for our company but also for a wider waste management system is to recognise waste as a raw material which could circulate in closed loops in different systems.
In waste management, the EU hierarchy is our guide, which gives priority to material utilisation over energy utilisation and final disposal. Therefore, all waste is collected and adequately separated in the areas of individual activities. In order to ensure waste separation by basic fractions we have waste central ecological island and some other minor ecological waste collection centres for some other types of waste like: cartridges, waste motor oils, absorbents, oil filters, worn tires, aircraft cabin waste, etc. Adequately separated waste, according to fractions, is collected by local public waste company and waste collectors who hold necessary permits or certificates of their entry in relevant records by Slovenian Environmental Agency in order to perform that kind of activity. A certain amount of aircraft cabin waste (so-called first category waste) is destined for incineration.
The newly built central ecological island, which started operating in 2020, is equipped with modern municipal equipment and technology which enable even better quality of waste management, particularly from the aspect of waste separation during waste production at source, when waste is transferred to the collection centre.
Construction waste occurring at Ljubljana Airport account for the biggest portion of waste in the waste structure. The volume of construction waste depends on annual construction investments aimed at modernisation of the airport.
The company is the original producer of waste, which generates more than 150 tons of waste in average in calendar year or more than 200 kg of dangerous waste. In accordance with the legal requirements, which regulates the areas concerning the waste and waste oil handling, the company have waste management plan in place.
Waste structure in 2021
Waste management in 2021
In accordance with the Decree on the storage of hazardous liquids in stationary storage containers, it was required to adopt a Hazardous Liquids Management Plan for the storage facilities with the capacity over ten cubic meters in order to specify measures for prevention of leakage or spills of hazardous liquids into the environment, and to determine methods of handling with hazardous liquids in case of their uncontrolled discharge from stationary tanks, pipelines or the equipment used for filling or emptying tanks.
The company has an underground storage tank with the capacity of 50 cubic meters. Smaller amounts of hazardous substances or waste are stored or collected in the cargo warehouse and in workshop areas. Several oil separators and trap containers preventing oil from leaking and spill of hazardous liquids (f.e. fuels, waste oil, deicing fluids), are placed in several points of the airport.
The sources of electromagnetic radiation located in the airport area are: base stations for mobile telephony, air surveillance radars and transformation substations for the electricity supply of the airport area.
Air surveillance radars, owned by the Slovenian Air Traffic Control and base stations for mobile telephony are subject to mandatory monitoring in accordance with the legislation in the field of electromagnetic radiation. The monitoring results prove that the radiation exposure in the vicinity of the radars and base stations is below the legal limit values.
There are several lighted areas at the airport, particularly parking and road traffic areas (internal roads), and in the vicinity also the runway which has a light navigation system for the proper airport operation. Advertising areas are also lighted.
In accordance with the legislation governing light pollution, we are obliged to have a lighting plan in place.
The take-off and landing runway is an open space where coexistence with birds is essential. The airport operator is striving to achieve that by using different measures. However, the operator does not forget about its main responsibilities in the field of management of wildlife animals, including study, prevention, taking measures and continuous improvements.
The basic knowledge for its coexistence with birds was obtained from a long-term ecological study. The study enabled an insight into the state of biological populations, the presence of the attractiveness factors, preparation of measures to reduce the presence of bird and their monitoring.
We continuously seek and introduce new ways which are based on up-to-date systems for monitoring and reducing the presence of birds. Above all, by intervening in the environment we want to reduce the amount of food available for birds in the nature. In accordance with the study’s recommendations we have provided all suitable technical means in order to keep birds away from the airport, and we have adequately trained the staff to do so.