Corporate Responsibility

General information

In balance with the environment

Eindhoven Airport is the largest regional Airport in the Netherlands. The airport is used for both civilian and military traffic. Eindhoven Airport is a regional airport located  7,5 km west of Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Eindhoven Airport is also located just off the A2 motorway which offers direct connections to the west and south of the country. In terms of the number of served passengers it is the second largest airport in the Netherlands.

Eindhoven Airport has a mission. Eindhoven Airport wants to be a multimodal, sustainable transportation hub, so that the airport contributes to the economic growth in Southeast Brabant. A modern airport, where speed and experience are added values. A modern airport also means that we want to be one of the leaders in the field of sustainability.

Open communication with the community and local and regional authorities  contributes to mutual understanding of each other's interests and capabilities and is the first step to good cooperation.

The Alders table Eindhoven was created in collaboration with ministries, county, municipalities, residents, environmentalists and industry representatives in the region and with Eindhoven Airport to agree on a responsible and sustainable growth of Eindhoven Airport for the period until 2020.

Policy statement
Eindhoven Airport NV attaches great importance to a good society, and sustainability has a significant role in this respect. For our policy statement, please click here.

Environment

Environmental management system
Eindhoven Airport NV has an environmental management system that complies with the NEN 14001:2004 standard. Internal and external audits are carried out every year within the framework of continuous improvement and constantly testing our own environmental management system.

Air
TNO (the independent Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research) has carried out a number of studies of emissions. These show that emissions from the airport are relatively low. Some of the emissions are caused by aircraft movements, others are caused by ground handling operations.

The vast majority of aircraft movements at Eindhoven Airport are carried out with so-called ‘Chapter 4’ aircrafts. These aircrafts use modern engines that produce less noise. Through the use of modern technology, air pollution is decreased as well.

Soil
Eindhoven Airport has a soil management plan that has been set up to limit and manage the risks of soil contamination due to operational activities.

Waste
Earlier investigations have revealed that the integral waste handling by users of the airport is well-organized. In order to successfully continue the monitoring of the collection and disposal of waste flows, a recycling park has been set up next to the terminal. The park comprises a compactor for non-recyclable waste, underground glass, paper and plastic containers and specific food containers for caterers and for customs.

Energy and water
In order to limit the use of energy in the terminal as much as possible, various investments have been made such as:

Building management system

This system makes it possible to monitor energy and water use and to make adaptations where needed.

Aquifer

The Aquifer has been installed to control the climate in the terminal. The water is drawn from a depth of 65 meters and connected to the floor heating in the terminal via a heat exchanger and heat pump. The heated water is then stored at a depth of 65 meters. In the summer months this facility provides the necessary cooling. Ground water extraction is minimal because the water is recaptured.

Grey water system

A buffer has been installed on the airport site to collect rainwater. The system has been constructed in such a way that the water in the underground storage is also used for flushing toilets and urinals (grey water).

Double HR++ Glazing in the terminal

This type of glass results in substantial energy savings and insulates better than standard double glazing.

LED lighting

The standard lighting armatures of the emergency exits, information signs and car park P5 have been replaced with LED lighting. In the departures lounge and arrivals hall there is daylight-dependent lighting. Additionally, motion sensor lighting has been placed in the offices and terminal.

Noise

Noise monitoring terminals
Noise is one the most important environmental aspect of the airport. In order to monitor the noise, Eindhoven Airport has placed nine noise monitoring terminals in the vicinity of the airport. These terminals monitor noise events and send data to ANOMS on a daily basis to be correlated with the civil air traffic.

Airport Noise and Operations Monitoring System (ANOMS)
Eindhoven Airport has fixed arrival and departure routes that must be adhered to by regular air traffic. When determining these routes the location of the living areas, that had to be avoided as much as possible in view of noise reduction, was taken into consideration. In order to determine the actual routes flown and the corresponding altitudes of the aircrafts, Eindhoven Airport has an Airport Noise and Operations Monitoring System (ANOMS).

This system operates on the basis of flight data and radar images. The Eindhoven Airport noise complaints data system is also linked to ANOMS. The system is able to render the current situation of the airspace above Eindhoven, to replay and analyze a specific aircraft movement at a later time, to link data and, finally, to generate reports.

Of all flights that fall within the air traffic control area of Eindhoven, ANOMS registers routes, heights and aircraft identity data. In case of questions or complaints, the stored data can be queried from the system in order to get a clearer idea of what has happened in the air.

ANOMS  is linked via a WebTrak-module to the website www.samenopdehoogte.nl (meaning together in touch)

Samen op de hoogte

Together in touch

The samenopdehoogte.nl website is an initiative of the Alders Platform Eindhoven. This is the forum for the growth of Eindhoven Airport. Regional and local authorities, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, the aviation sector, various interest groups and local community take part in the Alders platform.

You will find all important information about the civil air traffic. Transparent, fast and easy. For example, find out where the airport is used for, what the rules mean to you or see exactly how often civil flights pass over your house. This website has no information on military aircrafts.

For more information: http://samenopdehoogte.nl/

Complaints about air traffic
Via the website samenopdehoogte.nl you may submit a complaint about a specific civil aircraft or nuisance caused by traffic at a certain time, by completing the application form. http://samenopdehoogte.nl/vraag-melding-indienen

You can also submit a complaint via phone: 31 (0) 40 289 61 33 or +31 (0) 40 289 61 44.

 

Committee of Environmental Consultation and Information

Committee of Environmental Consultation and Information

Eindhoven Air Base has established an Committee of Environmental Consultation and Information

Administrative representatives and the community take part in this committee that have been appointed by the municipal administrations of the municipalities of Eindhoven, Best, Eersel, Oirschot and Veldhoven. Other representatives are from Eindhoven Airport, the airline companies, the Brabant Environmental Federation, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, and the Ministry of Defence. President is the Deputy for the Environment of the Province of North-Brabant.

The tasks of the committee are:

  • To ensure that Eindhoven Air Base does not cause more nuisance than is allowed in the legally established noise zone.
  • To provide the Minister of Defence and other representatives with solicited and unsolicited advice on ways to reduce nuisance in response to, for example, complaints.
  • To provide information and to educate the public with regard to aspects of noise and external security that result from the use of the Air Base by both military and civil air traffic.
  • To consult about measures or regulations concerning nuisance, external security and civil co-use.

COVM meets four times per year; these meetings are public. The dates of the COVM meetings are published beforehand in local door-to-door newspapers.

Secretariat COVM: PO Box 412, 5000 AK Tilburg.

 

Sustainability and innovation

Airport Carbon Accreditation

Eindhoven Airport wants to become part of the leading European airports in the field of sustainability. This has been set into the concrete goal of acquiring ACI Europe’s highest level of accreditation for carbon reduction, which is the level of ‘Airport Carbon Accredited for Carbon Neutrality’, before 2015.

Airport Carbon Accreditation is an independent programme administered by WSP Environment & Energy, an international consultancy appointed by ACI EUROPE to enforce the accreditation criteria for airports on an annual basis. The administration of the programme is overseen by an Advisory Board. Airports must have carbon footprints independently verified in accordance with ISO14064 (Greenhouse Gas Accounting). Evidence of this must be provided to the administrator together with all claims regarding carbon management processes which must also be independently verified.

Recognition of these efforts is ensured by four levels of accreditation. The step-by-step process encourages airports to reduce their carbon emissions with the ultimate goal of a carbon neutral airport. The four levels of accreditation are: Mapping, Reduction, Optimisation and Neutrality.

Level 1: Mapping required

  • Determining the emissions sources within the operational boundaries and control of the airport.
  • Calculating the annual carbon emissions.
  • Compiling a carbon footprint report.
  • Engaging a third party to verify the carbon footprint report.

Level 2: Reduction required

  • Meeting the requirements of level 1 ‘Mapping’.
  • Providing evidence of effective carbon management procedures.
  • Showing that reduction targets have been achieved.

Level 3: Optimisation required

  • Meeting the requirements of level 1 ‘Mapping and level 2 ‘Reduction’.
  • Widen the scope of carbon footprint to include the annual emissions of third parties at and around the airport.
  • Engaging these third parties.

Level 3+: Neutrality required

  • Meeting the requirements of level 1 ‘Mapping, level 2 ‘Reduction’ and level 3 ‘Optimisation’.
  • Offsetting remaining emissions to achieve a carbon neutral airport for all emissions over which the airport has control.

For more information, please see: http://www.airportcarbonaccreditation.org/

Innovation

One of the agreements of the Alders Advice of the Alders Platform Eindhoven is to involve the economic and innovative power of the industry as well as the knowledge institutes of Brabant to add content to and to advance the sustainability development of Eindhoven Airport. Brainport Foundation has a leading role in this process. Eindhoven Airport favours an active participation in these so-called innovation clusters and will open up the airport to the development and application of innovations that are developed within these clusters and that fit the ambition of this theme.

D-AIR
D-AIR is a knowledge exchange project in the field of energy and sustainable transport.
D-AIR unites ten regions with 14 partner organisations, consisting of public authorities and airports, all having the ambitions to significantly reduce carbon emissions linked to airport operations. Eindhoven Airport is one of the 14 partner organisations in this project.

D-AIR has an important contribution to converting airports into ecologically sustainable transportation hubs. It focuses on two main elements: carbon neutrality of airport operations and a sustainable surface access to the airport. The project pays special attention to optimizing the involvement of business and R&D communities as well as to new innovative products and services.

For more information, please see: http://www.dairproject.eu/