Strasbourg Airport Environmental Policy
Strasbourg Airport equips, operates and develops the airport platform, whilst continuously striving to manage the impact of its activity on the environment.
The three key priorities of Airport Management are to contribute to environmental noise quality, to limit emissions into the air and water and to rationalise energy usage.
A comprehensive policy for the protection of the environment has been applied to all activities on the airport platform since 1 January 2001. The Airport pursues an objective of sustainable development, based on compliance with the regulations and with the commitments made to satisfy the expectations of institutional and private partners, both national and local. This approach is broken down into eight areas of action:
- Natural environments
- Environmental policy
The Strasbourg Airport Environmental Policy is drawn up in an Environment Charter.
The 4th Environment Charter, now in progress, covers the period from 2016 to 2020. It was produced in consultation with the Consultative Commission on the Environment and its permanent committee.
STRASBOURG AIRPORT ENVIRONMENT CHARTER
This 4th Environment Charter, which applies for a period of 5 years, once again demonstrates the Airport's credentials on the environment. It reflects its determination to continue to control its impact on the environment and to carry on the actions undertaken under the previous charters.
The Environment Charter contains a number of notable steps forward, such as SYMBIOSE, the aircraft noise measurement system, controlled storm water drainage management, or STEED, the collective selective waste management system, as well as dealing with new subjects such as the 400 Hz aircraft ground power frequency converter or the recovery of glycol runoff.
The scope of this charter is also wider, with new actions on corporate social responsibility.
Every year a presentation is made to the Environmental Advisory Committee on the implementation of the actions, and an annual Environment Report reviewing the actions is drawn up. It can be downloaded via the link below.
ENVIRONMENT report 2015
The principal mission of the Technical Division of Strasbourg Airport is to develop and implement the airport’s environmental policy in accordance with the programme established in the Environment Charter.
Presentation of various consultative bodies and their missions
CONSULTATIVE COMMISSION ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND ITS PERMANENT COMMITTE
The members of the Commission Consultative de l’Environnement (Consultative Commission on the Environment) are divided into three colleges, each comprising nine full members and nine deputy members.
- Local Authorities (representatives of the Region of Alsace, the Department of Bas-Rhin, the Eurometropole and municipalities affected by noise)
- Aviation Professions (representatives of airport personnel, airport users and Strasbourg Airport)
- Associations (representatives of environmental protection organisations and community associations)
The permanent committee of the Consultative Commission on the Environment is composed of:
- Three full members and three deputy members chosen from the College of Local Authorities
- Three full members and three deputy members chosen from the College of Aviation Professions
- Three full members and three deputy members chosen from the College of Associations
The Director of the Civil Aviation Authority (North East), the Regional Director of the Environment, Development and Housing and the Departmental Director of the Territories also attend the meetings, but are not entitled to vote. The Commission is chaired by the Prefect of Bas-Rhin or by his/her representative. Strasbourg Airport is responsible for secretarial duties.
The Consultative Commission on the Environment is consulted on all major issues relating to the impact of operations in zones affected by noise pollution. And, more generally, it is informed of the progress of the actions in the Environment Charter.
CONSULTATIVE COMMISSION FOR COMMUNITY SUPPORT
The Commission Consultative d’Aide aux Riverains (Consultative Commission for Community Support) is consulted during the approval phase of the Plan de Gêne Sonore (PGS) (Noise Pollution Map) and with regard to the allocation of sound-proofing grants for airport residents in the zones targeted by the PGS. This map was approved by a prefectoral decision on 24 December 2003.
The permanent committee of the Consultative Commission on the Environment is called to sit as the Consultative Commission for Community Support.
This scheme is aimed at those living and working in the vicinity of Strasbourg Airport, whose premises meet the three eligibility criteria below:
- Location: The premises must be located within the Plan de Gêne Sonore (PGS) produced by Strasbourg Airport on 24/12/2003.
- Prior existence of the structure: The date on which the construction authorisation was granted must be prior to 7 September 2004, the publication date of the Plan d’Exposition au Bruit (PEB) (Noise Exposure Map) currently in force.
- Type of premises: Aid is granted solely to premises used in whole or in part as housing, as educational institutions and for health and social purposes.
Since 1 January 2004, the management of the sound-proofing grant scheme has been entrusted by law to airport operators (in this instance to Strasbourg Airport), which receive the income from taxes paid by aviation companies. Since 1 January 2005, this tax has been known as the TNSA: Taxe sur les Nuisances Sonores Aériennes (Tax on Aviation Noise Pollution).
Strasbourg Airport thus succeeds the Agence De l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’Energie (ADEME) (Agency for the Environment and for Energy Management). It provides grants for acoustic diagnostics and sound-proofing works, according to precise eligibility criteria and after funding is accepted by the Consultative Commission for Community Support, chaired by the Prefect of Bas-Rhin or his/her representative.
In addition to the administrative management of applications for sound-proofing grants, Strasbourg Airport has a threefold mission in this area: to support residents to prepare their applications, to inform residents of the progress of their applications and to help residents to organise works in order to guarantee the quality of works carried out.
The Airport’s approach is part of a desire to monitor quality and compliance at each stage, in order to closely manage the tax revenues. The priority is to enable as many residents as possible to benefit from the sound-proofing grant programme.
The SYMBIOSE System
Strasbourg Airport has an automatic system for monitoring noise and following flight paths in the vicinity of the airport. This system is called SYMBIOSE, SYstème de Mesure du Bruit, d'Information et d'Observation de Strasbourg–Entzheim (System for the Measurement of Noise, Information and Observation of Strasbourg-Entzheim); it has been in operation since 1 January 2002 and was fully modernised in 2012.
SYMBIOSE comprises three fixed stations and one mobile station linked to an analysis system, which correlates the noise information measured and recorded with radar information about the flights from the Civil Aviation Authority (North East). When the noise incident is caused by an aeroplane, cross-referencing of the data allows the precise identification of the machine that triggered the incident.
SYMBIOSE Monthly Bulletins:
A monthly information bulletin is sent to the members of the Consultative Commission on the Environment.
A valuable tool for dialogue, the content of this bulletin complies with the recommendations of the Autorité de Contrôle des Nuisances Aéroportuaires (ACNUSA) (Authority for Airport Noise Control) and is revised in response to its readers’ observations. As a result, two versions of the SYMBIOSE monthly bulletin have been published since August 2013, one relating to aircraft based at Strasbourg-Entzheim and the other relating to commercial flights.
These bulletins are primarily a transparent response to questions from residents and a tool for monitoring aircraft noise, as part of the Airport’s Environmental Policy.
Download the SYMBIOSE Bulletins
In accordance with its commitments, the airport responds to specific requests from residents, as the system used allows it to provide information on a noise incident or flight that made a noticeable impression.
Memorandum of Understanding:
In 1998, a memorandum of understanding “for the sustainable development of the airport, in the service of the regional economy, in respect of residents’ quality of life” was adopted in the Consultative Commission on the Environment.
Download the Memorandum of Understanding
Download the Annex to the Memorandum of Understanding
A summary of flights occurring between 23:00 and 06:00 (hours defined in the Memorandum of Understanding) is produced monthly in the SYMBIOSE bulletins.
The ASPA (Association pour la Surveillance et l’Étude de la Pollution Atmosphérique en Alsace) (Association for the Surveillance and Study of Atmospheric Pollution in Alsace) monitors and studies the air quality in Alsace. Its quadripartite Management Board includes representatives from the State, local authorities, principal emitters in Alsace, organisations for environmental and consumer protection and qualified persons.
As part of its commitment to support the actions and research carried out by ASPA, the Airport has joined the Association as an “emitter”, following a decision of the ASPA Management Board on 10 May 2001. The close partnership between ASPA and the Airport has resulted in particular in the implementation of specific studies on site and in the vicinity of the airport since 2000.
Air Quality Measurement Campaigns
Since 2000, ASPA has run a measurement campaign every year, which for the last few years has alternated between a winter campaign and a summer campaign.
Passive tubes are installed in the airport and in neighbouring municipalities to capture pollutants, i.e. NO2, BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene), SO2 and particles (PM10, PM2.5).
A report is produced following winter and summer measurement campaigns, which can be downloaded below.
These various reports demonstrate the limited influence of airport activities on the surrounding communities and show that regulatory limits were not exceeded during the measurement campaigns.
Airport waste management
In September 2002, Strasbourg Airport implemented the collective and selective management of Ordinary Industrial Waste. This system, called STEED, Service de Tri Écologique et Économique des Déchets (Environmental and Economical Waste Sorting Service) offers producers the means to sort Ordinary Industrial Waste at source. Waste collected includes paper/cardboard, household waste and plastic films. The collection system also offers solutions for producers of various types of Hazardous Industrial Waste: door-to-door collection of mixed hazardous waste and used oils; door-to-door collection of light sources from major producers and centralised services for small producers provided by Airport services; voluntary return points for batteries, etc.
Collection guides for ordinary and hazardous industrial waste are available to help users in sorting their waste.
Quarterly STEED information bulletins provide regular information on the system’s performance:
- for ordinary waste, by telephone on 06 84 35 74 34
- for hazardous waste, by email at email@example.com