In order to demonstrate the high degree of corporate significance accorded to corporate environmental protection and the environmental management of airport operator Flughafen Hamburg GmbH (FHG) FHG’s senior management implemented an environmental charter as early as 1998. This charter consists of 5 environmental guidelines, upon which all FHG environmental protection activities are based.
Environmental protection is an integral part of our corporate strategy
We avoid making an environmental impact wherever possible. We use energy and raw materials as economically as possible, making sensible use of them. When making new investments we avail ourselves of the best technology available. We also exert our influence over our clients and contractual partners in the spirit of this objective.
Our environmental protection measures go far beyond the legal requirements
We adhere to legal regulations. As an innovative, environmentally conscious company we wish to ensure that the impact on the environment caused by operating an airport is reduced over and above these minimum requirements.
We see environmental protection as a process of continuous improvement
We record, document and evaluate the activities which have an impact on the environment to enable us to recognise potential for improvements. We wish to move our corporate environmental protection programme forward by providing our personnel with extensive instruction and training. We set ourselves verifiable targets for the improvement of our environmental protection.
We all have a responsibility for the environment
At Hamburg Airport we reinforce the feeling of being responsible for the environment. We invite every employee to make suggestions for improving corporate environmental protection within the scope of our corporate proposals programme or by getting in touch with those directly responsible.
We take into account the interests of those around us
We conduct an open, critical dialogue with the general public. It includes information regarding the environmental impact of our company. We take the public’s suggestions, questions and criticism seriously.
Environmental management on site
Environmental management means nothing more or less than a company applying its own environmental protection measures as effectively and focusedly as possible. The principal guidelines in this regard are the company’s own environmental policies – for FHG this means our Environmental Charter. In order to meet the targets formulated in the charter Hamburg Airport collects all environment-related data and evaluates it regularly. Based on this data and environmental regulations Hamburg Airport regularly compiles a set of measures designed to achieve environment-related goals and targets. Additional elements of the environmental management system are clearly identified environmental accountability; defined process flows for the most environmentally friendly operating processes possible; regular internal appraisals, reports and evaluations.
In this regard FHG views it as particularly important that a high degree of consistency in organised environmental management is achieved. For this reason FHG has had its system regularly audited and certified by independent experts since July 1998. These external audits can be carried out in accordance with two international standards recognised EU-wide: the internationally recognised ISO 14.001 norm and the EMAS directive, valid in the EU. Both sets of regulations contain similar elements. EMAS, however, demands that the public be provided with somewhat more information regarding environmental activities. This takes place in the form of an environmental charter which provides detailed information on all environmental protection-related issues every three years.
Hamburg Airport has already published four of these environmental charters. The Environmental Statement which contains the environmental goals for the next three years was published in october 2008. It's available in the download section.