Brussels Airport signs Circular Procurement Green Deal
The deal implies that the airport operator undertakes to procure high-quality raw materials, equipment or products that can be recycled after use.
June 12, 2017
By PLA Editor
Brussels Airport Company is signing up to the Flemish Government’s Circular Procurement Green Deal. This implies that, over the coming two years, the airport operator undertakes – where possible –to procure high-quality raw materials, equipment or products that can be recycled after use. Brussels Airport has invested heavily in renewable materials and energy in recent years.
Brussels Airport Company has long been committed to improving its environmental and energy performance, as evidenced by its ISO 14001 environmental management certification held since 2000, and its ISO 50001 energy policy certification held since 2012. These certifications guarantee a systematic approach to all environmental and energy issues and a continuous evaluation and improvement of its performance through measurable objectives and programmes.
For each and every business activity, project and management decision, its impact on the environment is calculated and taken into account. Environmental and energy issues are also an important criterion within the procurement policy.
For instance, the airport boasts two solar parks that deliver more than 3% of the airport’s total energy needs, equivalent to the energy consumption of 1050 households. Brussels Airport is also building new filling stations with alternative fuels including CNG and LNG, and has already invested in the purchase of CNG service vehicles.
And the renovation of the iconic Sky Hall not only takes the original architecture into account, but also the current environmental and energy requirements and standards. For its own employees, Brussels Airport Company has introduced a mobility budget which provides a greater choice of company car, public transport or bicycle combinations, and additionally allows staff to choose hybrid or electric company cars.
The airport operator wishes to further strengthen its environmental and energy policy by formally committing to the Flemish Government’s Circular Procurement Green Deal. Upon procurement, Brussels Airport Company will verify whether the purchased equipment or material is recyclable, bio-based or biodegradable, refurbished or used, whether the equipment may be shared with other companies or partners, or whether it is possible to pay for their use rather than purchasing the goods themselves.