Salvador Airport is close to becoming the first in Brazil to receive a greenhouse gas reduction certificate

Salvador Airport is close to becoming the first in Brazil to receive a greenhouse gas reduction certificate

Sustainable development project is in its initial phase and the airport expects to be accredited by the main international environmental authority by the end of 2018

The capital of Bahia is close to becoming the first city in Brazil to have an international certificate of carbon accreditation for its airport. The project is part of a series of sustainability actions that Salvador Bahia Airport, a member of the VINCI Airports group, has already begun to implement.
By the end of 2018, the airport should receive the first level of ACA certification. Airport Carbon Accreditation, or ACA, is a global carbon management program established by Airport Council International (ACI), which evaluates and recognizes, in four stages, airports’ efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
According to the CEO of Salvador Bahia Airport, Júlio Ribas, VINCI Airports has sustainability policies that guarantee a broader perspective, beyond economic and financial results. "We believe it is our duty to invest in the construction and modernization of an infrastructure that contributes to the sustainable development of Salvador,” he says. “We are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020, developing solutions to protect biodiversity and encouraging the adoption of an environmentally responsible approach among our employees, business partners and customers." Those goals are part of the global AirPact policy, a commitment by VINCI Airports to combat global warming, which applies to all airports operated by the company across the globe.
The carbon mapping of Salvador Bahia Airport started as soon as VINCI Airports took over the terminal operations, in January 2018. The study counts on the collaboration of 72 sub-concessionaires and 8 airlines to identify all direct and indirect emission of greenhouse gases, consumption of electricity and heat or steam generated at the airport. Data collection will serve as basis for an annual carbon emission report for the airport.
"We are proud to include Bahia among the 237 airports in the world that operate under the ACA certification,” says Mr. Ribas. “VINCI Airports is the first international airport group to join the program, with 33 airports already certified in France, Portugal, Cambodia, Japan, Chile, and the Dominican Republic. We are working to obtain the certificate in 2018 and include Salvador Airport in this successful group.”
The next stages of the carbon accreditation process include the reduction of the gases emitted by Salvador Airport, third-party engagement in the sustainability program and, finally, the neutralization and compensation of all the carbon generated at the terminal. All steps should be completed by 2020.
In addition to the ACA seal, Salvador Airport's new passenger terminal project also includes other effective sustainability actions such as the installation of a new Effluent Treatment Station (ETE) with capacity to eliminate up to 98% of the pollutants present in the water and guarantee 100% reuse in toilets, cooling towers, cleaning and irrigation, photovoltaic systems (solar energy), selective collection and recycling of solid waste, LED lighting and windows with films to maintain thermal comfort and optimize natural lighting, low energy consumption cooling system (20% less than the current) and luminaires with presence sensors.

Expansion and renovation
The first phase of the works at Salvador Bahia Airport, which began on April 19, 2018, will allow passengers and airlines to see positive changes in a relatively short period of time. The works involve the expansion and adaptation of the infrastructure in the aircraft area, and the expansion and modernization of the existing terminal (+20,000 square meters).
The works will allow a better passenger flow through the terminal and new experiences for all passengers, including a commercial area that will highlight Salvador's cultural identity, modernization of bathrooms and changing rooms, improvements in airport signs, new air conditioning and ventilation systems, elevators and additional escalators and high-speed wi-fi installation. During the peak period, the renovations will employ around 800 workers. The total investment for this first phase, expected to be concluded by October 2019, will reach approximately R$ 600 million. 

About VINCI Airports

VINCI Airports, a top 4 global player in the international airport sector, manages the development and operation of 36 airports located in France, Portugal (including the Lisbon hub), Cambodia, Japan, Dominican Republic, Chile and Brazil. Served by around 250 airlines, VINCI Airports' network handled 156.6 million passengers in 2017. Through its expertise as a comprehensive integrator and the professionalism of its 12,000 employees, VINCI Airports develops, finances, builds and operates airports, leveraging its investment capability, international network and know-how to optimize the management and performance of existing airport infrastructure, facility extensions and new-build construction projects. In 2017, its annual revenue for managed activities amounted to €3.2 bn, for a consolidated revenue of €1.4 bn. More comprehensive information is available on