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The environmental charter

Presentation and outline

The aim of Toulouse-Blagnac Airport´s Environmental Quality Charter is to ensure the airport´s continued development in order to meet economic needs, while at the same time addressing the concerns of local residents.

The product of dialogue between all parties

The environmental Charter, the result of three years work (from 1999 to 2001) which encouraged dialogue between all the parties concerned, aims to identify the steps which need to be implemented in order to guarantee full control of airport pollution:

  • Local authorities
  • Airport user representatives
  • Those working in the aviation industry (airlines, manufacturers, etc.)
  • Local residents associations
  • The airport administrator
  • Government departments

It was approved in 2002 by the Consultative Commission on the Environment and was updated in 2003. Each year, Toulouse-Blagnac Airport reviews the progress of the various initiatives implemented.

The environmental Charter: a reference document

The environmental Charter was the response to a major concern: to control noise pollution and define the guidelines for sustainable development of airport activity, working in harmony with the partners concerned. The Charter sets out the commitments that all parties endeavour to meet.

As a key element of information transparency, the Charter outlines in detail the commitments made with regard to noise and environmental pollution, commitments which are divided into five major areas.

The Charter contains three main sections:

  1. The Charter´s major concerns, the historical and economic data and regulations taken into account in drawing up the Charter and the working methods adopted by the parties involved.
  2. All commitments and initiatives together with the timetable for their implementation.
  3. Various information which may help in understanding the Charter: a glossary of technical terms and abbreviations, legislative texts for reference and a list of the members of the drafting committee.

Focus points and objectives of the charter

The five focus points drawn up in the Environment Charter can be broken down into 35 initiatives to be implemented by the various parties. Depending on the type of initiative, the following parties may be directly involved: the airport administrator, the government, local authorities (planning regulations), the Directorate of Civil Aviation (flight procedures), aeronautical manufacturers, airlines, etc. The provisions concerning noise measurement and control are largely based on the recommendations of the French authority on airport noise control (ACNUSA).

The commitments of each party

For each of the Charter´s five focus points, the parties involved have undertaken to implement an action plan and a corresponding schedule.

Focus point 1: Improve noise assessment (4 initiatives)

Aim: Measuring noise and assessing noise disturbance resulting from aeronautical activity.

Focus point 2: Control noise emissions (14 initiatives)

Aim: Controlling noise at its source, particularly by banning the noisiest aircraft at night and changing air traffic procedures.

Focus point 3: Prevent and reduce noise disturbance (8 initiatives)

Aims:

  • limiting the construction of new buildings in areas exposed to noise both now and in the future,
  • providing acoustic insulation grants for residents within close proximity of the airport.

The Noise Exposure Plan (PEB) and the Noise Disturbance Plan (PGS) are legal instruments which aim to prevent and reduce noise disturbance.

Focus point 4: Develop environmental management (2 initiatives)

Aims:

  • carrying out a comprehensive environmental inspection (noise, air and water quality, waste management, etc.),
  • setting up an environmental management system with the aim of receiving ISO 14001 certification.

Focus point 5: Maintain information and dialogue (7 initiatives)

Aims: The importance of communication and information transparency has led the various parties to set up facilities to ensure ongoing dialogue and consultation, including:

  • the Cinq sur Cinq newsletter for local residents