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Concerns and initiatives

The airports policy highlights its commitment to identifying and controlling its impact on the environment. Its concerns are diverse (noise, water, air, etc.) and have led to various initiatives.

Noise restriction

An action plan has been agreed upon and a new "Order regarding the operating restriction of TOULOUSE BLAGNAC in limiting noise pollution", came into effect 30 October on 2011.

Is available for consultation on :

On our french website

On AIP of Toulouse-Blagnac : www.sia.aviationcivile.gouv.fr

From 01/04/2013 22h00 - 00h00 00h00 - 06h00
Aircraft of chapter 3 noise standards for which the cumulate margin is less than 10 EPNdB None of the aircraft is allowed to : To land To leave parking stand in order to take off**
Aircraft of chapter 3 noise standards for which the cumulate margin is less than 13 EPNdB None of the aircraft is allowed to : To land To leave parking stand in order to take off.*

*Dispensation : none of the aircraft turbojets fitted for which the cumulative margin, meeting the chapter 3 noise standards, between 10 and 13 EPNdB is allowed to take-off or to land in the slot 0000 and 0600 (local time) from TOULOUSE BLAGNAC airport if the owner cannot prove that the aircraft has been used on this airfield between November 1st, 2010 and October 29th, 2011. This exemption will end on october 30th, 2015.

** Dispensation : none of the aircraft turbojets fitted for which the cumulative margin, meeting the chapter 3 noise standards, between 8 and 10 EPNdB is allowed to take-off or to land in the slot 2200 and 0000 (local time) from Toulouse-Blagnac airport if the owner cannot prove that the aircraft has been used on this airfield between April 1st, 2012 and March 31th, 2013. This exemption will end on April 1st, 2017.

Noise control

Noise generated by aircraft is the primary cause of pollution suffered by the local residents of an airport.
In order to control, or indeed reduce, noise pollution, everyone concerned has a role to play:

  • Constructors (aircraft design, environmental performance, etc.)
  • Airlines (development of their fleet, pilot training, noise reduction procedures and night flights, research programmes, etc.)
  • Local authorities (control of town planning)
  • The airport administrator (informing local residents, dealing with complaints, management of acoustic insulation grants)
  • Government departments (regulations and sanctions)

Air quality monitoring

Air quality around an airport is influenced by numerous factors, such as:

  • aircraft
  • road traffic
  • power station
  • fuel distribution and kerosene storage

Various initiatives are carried out at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport to reduce these sources of pollution, including:

  • monitoring of air quality at two fixed stations
  • reduction of emissions from aircraft on stopover
  • promotion of clean runway vehicles (electric vehicles)
  • performance of gas fire drills
  • promotion of clean vehicles (buses)

Water protection and saving

Effective water management is necessary to deal with issues relating to:

  • drinking water consumption,
  • waste water management,
  • management and monitoring of the quality of rainwater and run-off water,
  • use of underground water,
  • protection of streams and rivers,
  • prevention of pollution risks.

Various initiatives have been implemented, including:

  • saving drinking water (toilets, firefighters),
  • using water from a well for watering green spaces and for air conditioning,
  • monitoring waste water and rainwater discharge,
  • building a rainwater treatment centre.

Energy management

The airport is a major hub of activity (150 businesses and 3,000 employees) and provides the energy required by businesses located on its site.

The energy sources used by the airport administrator and by the businesses at the airport are:

  • electricity
  • natural gas
  • fuel (petrol, diesel, heating oil)
  • kerosene

The airports energy needs are principally linked to:

  • heating
  • air conditioning of airport buildings
  • lighting of airport buildings

Several initiatives have been implemented, including:

  • variable lighting of the P3 car park depending on the time of day
  • variable lighting, heating and air conditioning of the airport terminals according to need and numbers of people

Waste management

The airport brings together several businesses on one platform: airlines, catering services (preparation of airline meals), aircraft cleaning services, postal services and freight companies, car-hire companies, shops, restaurants and services, etc. Each of these businesses produces various types of waste.

An internal Green Dot recycling centre allows waste to be sorted and recycled (newspapers, magazines, paper, cardboard, green waste, wood, glass, scrap metal, etc.).

Monitoring wildlife

An airport is the ideal home for numerous animals including birds, mammals and insects. However, they represent a danger for air traffic, especially birds. This danger is known as bird strike hazard.

The aim of bird strike hazard management is to raise awareness and prevent collisions between aircraft and animals, birds or mammals.

Aircraft which come from all over the world may also transport harmful insects. Some insects carry diseases which are dangerous to humans while others may be harmful to plants.