Environment, Health and Safety Management | Airport International Group (AIG)

Environment, Health and Safety Management

Our Commitment toward Environment Protection
 

We are committed to the protection of Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA)’s surrounding environment by ensuring compliance with all relevant environmental laws and regulations.
 

We strive to minimize adverse impact on the environment through pollution prevention and emissions reduction, in order to create and maintain an eco-friendly airport.
 

We seek to make continuous environmental improvements that foster a sustainable future for the operations of QAIA.

 

For any suggestions or comments related to the Airport’s environment, you can contact us on ehs@aig.aero.
 
Staff Health Protection
 

We are committed to protecting the health of our employees, contractors, customers and visitors. By implementing workplace safety control measures in compliance with all relevant laws and regulations, we minimize staff injuries as per Airport International Group’s objectives and target plans, and ensure effective implementation of these measures through regular checks and tests.

To provide feedback on the occupational health and safety measures at Queen Alia International Airport, please contact us at ehs@aig.aero.
 

For more details on Environment, Health and Safety management plan at Airport International Group click here.
 
Airport Carbon Accreditation
 

Airport International Group continually aspires to reduce the environmental impact of Queen Alia International Airport’s (QAIA) operations, in the present day and the future. We believe it is our duty to safeguard the environment; a practice that is also in the best interest of our stakeholders.

As part of the Company’s commitment to environmental sustainability, and to reflect our commitment to the Airport Council International’s (ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA), a comprehensive energy and carbon reduction plan is being implemented, which aims to reduce QAIA’s operations’ climate change impact per passenger. The plan addresses significant energy consumption aspects related to the operations of the Airport, with a focus on electricity consumption, as 98% of the Airport’s energy consumption is attributed to that of electricity.

We have made numerous investments towards the reduction of our energy consumption, and as a result of our carbon-reduction projects, in 2017, we saw a 7.8% reduction in CO2 emissions per passenger, namely 3.40 kg of CO2 per passenger in 2017, as compared to 3.69 kg per passenger during 2014-2016. It is also worth mentioning that for the same period (2014-2017), we succeeded in saving around USD 1.5 million in relation to energy costs. The target for 2018 is to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emission by an additional 1%.
 
In April 2018, Airport International Group (AIG), successfully achieved the fourth and final level of ACA – level 3+, ‘Neutrality’ – making QAIA the first airport in the Middle East to achieve this distinguished accomplishment.

 
Air Quality
 

At QAIA, we are committed to complying with the statutory air quality criteria; we operate air quality stations for real-time monitoring.
 
Noise Control
 

At QAIA, we are committed to complying with regulatory standards, through the following practices:

1. Regularly updating noise contour maps to ensure proper land-use planning, as per JCARC 150 and Airport Noise Compatibility Planning.
2. Monitoring noise levels in different working areas to ensure a safe working environment. 
 
Waste Management
 

We have an Integrated Waste Management System in place, with the following core functionalities:

 

·         Segregation of hazardous waste from non-hazardous waste, and the disposal of hazardous waste as per Ministry of Environment requirements, including but not limited to regulations regarding the handling, storage and packaging of waste. Our recycling of hazardous waste is limited to the recycling of materials as approved by the Ministry of Environment, such as tires, batteries and oil-related waste. Moreover, a dedicated storage area is also available for the storage of hazardous waste

·         Implementation of a waste recycling program, carried out inside the terminals and different Airport International Group facilities. The program primarily covers materials such as carton/wood and glass/aluminum, in addition to negligible amounts of other types of waste.

·         In 2017, segregation rates reached 13% of total waste segregated, compared to 3% in 2014, which marks a significant improvement. We are currently working to minimize the consumption of paper at Airport International Group offices.

·         Collection of non-hazardous waste (excluding construction waste), in specified containers and the disposal of them in a licensed landfill.

·         Disposal of sludge (waste generated from the wastewater treatment process). Prior to its disposal, tests are conducted to determine the sludge’s quality, as per relevant Jordanian standards. Based on the test results, the sludge is disposed of in either a municipality landfill or a hazardous waste treatment center.

·         Airport International Group (AIG) is currently working with ground handlers on JCARC301 requirements related to cabin waste segregation, wherein the Airport operator supports the process by proposing a method in order to proceed, and the ground handlers are responsible for the actual segregation.

 

Water Management
 

QAIA relies on two primary sources of potable water: groundwater wells and third-party vendors. Monitoring programs are implemented on site to verify water quality and to ensure its compliance with relevant Jordanian standards. Testing is performed by an external, well-reputed objective party.
 
Waste Water Management
 

The Airport’s wastewater treatment system is designed to treat the domestic wastewater generated from different activities within the Queen Alia International Airport premises. A monitoring program has been implemented on site to ensure the quality of the treated wastewater and to ensure its compliance with relevant Jordanian standards. The treated wastewater is reused in our irrigation system to irrigate all of the Airport’s greenery.
 
Spill Control Instruction:
 

Oil and fuel leakage and spillage are the most common types of incidents at QAIA mainly occurring in airport aprons (i.e., the tarmac) due to the presence of ground support equipment, or as a result of the aircraft fueling process. Spill control instructions have been developed and communicated to staff, with spill kits provided onsite to support the instructions’ implementation.
 
Wildlife Hazard Management
 

At Queen Alia International Airport, we are committed to the use of wildlife hazard control best practices in order to ensure aviation safety. Accordingly, our wildlife hazard management plan is developed and reviewed regularly.
 
Soil Contamination Control
 

On a regular basis, soil samples are collected from different locations, such as the areas surrounding underground fuel tanks, to identify any possible traces of contamination.
 
Occupational Health and Safety Instructions:
 

As per Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment for activities under the direct control of Airport International Group (AIG), safety instructions have been developed under the Airport’s broader environmental health and safety procedures, communicated to staff through posters, training, meetings and the like.

Regular checks are conducted to ensure effective implementation.

For other activities related to contractors and concessionaires, please refer to the ‘Environment and Safety Handbook’, which was developed to communicate the Airport’s environmental health and safety requirements to its external stakeholders.

Kindly note that any new investor intending to work within Queen Alia International Airport and/or within the premises of Airport International Group must be in possession of a current work permit detailing the operations security and EHS requirements.

 

Airport Environment Committee

 

The Airport Environment Committee (AEC) is the forum mandate by Jordan Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission. As part of this forum, the airport operator addresses environmental issues with the major airport stakeholders and the relevant authorities. Essentially, the committee is a tool to discuss the environmental concerns, achievements and development.

 

Meetings take place on a quarterly basis chaired by the COO, and based on the topics, private or public entities can be presented.

 

The Committee Structure is as follows:

 

:  Airport International Group Chief Operation Officer - Committee Chairman

:  Airport International Group Director - Quality & Safety - Deputy of Committee Chairman

:  Airport International Group - Environment, Health and Safety Manager - Committee Organizer

:  Airport International Group - Representative of Engineering and Maintenance Division -Member

:  Airport International Group - Representative of Operation Division - Member

:  Representative of Ministry of Environment - Member

:  Representative of Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission - Member

:  Representative of Aljiza Municipality - Member

:  Representative of Ministry of Transport - Member

:  Representative of Airport Civil Defense - Member

:  Representative of  Jordan Airmotive company (JALCO) - Member

:  Representative of Jordan Aircraft Maintenance Company (JORAMCO) - Member

:  Representative of Royal Jordanian - Member

:  Representative of Catering company - Member

:  Representative of Jordan Petroleum Refinery Company  - Member

:  Representative of Free Zone - Member

:  Representative of Dufry (Duty Free) - Member

:  Representative of Jordan Aviation - Member

:  Representative of Aviation Handling Service - Member

:  Representative of DHL - Member

:  Representative of  Airport Hotel - Member

:  Representative of Sariah Buses company - Member

:  Representative of Airport Taxi - Member

 

A soft copy of the Minutes of Meeting will be available to members. Click on the green box to access it:

 

Airport Environment Committee - MOM - 2018

 Q1 - 2018
 
 Q2 - 2018

 Q3 - 2018

 Q4 - 2018