ENVIRONMENT

FIUMICINO AIRPORT IS THE BEST IN EUROPE

"Leonardo da Vinci"airport in Fiumicino is under sustainable development and with the utmost care about the environment. According to the KPMG Sustainability Report, it is a certified best practice at European level on various sectors regarding the environment, such as separate collection, water recycling and reuse, energy production and reduced land use.p>

LOW LAND USE

An understated but actually important record is the low land use by the Leonardo da Vinci. Today the airport covers about 1,500 hectars, with one of the lowest land use levels on a European level. All infrastructure interventions that affected the quality provided to passengers and ranked by Aci Europe in 2016 were implemented by rebuilding the airport on itself, without having to use so much as another squared metre of land. This primacy on the airstrips, passengers and land ratio will be maintained also for the new airstrip. The ratio between land used and passengers is really good too: 0.5 squared meters per passenger, a decrease by 15% compared to the average of the other hubs in the EU.

TOWARDS "ZERO WASTE"

Everyday the Leonardo da Vinci Airport welcomes 200 thousand people, between travelers, those who accompany them and workers. In this sort of "aeropolis" almost 30 tons of waste is produced every day, that are almost all recycled or reused thanks to a thorough separate collection: in 2016 more than 80% of waste was recovered and today the airport of Rome boasts a secured primacy, compared to the big airports in Europe that recycle an average of 50% of waste

SAVING DRINKING WATER

The airport city shows its excellence also with the efficient use of water: between 2013 and 2015, against a sensible increase in passengers, the usage of drining water decreased by 200 thousand cubic metres, the same volume of a 60-stories skyscraper. In Fiumicino the drinking water consumption per person at the moment is 16 litres: an outstanding figure, way more commendable than the other European hubs, about half the average consumption recorded in airports such as Heathrow in London, Monaco, Copenaghe, Athens and Paris.

RECYCLING WASTE WATER

The Leonardo da Vinci can rely upon an advanced system for the purification of waste water, that every day recovers about 3,700 cubic metres of waste water for various industrial uses. To give an idea of the savings, the water recovered in a year might fill 540 Olympic swimming pools.

SAVINGS AND RENEWABLE SOURCES

Another important chapter in the environmental "best practices" of Fiumicino is about energy: a crucial choice, be it for improving the quality of the air by cutting pollution or for reducing emissions that damage the climate. The Leonardo da Vinci in recent years has recorded a strongly decreasing trend in electric energy consumption per passenger, due to a wide range of measures such as the adoption of Led lights, automated software and insulated buildings. In this way, between 2004 and 2015 the consumption of electricity per passengers went from 5.57 to 3.76 kWh

FIUMICINO AND AMSTERDAN ON THE FRONTLINE AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE

Fiumicino Airport is committed on the frontline also in the fight against climate change. ADR made up for all the emissions in 2015 directly cause by airport activities by funding projects of "decarbonisation" for 65 thousand tons, almost the same emissions produced by 20 thousand flights from Rome to New York. Thanks to this choice, Fiumicino Airport is, like Amsterdam, the only big airport in the world to have reached the maximum certified level by ACA (“Airport Carbon Accreditation”), the independent world programme that assesses the actions taken by airport managers to reduce climate-changing emissions.

SAVINGS AND RENEWABLE SOURCES

For the development of the Capital's airport system ADR was inspired by the most advanced methods of design and implementation. This means, for example, that more than 95% of waste from construction sites will be recovered and reintroduced in the production process. New infrastructures will be produced using at least 30% of materials from recycling processes, thereby reducing the use of raw materials and the impact from extraction and manufacturing processes. The majority of these materials comes from local (regional) resources, thereby reducing all the impact on the environment derived from transport. Also, the most advanced environmental protocols in the world will be adopted for energy consumption.