Sydney airport releases first sustainability report

7 April 2015 (Last Updated April 7th, 2015 18:30)

Sydney airport has become the first in Australia to release a sustainability report in line with the Global Reporting Initiative's G4 guidelines.

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Sydney airport has become the first in Australia to release a sustainability report in line with the Global Reporting Initiative's G4 guidelines.

These guidelines provide reporting principles, standard disclosures and an implementation manual, which organisations can uses as a basis for their sustainability reports.

The airport's report focused on four areas, engaging and responding to their stakeholders, responsibly managing the airport and enhancing passenger experience, supporting passenger growth and developing staff.

Sydney Airport managing director and CEO Kerrie Mather said: "Sydney Airport is committed to operating sustainably as well as efficiently, including assessing the impact of our business and making improvements where required.

"With 38.5 million passengers a year, we're focused on responsibly managing the airport to support this growth, while also enhancing the passenger experience. Our first annual sustainability report is the culmination of extensive engagement with and feedback from key stakeholder groups."

Mayor of the City of Botany Bay council, councillor Ben Keneally said: "Sydney Airport plays a vitally important role in our local government area and many of our residents work at the airport. We commend Sydney Airport on its sustainability initiatives and look forward to continuing to work with them on community issues."

"We've invested significantly to reduce waste, energy consumption and water usage across the airport."

As a part of its approved Master Plan 2033, the airport also released its five-year environment strategy.

Mather added: "Our federal government approved environment strategy outlines more than 100 ongoing actions and initiatives to minimise our impact on the environment and support sustainable growth.

"We've invested significantly to reduce waste, energy consumption and water usage across the airport, from recycling water in our terminals to installing in-ground power for aircraft to improve air quality."

The airport recently received Airports Council International's (ACI) Level One Airport Carbon Accreditation as a result of its efforts to map, manage and reduce carbon emissions.


Image: Sydney Airport has released its first sustainability report. Photo: courtesy of Sydney Airport.