Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) is committed to protecting the environment. We have been certified to the International Standard for Environmental Management Systems ISO14001 since 2005. We are independently audited twice a year to maintain our certification. Our EMS assists us in identifying the potential environmental impacts as a result of our operations and managing these to minimise our impact on the environment, as well as making continual improvements.
Further information on how we work to manage and improve our environmental performance are detailed below.
All rainwater run-off drains to a local surface watercourses (tributaries of the River Aire). Airport activities, such as aircraft/runway de-icing during the winter months, has the potential to have a negative impact on surface waters. We therefore have a range of complex control measures in place, including attenuation tanks/lagoons and automated pollution control equipment, which prevent pollutants entering the local watercourse. Our surface water discharges are closely monitored through regular visits by the Environment Agency (EA).
LBA currently handles c.4 million passengers per annum and whilst we try to prevent and minimise waste, we produce approximately 700 tonnes of waste every year. We provide waste recycle facilities for both our passengers and staff. Currently 97% of waste produced is recovered/recycled.
We have proactively carried out various projects to reduce our carbon footprint, in both the terminal and external areas, for example, car park lighting and more recently the completion of a three year project to replace the runway and approach lighting with LEDs. The graph below illustrates how these improvements has reduced our overall carbon footprint.
Our policy: Consider the effects of airport operations on the landscape and make every effort to conserve local ecology, whilst taking into account operational requirements.
A small population of Great Crested Newts (GCNs) were identified on a plot of LBA owned land, where the development of new pollution control infrastructure for surface water run-off was necessary. Given that GCNs are a protected species, it was necessary to move the GCN’s to an alternative location (as required by Natural England), away from the proposed development. There were no suitably established ponds within the locality, so we created a brand new habitat for this small population of GCNs. A total of 23 GCNs were captured and successfully translocated to their new habitat, which LBA provide continued conservation.