Environment & Sustainability

Photo: Graz Airport.

At Graz Airport, the responsible handling of natural resources and our environment is a fixed element of its corporate strategy; cooperation in the relations with neighbours and colleagues is anchored in the corporate philosophy.

Acting for the future

The environment has to be preservered for future generations. Numerous measures are therefore taken by Graz Airport in order contribute its share.

Graz Airport received the 23rd Ecoprofit/ÖKOPROFIT award from the City of Graz for its commitment and for the implementation of eco-friendly measures.

Georg Schlagbauer, Environmental Officer at Graz Airport, and his committed team are constantly working for a sustainable handling of the environment.

Measures at Graz Airport

Activities in 2020 paid tribute to Graz Airport's sense of responsibility. As in previous years there was, besides many other measures, a focus on projects related to lighting. The change of the entire tarmac lights on LEDs could be completed and the connected load be reduced from 92kW to 54kW. Hence up to 76,000 kWh electric energy are saved.

Recently the fleet of the tarmac vehicles for aircraft handling was also expanded with two electric passenger steps. They are equipped with solar panels and had to be charged only twice within the first few months after introduction despite daily use.

In addition, business trips of employees in 2020 could be done CO2 neutral.

  • Employees in the focus

For the purpose of the amendment to the ArbeitnehmerInnenschutzgesetz (Austrian employee protection act), both Flughafen Graz Betriebs GmbH and Flughafen Graz Bodenservices GmbH were evaluated with regard to psychological stress in the workplace. This meant evaluating all assessable influences from outside affecting the person, i.e. locating work related psychological burdens that lead to possible negative strains and then developing and realising measures for sustainable change together with the employee. Categories of negative strains are related above all to task requirements, work environment, work procedures and organisation as well as the working and social climate.

  • Shoulder to shoulder at the Round Table

The Round Table at Graz Airport has become a tradition for 15 years, where leaders meet for a constructive exchange. Attending are the mayors of surrounding communities, the environmental association Feldkirchen-Seiersberg, Styrian Government (Department FA15 "Schall-, Erschütterungs- und Lärmschutztechnik"), air traffic control "Austro Control", representatives of flight schools, glider pilots, skydivers and airline companies and Graz Airport/Flughafen Graz Betriebs GmbH, bringing up and discussing current topics, hosted by a professional moderator. Not each and every concern or topic can be solved to everyone's satisfaction, but regarding many issues improvements could be achieved over the last few years.

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