Issued: August 2010
The Airport Environment Strategy 2010 – 2015 (AES)
was approved by the Australian Government on
24 May 2010.
The AES was prepared following an extensive
community and stakeholder consultation process.
It details Sydney Airport’s environmental objectives
and commitments for the next five years, builds on
the environmental achievements made over previous
years and promotes the continual improvement of
environmental management at Sydney Airport.
With the Master Plan 2009, the AES is the key
document for ensuring Sydney Airport’s substantial
economic benefits are delivered in an environmentally
responsible and sustainable manner.
The wide range of ground-based environmental issues
addressed in the AES include:
Climate Change and Energy Management –
reducing energy and greenhouse gas emissions
by continuing to implement cost-effective energy
efficiency opportunities and cleaner energy usage.
Water Management – building on existing water
recycling and reuse initiatives by continuing to explore
water efficiency opportunities, as outlined in Sydney
Airport’s Water Savings Action Plan and Water
Cycle Management System. A formal water quality
monitoring program will also be implemented.
Air Quality – to minimise ground-based air emissions,
conduct a comprehensive air quality study and identify
opportunities to reduce pollution, including review
options for the use of alternative fuels for vehicles.
Ground-based Noise – continuing to increase the use
of fixed electrical ground power units to minimise the
use of the noisier on-aircraft auxiliary power units.
This also improves air quality and reduces greenhouse
Ground Transport – continue to encourage the use of
sustainable transport options as outlined in the Airport
Ground Travel Plan and lobby the NSW Government
to improve the quality and frequency of bus and train
services to and from Sydney Airport.
Biodiversity and Conservation Management –
continuing to implement the successful program to
enhance the environmentally significant Sydney Airport
Wetlands, including weed and carp control, native fish
restocking and revegetation works.
– ensure all items listed in Sydney Airport’s
Heritage Management Plan as having heritage value
are actively managed.
Waste and Resource Management – build
on existing recycling initiatives by continuing to
implement innovative waste minimisation options
identified in Sydney Airport’s Resource Recovery Plan.
Soil and Land Management – continuing to minimise
the potential for soil contamination and actively
managing acid sulphate soils.
Spills Response – implementing best-practice
environmental controls for the prevention and
management of spills and release of hazardous
Noise and emissions from aircraft in flight are issues
which are addressed in the Sydney Airport Master
Plan and in other relevant Commonwealth and
State legislation, rather than the AES.
Airport Tenants and Contractors
Sydney Airport will continue to proactively manage
and reduce any potential environmental impacts
associated with the operational or construction-related activities of airport tenants and contractors.
In part, this will be achieved by the carrying out of
regular environment audits and the preparation of
Environmental Management Plans. Environmental
guidelines for tenants and contractors – including
on-airport development guidelines – have been
developed and will be reviewed and updated as
For further information, contact Sydney Airport’s
Environment Department on 9667 9111.