To provide better knowledge of air quality on the airport platform, measurements are taken on a regular basis through a partnership with ATMO Nouvelle-Aquitaine (accredited association measuring air quality in Nouvelle-Aquitaine). Preserving air quality is a constant concern of Bordeaux Airport.
The primary polluting emissions come either from fixed facilities such as heating, air-conditioning or emergency equipment like generating sets, or from mobile sources: passenger and staff vehicles, runway vehicles and equipment and aircraft.
In order to determine their impact and monitor air quality, ATMO Nouvelle-Aquitaine takes its measurements both outside and inside the terminals, depending on the pollutants under study and their seasonal variation.
Measuring and analyzing the type and source of pollution remains a difficult task as pollution travels and undergoes chemical transformations.
The continuous improvement programme applied at the airport involves a set of specific measures at various levels:
- stopping the co-generation plant
- improving the regular bus service between the terminals and the tram network
- introducing an inter-company mobility plan for ADBM employees
- promoting an efficient bus connection using a dedicated lane if possible, between the airport and the Pessac Alouette interchange, providing fast access to the Saint-Jean Railway Station within half an hour
- promoting the expansion of the tramway network to the airport (scheduled for 2020/2021), etc.
The involvement of the airport's partners is also extremely important:
- constant replacement of fleets by airlines
- gradual replacement by runway assistance companies of equipment using fossil energy by electric equipment, etc.