Istanbul Airport Receives Zero Waste Certificate

Istanbul Airport Receives Zero Waste Certificate
Istanbul Airport Receives Zero Waste Certificate

Istanbul Airport, where IGA has meticulously implemented its environment and sustainability policies, became the first airport to receive a 'Zero Waste Certificate' within the scope of the 'Zero Waste' project implemented by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization with the aim of preventing waste and using resources more efficiently.

IGA, which designs its works in line with the principles of sustainable development, continues to set an example for the aviation industry with its activities carried out in the field of environment and sustainability at Istanbul Airport, which it has turned into a global transfer center with its operational success. Waste management infrastructure, establishing a system of effective waste is separated as the source of HDI, he continued his studies at Istanbul airport in Turkey as a result of 'Document area of ​​the Zero Waste has managed to become the first airport.

Within the scope of the 'Zero Waste' project implemented with the sustainable environment and sustainable development understanding of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, Istanbul Airport was awarded the No.1 'Zero Waste Certificate in the aviation industry.

What is the Zero Waste Project?

Recycling and recycling of waste kazanDisposal of it without being evaluated in the recycling process causes serious resource losses, both material and energy. 'Zero Waste' is a goal defined as a waste prevention approach that covers the prevention of waste, the more efficient use of resources, the reduction of the amount of waste generated, the establishment of an effective collection system, and the recycling of waste.

Within the scope of the 'Zero Waste' project, in order to prevent air, water and soil pollution, which could threaten all living things, especially the depletion of natural resources and climate change; Preventing or minimizing waste generation by reviewing the causes of waste generation, and in case of waste, it is separated at the source and recycled. kazanis targeted. The project started with the principle of placing the existing systems on a more regular and applicable basis.

'Zero Waste' studies at Istanbul Airport

Considering sustainability as the most fundamental value of our future, IGA applies its works that will set an example for the aviation industry, meticulously at every stage of Istanbul Airport, from the design to the construction phase, from the construction phase to the operation process. Based on this idea, at Istanbul Airport, where the "Zero Waste" approach is seen as a critical success factor, all activities are carried out in the light of international standards and guidelines such as IFC (International Finance Corporation) Standards, Equator Principles, Turkish Environmental Legislation.

In the 'Zero Waste' principle approach, the wastes of all parties, including IGA, operating at Istanbul Airport, where sorting at the source is of great importance for the solution of the waste problem, is divided into five different categories as paper-cardboard, packaging, glass, organic and domestic waste. Thus, at Istanbul Airport, where the entire waste management infrastructure is designed to provide recycling, all operating companies have signed the Zero Waste Declaration of Istanbul Airport under the leadership of IGA, which leads the aviation industry.

In the areas where waste is generated at the airport, containers are placed according to waste types in 5 different categories: paper-cardboard, packaging, glass, organic and domestic, and the wastes are separated at their source in these areas. The wastes collected with waste collection vehicles suitable for the type of waste are separated at the Solid Waste Facility and recycled. kazanIt is decomposed for processing and storage. All stakeholders at the airport also support the 'Zero Waste' project in the same direction, collecting their wastes in 5 different categories and giving them to İGA. In this way, the contribution of stakeholders to the 'Zero Waste' target is also ensured.

Target future generations to clean, sophisticated Turkey and leave a livable world ...

Kadri Samsunlu, Chairman of the Executive Board and General Manager of IGA Airport Operations, made evaluations about obtaining the 'Zero Waste Certificate' as a result of the studies carried out at Istanbul Airport; “We design all processes at Istanbul Airport in accordance with our environmental and sustainability policies. We aim to achieve maximum savings in terms of Zero Waste Principles. 100 tons of waste is produced daily at Istanbul Airport, 30% of this, 30 tons of waste is recycled. kazanIt is sent to me. According to the data obtained from the 'Electronic Environmental Information System' of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, in terms of the 'Zero Waste' strategy, 1.310.000 tons of carbon dioxide has been emitted since the opening of the airport and 49.500 tons of less fuel has been used. 44.217.000 kilowatts less energy was consumed, thus saving 1175 kilos less raw materials. What we do for the environment and sustainability is not limited to these. With the Waste to Art (Artwist) Project, we created a total of 100 works of art thanks to the upcycling of 39 tons of waste from the airport construction. Eligible for LEED Gold certification by the American Green Building Council kazanThus, the Istanbul Airport main terminal building was registered as the world's largest LEED certified building. Aiming to raise awareness in society about the effects of garbage on the environment and the importance of recycling, "Are You Aware?" We organized the photography and video competition in cooperation with the Take Care of Your Garbage Foundation. As part of 'Environmental Awareness', we enabled the community-based recycling project “Kollekt” to be implemented at Istanbul Airport. Finally, we are very happy to be the first airport to receive the 'Zero Waste Certificate' as an example to the aviation industry. This success motivates us for bigger goals. I would like to underline that, at the core of all these efforts is our desire to leave a clean, developed Turkey and a livable world to future generations. As an environmentally friendly airport, we will continue to work towards this goal by contributing to the environment we live in, our country and the world.” used the phrases.

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