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Our Environment Policy

East Midlands Environmental Policy

Our Environment Policy

East Midlands Airport acknowledges its duty to protect the environment.  We aim to be a responsible steward of the environment and will seek to continually improve our environmental performance and to minimise the environmental impact of our operations. 

In order to achieve this, we will:

  • Develop and grow our business in a managed and sustainable manner.
  • Seek to engage the combined skills and energy of all of its employees.
  • Engage in a constructive and open dialogue with all stakeholders, including local communities.
  • Develop an environmental management system that targets key areas and audits and monitors performance in a challenging and critical way.
  • Comply with the requirements of environmental legislation at all times and prevent pollution wherever possible.

With respect to some of the key areas for attention, we will:

Local Air Quality and Surface Access

  • Develop a Surface Access Strategy that promotes a modal change away from the private car to less environmentally damaging forms of travel.
  • Adopt operational practices that seek to minimise the polluting emissions from Airport operations.
  • Undertake regular monitoring for key pollutants, within the wider context of the Air Quality Strategy for England and Wales to contribute to the control of local air quality.
  • Make publicly available the results of air quality monitoring.

Carbon Emissions, Energy Use and Waste

  • Seek to bear down on the emission of greenhouse gases by making use of alternative technologies and implementing programmes of energy conservation.
  • Work with its business partners to minimise the production of waste where possible and to promote the re-use and recycling of waste materials.

Landscape and Ecology

  • Develop a landscaping and ecology strategy that, within the constraints imposed by the normal operation of the airport, seeks to promote the development of rich and varied habitats, to integrate the airport within its rural setting and to promote access to the airport site.


  • Implement wide ranging programmes of noise amelioration that reflect the requirements of the ‘balanced programme’. This will include measures to reduce noise at source, promote land use planning that is sensitive to the potential impact of aircraft noise, employ operational procedures which reflect industry best practice and, where necessary to achieve its environmental objectives, employ operating restrictions on noisier aircraft types.
  • Divert aircraft operations away from built-up areas with the intention of minimising the number of people affected by aircraft noise.
  • Seek to minimise the impact of noise from all aspects of the operation of aircraft and the airport.

Water Quality

  • Seek to minimise the load placed on the environment by ensuring the sensitive storage and use of chemicals.
  • Adopt rigorous programmes of monitoring and control to ensure that all drainage discharges are controlled in accordance with regulatory consents.