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The environmental dimension

The SEA Group is strongly committed to providing quality services in respect and protection of the environment, based on the following principles:

  • extensive compliance with regulatory requirements;
  • an ongoing commitment to improving the environmental and energy performance;
  • education and involvement of all actors involved in the airport system for a commitment towards respecting and protecting our common environmental heritage;
  • priority given to the purchase of products and services which adopt similar environmental sustainability parameters, with particular attention to energy saving, the reduction of atmospheric and noise emissions and water conservation;
  • identification of sources and controls of CO2 emissions produced, both direct and indirect, through the involvement of the stakeholders, in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Kyoto protocol;
  • a constant level of monitoring and verification of the processes related to the energy, atmospheric emission, noise and water cycle aspects, and in general the various phenomenon concerning interaction with the ecosystem;
  • a highly developed system of listening and communication with a wide range of external actors to ensure transparency and sharing. 

The introduction of the Group environmental policy is based on the commitment to a dedicated structure which ensures maximum attention to the principal strategic aspects and the operating implications, in addition to guaranteeing the daily inter-departmental involvement of all organisational units whose activities have a direct or indirect impact on the reaching of the environmental objectives.

Under this policy in 2004 an Environmental Management System was drawn up, which in 2006 achieved the ISO 14001 Certification, which was reconfirmed for the subsequent three-year period.

In July 2018, the certification was renewed on the basis of the new 14001:2015 regulation by the TUV Italia Certification Body.

The range of environmental aspects managed is particularly extensive: water, air, noise, climate change, energy, waste, electromagnetic fields, light pollution and landscape.

The extensive experience matured since 1998 with the incorporation of SEA Energia and its cogeneration (tri-generation at Malpensa) plant has seen the formal consolidation in October 2013 of the Energy Management System of SEA and its ISO 50001 certification by CertiQuality. The current action is undertaken for improved integration between the different certification systems.

Also in this regard, for both the Environmental (ISO 14001) and Energy (ISO 50001) Management Systems, during 2018 a close focus was placed on supporting the analysis of TUV for renewal of the 14001:2015 certification and the 50001 oversight certification, with a view to applying the new rules and ensuring increased Systems integration.

Airport Carbon Accreditation and Carbon Neutrality of the Milan airports

SEA in relation to CO2 emissions has acted effectively in reducing emissions and in particular those from activities under its direct control or in which significant influence is exercised (scope 1 and 26). In June 2018, following positive assessments by the Italian certifier and the London firm managing the Airport Carbon Accreditation program, SEA renewed its level 3+ ‘Neutrality’ accreditation for both of the airports it manages.

Airport Safety

Again in 2018, the Safety Management System continued to operate systematic activities for the analysis and control cycles and mitigation actions.

Available objective evidence demonstrates the achievement of objectives and an appreciable level of improvement in the management of the ‘Airport Safety’. 

The guideline principles of the SEA Airport Safety policy have remained unaltered in their consistency and suitability:

  • guarantee design compliance, the construction and maintenance of flight infrastructure and plant and equipment satisfying the highest sector standards;
  • ensure a review of operating processes to achieve the highest compliance possible with national and international regulations concerning Safety;
  • monitor the maintenance of safety standards for all operators, companies and external parties of any type within the airport sites;
  • guarantee ongoing and appropriate training of personnel, with priority for those most involved in operating processes, placing particular focus on the requirements and the consequent actions for an improved level of Safety;
  • guarantee education and communication, so that all events which may affect Safety are flagged through the filling out of a Ground Safety Report, actively encouraging the reporting of Safety events and clearly defending the difference between acceptable and unacceptable conduct;
  • to promote the ‘Just Culture’ key principles.


6 Scope 1 – Direct emissions – Emissions associated with sources owned or under the control of the company. 
   Scope 2 - Indirect Emissions - Emissions associated with the generation of electricity or thermal energy acquired or consumed by the company, which is physically emitted within the corporate scope.