Air Quality And Air Emissions
Objective – Minimise and manage air emissions from ground based airport operations and activities to comply with Commonwealth and State legislation.
Melbourne Airport is responsible for all ground-based air emissions; this includes aircraft movement and maintenance, stationary and mobile plants, and vehicles. Air emissions in all circumstances from aircraft are regulated under separate legislation and controlled by Airservices Australia.
Due to the mobile nature of air emissions; Melbourne Airport has concerns with on and off-site air quality under different legislation. Onsite air quality is regulated by the Airports Act and the Airport Regulations 1997 and off site boundary air quality comes under the provision of the State Environment Protection Policy.
In December 2013, Melbourne Airport’s new air quality monitoring station went online to monitor the ambient air quality at Melbourne Airport. The current monitoring study will be supported by an assessment of the impact of ground-based activities on the surrounding environmental and compliance with relevant legislation. The potential impacts form ground-based emissions include degraded local and regional air quality, impacts on human health, and impacts on the environment (some species are sensitive to air pollution).
Melbourne Airport achieved the following air quality management achievements in the recent past.
- A 13% reduction in emissions of sulphur dioxide and volatile organic compounds from 2008-2012.
- Required contractors on construction projects to use dust suppression where appropriate
- Developed an alternative fuel facility (liquid petroleum/propane fuel) that is mainly used by buses and taxi operations
- Purchased low emission vehicles
- Phased out the use of substance with a high ozone-depletion and global warming potential