Environmental protection overview

As the holder of the operating licence for Zurich Airport, Flughafen Zürich AG bears a particular responsibility for ensuring a sustainable approach to the environment. Together with over 280 other companies at the airport, it ensures that Zurich Airport can be operated and developed in an environmentally responsible way.

Environmental policy and reduction targets

Flughafen Zürich AGʼs environmental policy sets out the companyʼs position on environmental protection and identifies key priority areas. Its efforts are focused on the areas of aircraft noise, air quality, climate protection, energy consumption and the preservation of natural habitats for animals and plants. Alongside its environmental policy, Flughafen Zürich AG has set itself voluntary reduction and efficiency improvement targets in the areas of climate protection and energy.

Environmental management system

Flughafen Zürich AG uses an environmental management system certified to ISO 14001:2015 to control all its own environmentally relevant processes. The company has been accredited since 2001, and works constantly to reduce its impact on the environment. Both the system itself and the reliability of the data are verified by annual external audits.


Zurich Airport maintains a dialogue with various stakeholders. In relation to environmental issues, as well as the public at large, these stakeholders include in particular local residents, public authorities, associations and interest groups, industry partners and technical bodies at a national and international level. People take an interest in the airportʼs activities as regards environmental matters too.

Flughafen Zürich AG favours a transparent information policy. It communicates with stakeholders about environmental issues via a variety of channels including, for instance, its interactive environmental exhibition, publications on specific topics, corporate publications, information events, social media and – by no means least – personal communication.

Environmental exhibition on tour at Swiss Museum of Transport (Photo: Swiss Museum of Transport).


Environmental reporting relates generally to the overall Zurich Airport complex and encompasses all the activities of Flughafen Zürich AG and its partners within the airport perimeter as defined in the Sectoral Aviation Infrastructure Plan (SAIP) for Zurich Airport. However, the targets mentioned in the individual sections relate solely to areas that Flughafen Zürich AG is able to influence directly.