Meadow in front of Terminal 1
Meadow in front of Terminal 1

Environmental and
Energy Guidelines

Runway edge lighting in front

We want to responsibly shape the dynamic growth of air traffic in the German capital region with regard to the protection of residents in the vicinity of the airport, airport employees, the environment, and the climate.

Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH (FBB) operates an energy management system and implements an environmental management system with the aim of continuously reducing the negative effects of its operating activities on the environment and climate and continually improving its energy efficiency. 

Environmental and Climate Protection as corporate targets

We view environmental and climate protection as cross-functional tasks to which every employee contributes in their respective area of action and responsibility. FBB is committed to making the airport operations for which it is responsible CO₂-neutral by 2045 at the latest (Scope 1 + 2). The interim goal is to reduce CO₂ emissions by 65% by 2030 compared with the base year 2010 (with the emissions of Schönefeld and Tegel airports). As far as possible, the focus is on the actual reduction of CO₂ emissions as well as on local and regional energy use.

Furthermore, the management board and the executives see the commitment to the environment and climate protection as a strategic management task. Potentially negative impacts of corporate decisions on the environment and climate are already taken into account and avoided in the basic assessment or preliminary planning. The environmental legislation and official requirements to be complied with are to be exceeded as far as reasonable and possible.


Ongoing improvement of our environmental performance and energy efficiency

Through the use of state-of-the-art technology, optimised operational management, and environmentally conscious user behaviour, we are continually reducing the consumption of energy and resources. Within the framework of energy management (ISO 50001), we set ourselves specific goals with regard to reducing the consumption of energy and resources as well as negative effects on the environment.

We continuously monitor, evaluate, and document the negative environmental impacts resulting from our business activities as well as the consumption of resources and energy. 

If the achievement of our environmental and energy-related goals is at risk, we take further steps in a timely manner. Noise protection is a high priority for FBB. It offers affected residents extensive passive noise protection measures and actively strives for an effective reduction of noise pollution in the vicinity of the airport with a novel model of single-event-dependent noise charges.

FBB also strives for continuous improvement in terms of waste and waste water avoidance as well as the economical use of water resources. Compliance with all statutory limits for air pollutants is monitored by FBB with its own measuring stations. FBB promotes biodiversity at the airport and strives to enhance suitable areas in the surrounding area through additional nature conservation measures.


Raising environmental awareness and including our business partners

We train and qualify all employees so that everyone can contribute to protecting the climate and the environment at their workplace. We involve airlines, service providers, and other business partners in the topics of climate protection and sustainability. In addition to the direct responsibility for the actual airport operation (Scope 1 + 2), the company works with the respective partners on ways to reduce their emissions and provides infrastructure for this purpose (Scope 3).


Information and dialogue

We actively seek an open and objective dialogue with the airport’s many different stakeholders. This includes the greatest possible transparency. The results of noise and air quality measurements are published on an ongoing basis. We regularly inform the general public about the impact of our operations on the environment and our efforts to protect the environment and the climate.