FOCA ICAO certificate
Beginning of 2007, Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) has issued Geneva International Airport with the certificate stating that the organisation and documentation of the procedures intended to ensure airport infrastructure safety meet the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
ICAO has drawn up standards and recommendations applicable to aerodrome safety-related procedures. These requirements, which are set out in ICAO's Annex 14, define such things as runway snow clearance, aircraft de-icing, action by firefighters, aircraft refuelling, or the organisation of periodic inspections of runways and approach beacons. The aim of the standards laid down by ICAO is to ensure that airport infrastructure is always safe and operational. The relevant procedures have to be listed in an aerodrome manual that also serves as a reference for the safety management system. The manual describes how an organisation identifies, assesses and contains existing risks.
The first Swiss airports to be certified to ICAO standards are those that handle scheduled and charter traffic, i.e. Geneva and Zurich national airports, and also Bern, Lugano, Sion and Saint-Gall-Altenrhein regional aerodromes. FOCA has drawn up in collaboration with those airports a general outline for the aerodrome and safety-management systems manuals. Taking that as a basis, aerodromes define the operation and inspection procedures appropriate for their own infrastructure. FOCA then analyses the documentation submitted and checks during an audit lasting several days whether the airports are actually applying the relevant processes and procedures. Every three years, certified aerodromes undergo a refresher audit carried out by FOCA, the aim of which is to check that their procedures are still compliant with ICAO standards. The bi-national Basle-Mulhouse airport will be certified by the French authorities with FOCA's assistance.
"1+ For All" label
Genève Aéroport was awarded the “1+ For All” label for the first time end of 2012 and was renewed in February 2015.
The label is a recognition, by public and economic actors, of companies in Geneva that employ the long-term jobless or those whose benefits are due to end.
Awarded for a period of two years by the Department of Employment, Social Affairs and Health, the label enables companies to promote their commitment to employment.
Charter "1+ For All" from Genève Aéroport (French)
For more information: www.ge.ch/unpluspourtous (French)
Health management rewarded
For many years, Genève Aéroport has been committed to systematic management of enterprise health and safety through voluntary measures.
It thus has a policy on the subject that is formalised and communicated, has set up a health safety at work committee responsible for defining strategic and operational objectives, takes action intended to improve and maintain the health of staff and the monitoring thereof, organises training courses in that field, has a work medic on site, etc.
All points, among many others, that were identified by the Promotion Santé Suisse foundation which, after an in-depth assessment, then awarded Genève Aéroport the “Friendly Work Space” label that distinguishes companies that successfully implement measures to optimise enterprise framework conditions and that make the health and safety of their staff central to their concerns.
SIG offre découverte
Since 2012, electric power chosen by Geneva Airport is composed for 20% of the product SIG Vitale Vert, supplied from renewable energy (solar and biomass) and hydropower naturemade star certified, and 80% of the product SIG Vitale Bleu, supplied from hydropower.
This energy is partly produced in Geneva. This choice will contribute to the development of solar energy in the canton.
Airport Carbon Accreditation
Since 2011, Geneva Airport is certified at Level 3 of the Airport Carbon Accreditation program.
Airport Carbon Accreditation is a certification program created by ACI Europe for managing greenhouse gas emissions. This certification assesses and recognizes the efforts made by airports to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases and require verification by an independent third party. It includes four levels of certification: (1) mapping, (2) reduction, (3) optimization and (3+) neutrality. To date more than 110 airports around the world have been accredited.
Among the measures aimed at all the companies on the site, mention may be made of the Watt Else energy saving program, the tarmac vehicles renewal policy, or the staff mobility plan.
When it was launched in 2009, ACA certification applied only to European airports. It was subsequently extended to the Asia-Pacific region; as of a few weeks back, it now applies to all airports across the world and has become de-facto the world standard for the management of airport greenhouse gas emissions.
Today, there are more than 150 certified airports around the world. Only 26 airports are certified at Level 3, of which 18 are in Europe, 7 in Asia and 1 in North America.
Certificat Nature et Economie
Since 2011, Geneva Airport is one of the 308 companies certified by the Nature & Economy Foundation, which by the quality of their natural surfaces, contribute to the preservation of biodiversity.
1st certification: 13.12.2011
Current certification: 05.09.2014
Certificate 2014 (French - PDF)