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.
As a member of a group of Geneva enterprises, Geneva International Airport (GVA) has given an undertaking to the Swiss Confederation on voluntary CO2 emission reductions and improved energy efficiency. GVA has proposed a targeted plan of action to that end.
The action is being taken in consultation with the Energy for the Economy Agency (AEnEC), which conducts an annual assessment of the group’s overall performance and validates energy figures and also action taken by each member.
SIG Vitale Vert Certificate
For some years now, GVA has been using only SIG Vitale Bleu electricity, certified 100% from hydropower.
In 2009, GVA made an extra effort by purchasing for some of its supply SIG Vitale Vert electricity, which also complies with the NatureMade Star label. This electricity is produced in accordance with the most demanding criteria and comes from small hydro, solar power and biomass power stations. This choice of energy helps to contribute to the development of new renewable energy sources and to the modernization of hydropower installations.
Airport Carbon Accreditation
In November 2011, Geneva Airport has achieved 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: mapping, reduction, optimization and neutrality. To date 46 European airports have been accredited.