Växjö Småland Airport sets high standards of environmental safety and is actively committed to realising environmental targets through concrete action. Here are a few examples:
De-icing and gritting
In winter, de-icing and gritting agents are used to ensure air safety. For de-icing planes, we use monopropylene glycol diluted with water. Monopropylene glycol is "related" to alcohol, but in contrast to radiator glycol it has low toxicity and breaks down easily into carbon dioxide and water. At least 80 per cent of the glycol that falls on the airport apron is collected by a vacuum truck and taken to the municipal wastewater treatment plant.
Gritting at airports is an environmental concern for those who use urea, a high-nitrogen fertilizer. In Växjö our committed and knowledgeable personnel have replaced urea with sand, thus avoiding undesirable emissions into the sensitive ecosystem around lake Helgasjön.
Enclosed fuel tanks
Tanks for aviation fuel are kept in enclosures to prevent any discharge of fuel into the surroundings under normal conditions.
Low noise level
The airport meets all noise restriction requirements. To further reduce noise over Växjö, planes do not make their left approach turn until they have passed 4.5 nautical miles south. Airlines are also gradually switching to planes with lower noise levels.
Modern fire training station
The airport's modern fire training station has been designed in such a way that extinguishing agents and fuel from exercises cannot escape into the surroundings.