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New sustainability report showcases TAV Airports' green credentials

TAV Airports has become the latest airport operator to publish a GRI G4 compliant sustainability report, and it makes for good reading for those keen to check up on its environmental track record.

For based on activities related to the environment, social and corporate governance, according to TAV the report confirms that Istanbul Atatürk, Ankara Esenboğa and Izmir Adnan Menderes airports are among the most environmentally-friendly airports on the planet.

President & CEO, Sani Şener, says: “At TAV Airports, we believe that financial returns are not eligible unless they also generate social benefits.

"Providing the best travel experience to our passengers, we are working to minimise the environmental impacts of our operations while trying to create maximum value to our stakeholders.

"Thanks to this report, we would like to share the outcomes of our works in environmental, social and corporate governance fields in line with our accountability and transparency principles.”
He goes on: "Today, TAV-operated Istanbul Atatürk, Izmir Adnan Menderes and Ankara Esenboğa airports have optimised and neutralised their carbon emissions and are listed amongst the top 21 environmentally-friendly airports in Europe. 

"In 2015 alone, we reduced our carbon emission that was equal to the yearly consumption of 947 houses. Also, Enfidha Airport in Tunisia became the first airport participating in the programme from the Africa continent.

"Being aware that customer satisfaction comes with employee happiness, we provide ethical values, working conditions at international standards and extensive professional and personal development opportunities to our personnel.

"We adopt policies and practices that support variety. As a result of these works, TAV's employee satisfaction rate increased from 63.6% to 66.9% in three years, which is six points higher than the sector average.

"We contribute to the development of the regions where we operate and of the societies we interact. In 2015, TAV achieved a local procurement rate of 96% from approximately 4,800 active suppliers.
"Consequently, TAV's customer satisfaction rate measured by independent Airport Quality Survey (ASQ) increased 10 points, which was the main goal.

"We will continue to work to create the maximum value for our passengers, partners, shareholders, suppliers, employees and also societies which are directly or indirectly in touch with our activities."

TAV points out that it has issued sustainabilty reports since 2010 and in fact was named as one of the 15 companies to meet the Borsa Istanbul (BIST) Sustainability Index criteria in 2014.

The company has also signed UN Global Compact (UNGC) and Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs).

And there's more as TAV was the first company in Turkey to join the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Water Program and it has increased its CDP Climate Change programme carbon disclosure score from 64 to 89.
During the reporting period, TAV decreased 2,266 tons of carbon emission at Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir airports which is equal to removing approximately 479 vehicles from traffic for a year.

As part of Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) programme, TAV-operated Izmir Adnan Menderes and Ankara Esenboğa airports have minimised their carbon emissions.


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