Environmental protection

PJSC Aeroflot ecological policy is aimed at development of energetic and ecological efficiency of the passengers, baggage, post and cargo transportation. Main trend of the policy is to improve aircrafts’ fuel efficiency, which allows to decrease environmental stress along with operational expenses reduction.

Aeroflot, as the leader of Russia’s civil aviation, realizes its great social responsibility, and strives to secure a stable ecological balance in all activity areas. This forms an integral part of large-scale civil responsibility program, being a basic element of the company’s operations.

Aeroflot sets itself the following key environmental sustainability objectives:

  • maintain an environmental management
  • upgrade its aircraft fleet, replace outdated energy-intensive types of aircraft with new assets offering enhanced fuel efficiency
  • introduce resource-saving processes and technologies
  • optimise the route network and roll out new piloting techniques to reduce noise pollution and cut emissions from aircraft engines
  • manage waste with a focus on recycling to minimise the environmental impact
  • identify and benefit from new opportunities to improve environmental performance
  • include environmental performance indicators in the supplier and contractor selection process
  • raise environmental awareness and promote resource efficiency among PJSC Aeroflot’s employees.

PJSC Aeroflot management commits to follow statutory and other requirements and provide resources for ecological policy realization and ecological management system enhancement.

Pursuant to Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 889 On Selected Measures to Improve Energy and Environmental Efficiency of the Russian Economy dated 4 June 2008, the Company continues to implement its Energy Saving and Environmental Performance Programme until 2020. PJSC Aeroflot’s Energy Saving and Environmental Performance Programme is being updated to cover the period from 2020 to 2030. The updated version will focus on the energy efficiency of the airline’s aircraft fleet.

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Quality management system

PJSC Aeroflot has an integrated management system in place whose efficiency and performance is regularly validated by internationally recognised external auditors. The management system has as its basic integrating element a quality management system (QMS) which has been internationally certified under ISO 9001 (Quality management systems) and registered under the IATA’s industry programmes (IOSA – Operational Safety Audit) for many years. The system helps ensure that the products and services offered by PJSC Aeroflot’s business units and service providers comply with its flight safety, aviation security and service quality requirements.

In order to comply with national and international requirements for third-party service control and to mitigate risks that can impact quality and flight safety, PJSC Aeroflot holds memberships with the following IATA pools:

  • IFQP (IATA Fuel Quality Pool)
  • DAQCP (IATA De-Icing/Anti-Icing Quality Control Pool)
  • ISAGO (IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations Pool).

PJSC Aeroflot has in place an environmental management system. In 2020, the Company’s integrated management system successfully passed a certification audit, confirming its compliance with ISO 9001 and 14001 international standards. The audit was carried out by certification agency TÜV Rheinland and assessed compliance with ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management Systems) and ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management Systems).

Aeroflot Group’s efforts to enhance the QMS are aligned with the development of a KPI-based performance evaluation framework and assessment of compliance with internal and external management system standards both as part of IATA and SkyTeam alliance and within Aeroflot Group itself. The quality management system improvement activities of Aeroflot Group included the following:

  • subsidiary airline consulting and guidance on preparing for IOSA and ISO certification audits
  • continuous monitoring of the airlines’ compliance with Aeroflot Group’s requirements
  • coordination and control of compliance with the EU ETS requirements
  • coordination and monitoring of activities necessary for ensuring compliance with CORSIA, the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation.

To further improve its QMS, PJSC Aeroflot implements innovative management approaches and streamlines its internal processes while using tools that are unique in the Russian air transportation market. These efforts improve service quality and ensure a high level of flight safety.

Fuel efficiency and air quality initiatives

Managing fuel efficiency is one of the Company’s top priorities. Use of modern and fuel-efficient aircraft reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Almost the entire Aeroflot fleet complies with ICAO standards for noise levels and atmospheric pollution.

PJSC Aeroflot has a corporate GHG emission management system in place including a СО2 emission monitoring and accounting system whereby the airline ensures compliance with Russian and international requirements for monitoring, reporting and verifying GHG emissions.

PJSC Aeroflot’s СО2 emissions monitoring and accounting system covers all emission sources across its entire route network.

In accordance with the EU ETS requirements, PJSC Aeroflot passes CO2 emission verification audit every year followed by buying missing quotas on a European exchange to compensate the verified operational CO2 emissions.

PJSC Aeroflot reports on GHG emissions from domestic flights every year in accordance with the Methodology and Guidance for Quantitative Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Organisations Engaged in Business and Other Activities in the Russian Federation as approved by Order No. 300 of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, dated 30 June 2015.

On 1 January 2019, PJSC Aeroflot undertook to comply with ICAO’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), which calls for the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of GHG emissions from international flights by aircraft operators and, as of 2027, CO2 emission compensation obligations.

Aeroflot develops a fuel efficiency and cost-cutting programme every year to further improve its fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. In 2019, these activities helped PJSC Aeroflot reduce fuel consumption by 17,700 tonnes which is equivalent to decreasing CO2 emissions by 55,700 tonnes.

Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

PJSC Aeroflot participates in the international Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) that calls for disclosing climate change management and GHG emission data. Under the CDP, companies from across the globe make standardised reports on their greenhouse gas emissions and climate change activities. PJSC Aeroflot’s CDP score – D (level of disclosure).

In order to improve its CDP score, PJSC Aeroflot developed and implemented a corporate GHG emission management system in 2019. Under the system, the airline continuously monitors direct and indirect GHG emissions and verifies GHG emission reports in accordance with ISO 14064-1 every year.

PJSC Aeroflot’s Greenhouse Gas Emission Management Guidelines were approved, and the Company prepared reports on direct and indirect GHG emissions in 2017 and 2018, which successfully passed verification for compliance with ISO 14064 by a third party – the Russian branch of Bureau Veritas, a world leader in certification and verification.

Sustainable use of water

PJSC Aeroflot is consistently reducing its negative impact on water bodies and ensuring the sustainable use of water. The quantity and quality of wastewater discharged by the building’s treatment facilities are constantly monitored. All metrics comply with Sanitation Rules and Regulations “Sanitation Requirements to Surface Waters Protection”.

The Company’s specialists monitor the morphometrics of the Klyazma River. In line with the applicable standards, PJSC Aeroflot submits regular wastewater quality and quantity reports to supervisory authorities.

Reduced generation and disposal of production and consumption waste

Aeroflot places high emphasis on setting up proper industrial waste collection sites and waste sorting. The Company regularly inspects land and sites for temporary storage of industrial waste and tracks industrial and commercial waste volumes and movement. All waste is disposed of in due time. The Company submits all the required environmental reporting documents to environmental authorities.

A total of 10.2 tonnes of paper and cardboard was handed over for recycling in 2019, which helped save 102 trees and reduce CO2 emissions by 17.4 tonnes. The Company also set up battery collection sites at its facilities in Moscow and Sheremetyevo airport.

No critical industrial spills were registered at PJSC Aeroflot in 2019.

Seeking to raise environmental awareness among its employees, the Company regularly runs environmental workshops and webinars.