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  • upgrade its aircraft fleet, replace outdated energy-intensive types of aircraft with new assets offering enhanced fuel efficiency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.

In pursuance of Executive Order 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 providing for a 42% decrease in specific fuel consumption across the fleet by 2020 from the 2007 rate.

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Quality management system

PJSC Aeroflot has in place an integrated management system with the quality management system (QMS) as its core element. For many years, PJSC Aeroflot’s QMS has successfully passed certification audits under ISO 9001 (Quality Management System) and registrations under the IATA’s industry programmes (IOSA – Operational Safety Audit, ISAGO – Safety Audit for Ground Operations).

Efforts to improve the QMS are aligned with activities to further improve the assessment framework for KPI-based evaluation of performance and progress on the implementation of internal and external QMS standards applied by the IATA, SkyTeam, and Aeroflot Group.

In February 2017, PJSC Aeroflot’s integrated environmental management system successfully passed a re-certification audit. The audit was carried out by TÜV Rheinland Russia, a branch of the world’s leading certification agency, and looked at compliance with ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management Systems) and ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management Systems).

The compliance audit revealed no critical instances of non-compliance and confirmed that PJSC Aeroflot’s integrated management system met the international standards ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.

In May 2017, Aeroflot airline successfully passed the IATA Operational Safety Audit for IOSA compliance for the seventh time. The IOSA certificate and operator status were extended until October 2019.


Fuel efficiency and air quality initiatives

PJSC Aeroflot is implementing environmental impact mitigation initiatives: almost all of its fleet is in compliance with ICAO standards for noise levels and atmospheric pollution. Fuel efficiency management is one of the Company’s operational priorities as higher fuel efficiency reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

PJSC Aeroflot develops and implements its annual fuel efficiency and cost-cutting programme which has helped PJSC Aeroflot reduce its specific fuel consumption by 9.6% over the past five years, totalling 277.6 grams per tonne-kilometre (TKM) in 2017, while specific СО2 emissions decreased by 9.5% to 875.1 g/TKM.

CO2 emissions are fully monitored and recorded throughout the route network in line with the applicable Russian and European laws and regulations. CO2 emissions reporting is guided by national standards and the procedure adopted by the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). In 2017, as part of compliance with the EU ETS requirements, PJSC Aeroflot passed the CO2 emissions verification audit of its 2016 annual report, following which the operational CO2 emissions will be compensated through purchasing missing quotas.

The Company carries out regular fine-tuning of instrumental controls and fuel system to ensure compliance with permitted toxicity and smoke levels. The Company also continuously conducts studies of pollutant emissions at the paint facilities of the Aircraft Technical Service Department and the Ground Handling Department, which revealed no excessive emissions above the authorised limit in 2017. Furthermore, to mitigate pollutant emissions, the Company conducts regular ventilation system inspections at its operational and office premises.

Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

In 2017, PJSC Aeroflot received its first international Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) rating for disclosures on climate change management and greenhouse gas emissions. Under the CDP, companies from across the globe make standardised reports on their greenhouse gas emissions and on climate change activities. According to the published CDP rating, PJSC Aeroflot was awarded a performance score of D (Disclosure), a good result for a first-time participant. PJSC Aeroflot also mapped out a number of initiatives to be implemented in 2018 to raise its rating.

Today, the rating includes over 800 institutional investors with more than USD 95 trillion under management and is consistently gaining popularity both among investors and companies disclosing their information and seeking to improve their scores.

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

PJSC Aeroflot is working towards reducing its production and consumption waste disposed to landfills and growing the share of waste sent for recycling and disposal. Company’s specialists regularly inspect production and consumption waste storage sites, as well as maintain monthly records of generation and movement of production and consumption waste across the business units.

The Company runs regular employee workshops on production and consumption waste management. To arrange paper waste sorting, PJSC Aeroflot allocated sites for paper and cardboard waste storage and its subsequent handover for recycling.

The total waste of PJSC Aeroflot amounted to 26,700 tonnes in 2017. No critical industrial spills were registered at PJSC Aeroflot in 2017.