The company declares whether or not it pursues a sustainability strategy. It explains what concrete measures it is undertaking to operate in compliance with key recognised sector-specific, national and international standards.
By applying a future-oriented, responsible corporate development strategy, Flughafen München GmbH (FMG) aims to protect its business model for the long term. As a result, sustainability represents an integral part
of its corporate strategy and is incorporated into every aspect of its business.
For the future, the company has identified three key strategic challenges:
- The needs-based and demand-oriented expansion of the infrastructure at the airport
- The imminent generational change
- The digital transformation.
The airport defined the guidelines for the medium-term development of the airport in its Strategy 2025. This describes five key fields of action for the successful operation of Munich Airport:
- Airside traffic development
- Landside access and traffic development
- Seamless travel (contribution to digitalization and customization of the travel chain)
- Expansion of non-aviation business
- Off-campus growth.
These fields of action were identified as a result of scenario analyses regarding the future of the aviation industry. They constitute an essential element of the picture of the future 2025 and are incorporated in the materiality matrix and the sustainability program.
As a «corporate citizen», i.e. a company that consciously acts in a responsible manner towards society, Munich Airport is always looking to pick up on issues of importance to its stakeholder groups. It welcomes dialog as an opportunity to continue developing its corporate policy, focused on sustainability. A fundamental review of Strategy 2025 was planned for 2019, in order to identify any areas that need adjustment and to take stock. This review was deferred to 2020 owing to achange in management personnel. The sustainability management
of the company incorporates the concerns of the stakeholders into its own concerns as well as into the strategic planning and operational implementation.
Using a materiality process, FMG identifies and prioritizes the issues that are important to external stakeholders and airport employees. Existing in-house processes and methods are linked to the internal strategy process for this purpose.
The Group-wide materiality analysis is based on the principles of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). It is an important tool for strategic sustainability management. The materiality matrix
and the sustainability program
are further important elements and provide the basis for the Executive Board to set the central parameters for the sustainable development of the Group.
FMG has set itself the goal of continuously improving processes, particularly with respect to the assessment and measurability of internal and external impact.
In 2015, the United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs). Politicians and businesses around the world have been called upon to transfer these SDGs into their fields of action and make a key contribution to achieving them by the year 2030 through, for example, innovation, pioneering technology, and responsible supply chains. The airport wants to demonstrate the impact its business activities has on the SDGs and how it can contribute positively in the future to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through its strategic projects.
To this end, FMG first identified the goals that are relevant to it and that it can influence. In 2017, another goal was added to the eleven identified: With SDG 11 «Sustainable cities and communities», sustainability is also taken into account in the realization of strategic building projects on the airport campus.
Munich Airport pursues the principles of sustainable building, focusing in particular on ecological, economic, and socio-cultural aspects. In terms of ecology, the goal is that the building itself, and then afterwards the operation of the building, should have a minimal impact on the environment through contaminants and through the consumption of resources, water, and energy. Building measures can lower greenhouse gas emissions and thus contribute to the achievement of the ambitious climate protection goals. One example of this is the already implemented switch of all the apron lighting from traditional lights to LED. An innovative concept in the field of water management is that of reusing gray water where possible.
Ecological improvements often require significant investment initially. However, they also frequently prove to be economically sustainable, since the operating costs fall in the long-term, for example, when less energy is consumed. As the original Munich Airport buildings are now more than 30 years old, there is significant potential, through renovations, to improve both their ecological and economic sustainability.
The third aspect of sustainable building is the goal of creating, through the buildings, a healthy and pleasant environment for employees and users. Here ecological issues intertwine with issues of comfort and high-quality amenities. This goal was already realized with the new building for the Real Estate division on the edge of the emerging LabCampus, which offers relaxation spaces and communications zones. To this end, FMG already established an internal pool of DGNB Consultants back in 2018.