Environmental Sustainability

At QAL, we take our commitment to the environment seriously. As the airport lessee, we are responsible for ensuring the operation and development of our airports is managed in an environmentally responsible manner.

We do this by:

Our Sustainability Goals

Balance development and mitigation of environmental impacts

Encourage environmentally responsible development

Encourage responsible management of energy, water, wast and environment

Reduce environmental impacts

Gold Coast Airport has areas of environmental and cultural value. The airport is in a biogeographic region considered to be one of Australia’s most diverse in terms of its natural terrain and flora species. Approximately 25 per cent of the 371-hectare Commonwealth lease area is dedicated to conservation through the Cobaki environment precinct.

The current Gold Coast Airport environment strategy was approved as part of the 2017 Gold Coast Airport Master Plan. Further information on GCA’s environmental management can be found here.

Townsville Airport is also required to produce an Environment Strategy as part of the master planning process, which was approved in 2010.

All QAL airports have achieved level 2 accreditation under the Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation Program.

Environmental Legislation

Our airports operate under the Airports Act 1996 and Airports (Environmental Protection) Regulations 1997.