Environment + Planning
In both our existing and new developments we consider our impact on the environment and work to reduce our footprint wherever possible.
Hobart Airport is committed to our role in managing the environment while providing a sustainable airport operation. We have in place an Airport Environment Strategy which outlines our objectives and targets for continual environmental improvement.
Our Airport Environment Strategy (2015-2020) provides a long-term strategic vision for Hobart Airport and its interaction with the environment. Within the Strategy we have outlined our key objectives and targets in minimising our impact on the environment as a result of airport activities. The Strategy includes a description of the airport environmental values and the approach we are taking in order to manage those values sustainably. These are:
In order to understand, preserve and manage sites of cultural heritage value we are committed to a proactive and cooperative approach with relevant government departments, community groups and organisations.
The Airport contains buildings and sites of both historic and Aboriginal heritage value. Llanherne House is heritage listed at the State level while the Air Traffic Control tower has recently been listed at the Commonwealth level. A number of Aboriginal Heritage sites exist in the form of isolated artefacts and artefact scatters. All sites have management plans which ensure their values are maintained and managed effectively.
We have a range of biodiversity values at Hobart Airport that are unique to our island state and require careful management. These include vegetation communities that are listed at both the State and Commonwealth level and a range of threatened flora and fauna species. We manage these values through ongoing monitoring, condition assessment and evaluation.
To manage these values effectively we need to balance the protection of our biodiversity values with the operational aspects of wildlife management. We work with external organisations to better understand fauna attraction to surrounding areas so that we can incorporate this knowledge into our wildlife hazard management approach.
Additional fauna is monitored through the use of camera traps in order to understand the diversity and range of animals that call the Airport home.
We are committed to minimising impacts to regional air quality as a result of airport activities and to strive for continual improvement. We do this through a range of applications that include the reduction and use of ozone depleting substances, using clean energy sources and ensuring major projects consider the potential for air quality issues during both construction and operational phases.
Water and Soil Quality
Many activities on airport land have the potential to impact on land, surface water and groundwater. We manage these activities to minimise these impacts through site assessments and routine monitoring of surface and groundwater.
The Airport is in an environment that is surrounded by three water bodies, all of which become the receiving waters for the airport drainage network. It is therefore critical that we understand the nature and quality of the water and soil environment to ensure that Airport activities meet the requirements of relevant standards and regulations, including construction activities on all projects.
Energy and Natural Resources
We are committed to seeking ways in which to reduce resource use and the generation of waste and ‘greenhouse gases’ as a result of activities and operations at Hobart Airport. In order to better understand our carbon footprint we are participating in a voluntary global program with Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA), having recently achieved level two accreditation for reducing our carbon footprint. It is from this point that we can implement measures to optimise our carbon footprint and make a difference to airport carbon emissions.
To complement this, we continually seek ways in which to reduce energy consumption and the use of natural resources by adopting the principles of sustainable design on new projects where possible. Examples of these measures can be seen in the Airport’s Administration Building and new Terminal areas.
We continually strive to improve our waste management streams through reuse and recycling and other initiatives that result in waste management efficiencies. Waste management initiatives have been implemented in the terminal buildings, Airport Administration and maintenance projects around the Airport.
All major projects are encouraged to address waste management and the reduction of waste while working on airport land. The management of hazardous waste that results from airport activities is an important part of ensuring that impacts to the environment are minimised through effective controls and storage options.
Three-stream waste segregation:
In February 2019, we were proud to introduce our three-stream waste segregation initiative to the terminal in an effort to segregate recycling, organics and general waste and divert waste from landfill.
Our new bins are located throughout the terminal with signage clearly segregating the types of waste that can be recycled or composted rather than sent to landfill.
We have also been working with our food and beverage tenants to introduce compostable packaging and coffee cups at all outlets, which is now disposed of as organic waste.
While in the early stages of implementation, we are already observing outstanding rates of diversion and success in the segregation of waste generated from the terminal.
Moving forward, we plan to implement more sustainable practices including arrangements to compost coffee grinds, transition to compostable bin liners, and phase out plastic straws.
Hobart’s new by-law on single use plastics and vision to ban use by 2020 will further encourage the use of compostable packaging, which is already proving to be a great success in the terminal.
Watch introduction video here.
We are committed to applying the appropriate management and mitigation measures to reduce ground based noise emissions from activities at the Airport, including major projects, and that emissions produced meet legislative and regulatory requirements. We continue to engage with government and community stakeholders on issues related to ground based noise emissions and review and update procedures as required.
Please refer to Chapter 13 Environment of the 2015 Hobart Airport Master Plan.
Annual Environment Report
The Annual Environment Report summarises Hobart Airport’s environmental performance over the course of each financial year and its environmental achievements to date within that time period. The report also highlights the key environmental objectives and actions for the following year. The Report fulfils the statutory requirements of the Airports (Environment Protection) Regulations 1997 and is prepared using information derived from scheduled monitoring, reporting, on site environmental management, and supplementary investigations.
The current Annual Environment Report can be viewed below:
Hobart Airport is committed to aligning with 8 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
Management of PFAS at Hobart Airport
Hobart Airport undertakes a collaborative approach to PFAS management, working with both State and Commonwealth regulators and Airservices Australia.
What is PFAS?
Per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) are manufactured chemicals that have been used in a wide variety of substances and applications that include textiles and leather products, non-stick
cookware, food and packaging, floor polishes, pesticides, water and stain repellents and some firefighting foams.
Why is PFAS a Problem?
PFAS products resist physical, chemical and biological degradation, resulting in a persistent chemical
that is very stable and therefore accumulates in the environment. Over time, these chemicals migrate into surrounding soils, groundwater and surface water. PFAS contamination is not specific to Hobart Airport. It is an emerging national and international issue, subject to much research by scientists, industry and regulators across the globe.
How does PFAS affect Hobart Airport?
Firefighting foams containing PFAS were used at Hobart Airport as part of firefighting training. As such, PFAS is present at Hobart Airport specific to areas previously used for such training. Airservices was established in 1995 and all firefighting foams containing PFAS was phased out at Hobart Airport in 2010 as Airservices transitioned to a PFAS-free firefighting foam. This foam is used for operational responses only. All ARFF training at Hobart Airport continues using water only.
How is Hobart Airport Managing PFAS?
Hobart Airport is aware of the PFAS impacted sites on airport land and manages sites in accordance
with the guidance provided by the PFAS NEMP (2018). Hobart Airport conducts routine surface water and groundwater monitoring and complies with direction provided by the Commonwealth Government. Hobart Airport liaises with Airservices Australia on projects and monitoring outcomes that relate to PFAS management and remediation, sharing data and new information to facilitate our understanding of PFAS impacted areas on airport.
Further information on PFAS
Hobart Airport – Grow with us
A better airport for everyone.
From an isolated island at the bottom of the world to an internationally renowned travel destination, our airport has seen Tasmania through an endless journey of discovery, invention and creation and we are proud to bring those from near and far along for the ride.
Visit our development microsite for up to date information on our latest projects.
We welcome your feedback.
2015 Master Plan
If you are planning any building works near Hobart Airport, be aware that some activities can impact airport operations. For example, high cranes could penetrate Hobart air space and impact aircraft safety.
We work closely with Clarence City Council, and the state and Commonwealth governments to ensure that any planned developments on or near the airport do not affect our passenger safety or long term operations.
An update on our Terminal Expansion Project
In October, a consortium comprising of Australian-based asset manager QIC and Dutch-based airport operator, Royal Schiphol Group acquired a 70% equity interest in Hobart Airport. Tasmanian superannuation fund, Tasplan, holds the remaining 30% equity interest.
QIC and Schiphol are leading, long term investors in airports and infrastructure globally with over 110 years of experience in operating and developing airports. Both have deep sector expertise with a long and successful track record of delivering on significant capital expenditure projects in both Australia and globally.
Collectively, we are reviewing our terminal expansion plans to ensure that we provide the best opportunity for future growth, in a prudent and efficient manner, whilst also being mindful of the environment and community around us. This does take time and while this means that the previously announced terminal delivery date of December 2020 will not be achieved.
We continue to work closely with the airlines, the Federal and State Governments and relevant agencies to ensure Tasmanians get the best possible travel facilities, now and into the future.
We’re incredibly excited to have achieved level two accreditation with Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA).
This voluntary program is globally recognised with 96 members operating in over 510 airports in 42 countries with in the Asia-Pacific region. An airport must understand how much carbon it emits every year and from which activities and operations in order to plan how to limit these emissions. Therefore, as a first step, an airport needs to measure its carbon emissions, also known as its carbon footprint. An airport can measure its footprint itself, assisted by the accreditation guidance or get support from one of a number of specialist companies.
We have a number of environmentally sensitive areas at Hobart Airport, and it is our responsibility to ensure they are able to thrive now and into the future.
This involves managing the grasslands in ways that ensure protected herbs and flora growing within the grasses continue to flourish and maintain biodiversity.
Indigenous communities have been sustainably managing Australian landscapes for generations and have expert knowledge in cultural burning practices that gently manage growth, encourage the regrowth of herbs and grasses and reduce the threat of bushfire.
We worked with Andry and the land management team at the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre on our first burn which was conducted in August 2021.
You can view our Compliance Report here.