Environment and Sustainability

We believe the South Island is the best place in the world - the best place to visit, live and do business.

We believe the South Island changes people's lives, for the better and forever. We want it to prosper and be improved for everyone lucky enough to live here.

Christchurch city, as the main gateway to the South Island, exists in an area of unique, spectacular and beautiful geology. For example, the Canterbury region contains 59% of New Zealand's braided rivers and the Southern Alps provide water that is naturally filtered, requiring no human intervention to make it ready for people to drink here.

As citizens of the South Island, we consider it our responsibility and privilege to be caretakers of this very special place.

We are passionate about protecting the environment, minimising the use of all natural resources and improving the quality of life for our community. Compliance with regulatory and legal frameworks is important, but is just the start for us. We want to enhance the lives of all our stakeholders and we'll do this by concentrating our efforts in five key areas - water, energy, waste, land and noise.

The overarching philosophy guiding our approach to sustainability is best captured by the Maori concept of Kaitiakitanga. 

Read our 2018 Sustainability Report here (on page 54 of our 2018 Annual Review)

Read our 2017 Sustainability Report here

Christchurch Airport is a proud member of the Sustainable Business Council and the Sustainable Business Network.

We're proud winners of the 2017 Sustainable Business Network Ricoh Efficiency Champion award and obtained silver recognition from ACI Asia-Pacific Green Airports Recognition 2018 for our giant coffee cup bins.

We're the first business in the South Island to sign up to a global initiative, EV100, committing to transitioning our vehicle fleet to 100% electric by 2030.


The airport sits over an alluvial fan and we work hard to protect the city’s pure drinking water.


We are very focussed on minimising energy consumption through short and long term objectives for energy management.


The operation of an airport inevitably generates waste, which we actively focus on reducing, re-using, recycling, recovering and managing.


We are committed to taking great care of our uniquely beautiful natural surroundings, being mindful of our environment and the safety of our people.


We work to mitigate the impact of noise at the airport through developing noise management plans, to retain our 24 hour operating ability to support the economy of the region and New Zealand.