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Annual Report 2005-06: Ecologically sustainable development

Ecologically sustainable development

Under subsection 516A(3) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, CASA must report on its actions and operations during the financial year in accordance with subsection 516A(6) of that Act.

Under subsection 9A(1) of the Civil Aviation Act 1988, CASA must regard the safety of air navigation as the most important consideration when exercising its powers and performing its functions. However, subject to this overriding safety obligation, we are also required by subsection 9A(2) to exercise our powers and perform our functions in a manner that ensures, as far as is practicable, that the environment is protected from:

  • effects of the operation and use of aircraft
  • effects associated with the operation and use of aircraft.

CASA has regard to section 9A in regulatory standards development and compliance activities, in accordance with the principles of section 3A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

CASA is developing an environmental management system (EMS) as defined under the AS/NZS ISO 14001:1996. CASA’s EMS is a tool designed to improve the organisation’s environmental performance and reduce the environmental impact of our operations.

CASA’s Environmental Policy is a key element of the EMS. The policy formalises CASA’s commitment to environmental protection, and provides a framework for achieving continuous improvement in environmental performance.

CASA is committed to achieving best practice in office management and general operations. We are an active participant in the Australian Government’s energy efficiency policy, which drives our initiatives to reduce energy consumption and is part of the Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Strategy.

In addition, we employ waste reduction initiatives such as waste paper recycling programs and programs to recycle building waste when undertaking building fit-outs and refurbishments.

During 2005–06, CASA selected a new building in Woden, ACT, to replace the existing head office building when the lease expires in March 2007. The design of the office fit-out incorporated many ecologically sustainable features, including a requirement that the building will meet Australian Building Greenhouse Rating 4.5; the use of low-odour paints and reusable V-jointed plasterboard; the reuse of existing workstation screens and furniture; environmentally friendly fabrics on new loose furniture; movement-activated lighting controls in rooms and offices; photoelectric cell activated switching on perimeter lighting; and water-saving heads on showers.

In 2005–06, CASA was not involved in any actions likely to have a significant impact on matters of national environmental significance or on Commonwealth land.