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CASA Annual Report 2002 03 Part 5: Corporate management report

Part 5: Corporate management report

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 the 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, CASA is also required by subsection 9A(2) to exercise its powers and perform its functions in a manner that ensures, as far as is practicable, the environment is protected from the effects:

  • of the operation and use of aircraft
  • 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 an active participant in the Australian Government's energy efficiency policy. It is this policy that drives CASA's initiatives to reduce energy consumption and, therefore, our contribution to the Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Strategy.

In addition, CASA employs waste reduction initiatives such as waste paper recycling programs and building waste recycling programs when undertaking building fitouts and refurbishments.

During 2002–03 CASA was not involved in any actions likely to have a significant impact on matters of national environmental significance or on Commonwealth land.