Ecologically sustainable development
As a Commonwealth agency, CASA reports on its environmental performance as required by the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999.
Principles of ecologically sustainable development
CASA has developed an environmental management system (EMS) consistent with Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS ISO 14001:2004. The EMS is a tool designed to improve the organisation’s environmental performance and reduce the environmental impact of CASA’s operations. The EMS documentation and structure that CASA has put in place provide a sound framework for environmental management.
CASA’s Environmental Management 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. During 2010–11, CASA issued a revised Environmental Management Policy and Manual.
Measures taken to minimise the impact of activities on the environment
CASA continues to strive to achieve best practice environmental standards in office management and general operations. Strategies and projects are being implemented to reduce the environmental impact of CASA’s operations. Objectives, targets and action plans are set out clearly and responsibilities and timeframes have been established. Each year, CASA reviews its environmental performance and updates its environmental action plans accordingly.
Achievements during 2010–11 included:
- the release of the revised policy and manual, and an energy management plan
- the establishment of environmental management committees in the major offices in Canberra and Brisbane
- improved results in reducing the waste directed to landfill out of the major tenancy at Aviation House in Canberra, and Australian Capital Territory Government accreditation of the waste collection system at Aviation House
- reductions in the proliferation of printers and other electrical equipment, as part of a refit of the offices, in Aviation House
- the sale of the workstation screens and loose furniture made obsolete by the refit of Aviation House to a buyer who was able to refurbish the items and install them into new fit-outs elsewhere.
In 2010–11, CASA was not involved in any actions likely to have a significant impact on matters of national environmental significance on Commonwealth land.