Ecologically sustainable development
As an Australian Government agency, CASA reports on its environmental performance as required by the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
Environmental management system
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 an organisation's environmental performance and reduce the environmental impact of its 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.
Measures taken to minimise the impact of activities on the environment
CASA strives 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. CASA released a revised EMS policy and manual in 2010–11 and embedded the system into its operations in 2011–12.
During 2012–13, CASA:
- published a revised EMS Manual, including an updated action plan
- reviewed and amended its Environmental Management Policy, which is expected to be published in October 2013
- achieved, for the third consecutive year, Australian Capital Territory Government accreditation of the waste collection system in place at Aviation House
- moved its Sydney-based operations into the 4.5 star rated building at Centennial Plaza, 260 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, and included energy-efficient lighting controls in the fit-out of the office
- reviewed waste management practices in its regional office network to align them with those at the main sites at Canberra and Brisbane.
In 2012–13, CASA was not involved in any actions likely to have a significant impact on matters of national environmental significance on Commonwealth land.