Ecoloogically sustainable development
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.
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 time frames 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 2011–12 CASA:
- achieved a second 4.5 star energy efficiency accreditation under the National Australian Built Environment Rating System for CASA’s head office tenancy in Aviation House in Canberra
- further reduced the waste directed to landfill out of CASA’s major tenancy at Aviation House
- again achieved Australian Capital Territory Government accreditation of the waste collection system in place at Aviation House
- further reduced the number of printers and other electrical appliances used, as part of new office fit-outs or refits in Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville
- installed energy efficient lighting controls in the new fit-out of the Cairns office, and specified similar requirements for the new Sydney office into which staff are expected to move in August 2012
- further enhanced the use of videoconferencing facilities to reduce the need for interstate travel to attend meetings.
During 2012–13 CASA will review its environmental performance and update its environmental action plans accordingly.
In 2011–12, CASA was not involved in any actions likely to have a significant impact on matters of national environmental significance on Commonwealth land.