We aim to support and assist the growth of the aviation industry, while simultaneously minimising our impact on the environment. By taking a disciplined approach to our Environmental Policy, we’re able to achieve our goal to have a neutral impact on the ecosystem, and our commitment to excellence in environmental management.
The impacts of aircraft emissions, aircraft noise and the industry’s reliance on other natural resources are increasingly being called out at both a global, national and community level. In response, the aviation industry is seeking to improve its sustainability, whilst also looking to address significant disruption, which is likely to flow from the exponential increase in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones).
Our Environmental and Sustainability Strategy has been developed to combat this current setting and demonstrate our commitment to support the long-term growth of Australia’s aviation industry and the changing profile of aircraft that operate in our airspace, ensuring that all efforts are made to balance the safety imperative against the need to improve the sustainability of the industry.
Key environmental outcomes
We drive progress through ambitious goals, and these statistics demonstrate our environmental responsibility in action.
Amount of fuel saved per arrival, due to continuous descent approach.
We began assisting the aviation industry to meet Air Navigation (Aircraft Noise) Regulations 2018.
How we approach
We recognise that industry plays a vital role in addressing the challenges we face with climate change, global warming and the need to reduce our carbon footprint. At Airservices we are continuously looking at ways to enhance our resource efficiency to assist with the reduction of emissions and incorporating environmental factors into decision making across the organisation.
ECO RISK MANAGEMENT
An environmental assessment must be carried out before any changes to on-ground and air traffic management operations are made. This assessment is a key measure used to determine whether the change has the potential to cause significant harm to the environment. In honour of our commitment to the ecosystem, we will only go ahead with the proposed changes if the risk to the environment is able to be managed to as low as reasonably practicable.
Noise exposure forecasting
Long term forecasts of future aircraft noise levels around airports are presented in Australian Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF) charts. ANEFs are primarily used by State, Territory and Local Governments for land use zoning purposes. Airservices technically endorses ANEFs to ensure their accuracy.
Protecting and preserving
We recognise our responsibility to protect the value of Australia’s natural and cultural heritage in sites under our ownership. We take an active interest in both our environmental and our heritage obligations, as demonstrated by the updated Heritage Strategy 2018-2020.