Environmental responsibility

Our approach

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.

Aeroplane shadow on the ground.

Environmental sustainability


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.

The numbers

Key environmental outcomes

We drive progress through ambitious goals, and these statistics demonstrate our environmental responsibility in action.

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Amount of fuel saved per arrival, due to continuous descent approach.

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We began assisting the aviation industry to meet Air Navigation (Aircraft Noise) Regulations 2018.


ISO 14001

The Environmental Management Standard under which Airservices is certified.


115,000 tonnes

The amount of carbon dioxide saved per year due to Smart Tracking.


How we approach

Climate change

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.

View from aeroplane out on to the Australian coast line.
Team members making environment assessments.

Eco risk management

Environmental assessment

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.

ANEF charts

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.

Noise exposure heat maps.

Protecting and preserving

Australia’s heritage

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 2021-2023.

Environment partners

Industry groups

Airservices provide safe, secure, efficient and environmentally responsible services to the aviation industry.


Community involvement

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Work with us

Airservices is at the forefront of Australian aviation. We are uniquely connected to all parts of the industry and offer exciting and innovative work across a range of operational and corporate roles.

Career paths on offer at Airservices include
Air Traffic Control, Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting, information technology, corporate support and more.