Environmental Policy

Environmental Policy

Global Ballooning Australia is a Commercial Hot Air Ballooning Operator offering hot air balloon flights over Melbourne and the Yarra Valley. Headed up by one of Australia’s leading balloonists, Kiff Saunders, we take great pride in offering our passengers a safe, pleasurable, value-for-money and sustainable adventure experience.

This document outlines our commitment to environmental sustainability as well as our accomplishments and current initiatives.

Our commitment

As a leading hot air balloon company, Global Ballooning Australia is committed to minimise the impact of our operations on the environment.

Our goal is to operate in an ecologically sustainable manner by reducing waste and the use of energy and resources.

To do so, we:

  • Identify, strive and promote to achieve best environmental practice in our management systems and operations;
  • Provide an environmentally sound workplace, and progressively implement a range of environmentally sound work practices;
  • Work closely with our employees, contractors, suppliers, clients and other stakeholders to develop and implement agreed environmental initiatives consistent with this policy;
  • Explore opportunities for improved environmental awareness within our relationships with stakeholders.

Current initiatives

✓ Carbon offsets

Green FleetWe have partnered with Greenfleet, Australia’s most trusted source of biodiverse carbon offsets, to offset the emissions from our fleet. Every year, we calculate the amount of greenhouse gases generated by our operations fleet and Greenfleet plants enough native trees in Australia to capture our emissions.

As they grow, these trees form permanent forests which do much more than sequester carbon. Greenfleet’s forests re-build vital habitat for native wildlife, improve water quality in catchments, prevent soil erosion and salinity, and safeguard Australia’s unique biodiversity.

Greenfleet planted 1,449 native trees to establish a biodiverse forest and this offset 388.31 tonnes of CO2-e generated between 1 July - 30 June 2016.

We are proud to be the first and only Victorian hot air ballooning operator to publicly commit to offsetting our greenhouse gas emissions by partnering with Greenfleet, Australia’s first biodiverse carbon offset provider. We are taking on a leadership role in an area where we can make a difference and set an example to our industry.

✓ Electricity usage

Green PowerOur office lighting is fitted with energy efficient devices to reduce our electricity usage.

We purchase 100% Origin Green Power, supporting renewable energy projects in Australia.

All electrical equipment including printers, fax machines and computers are turned off after hours.

✓ Waste management

We have a recycling system in place in the office whereby all scrap paper is reused for 1-sided printing and recycled through VISY.

Customers are encouraged to choose their gift vouchers and flight confirmation to be emailed instead or being printed and posted out.

Pilots are always seeking alternative sites to launch and land from to reduce the impact on parkland. Global Ballooning Australia ensure a positive relationship with Parks Victoria to ensure quality of parkland is maintained. No food or drink is permitted during the flight eliminating waste for the duration of the tour.

Immediate action is taken by Global Ballooning Australia staff to restore any damage from balloon launch/ land sites.

✓ Sustainable procurement

We analyse all our procurement needs and look for the most environmentally sound options available for each need.

All our promotional material and stationary are printed on 100% recycled paper.

The balloons are cleaned using tank water, when washing the water runs onto farmland. High pressure washers are used to minimise water use when cleaning.

Use of 100% liquid propane which burns cleaner than the cheaper LPG butane mix.

Daily flights last 1 hour in duration causing a very low level of emissions.

Crew vehicles are powered using diesel rather than petrol.

2016 - 2017 Plan

We continuously work to improve the way we operate to reduce our impact on climate change.

Our objective for 2016 - 17 is to strengthen our environmental programs and deepen our partnership with the environmental not-for-profit business, Greenfleet.

Engaging with our stakeholders

Global Ballooning Australia is extending its strong environmental commitment with Greenfleet to its passengers. We are offering passengers the option to donate to Greenfleet online to offset their hot air balloon flight upon booking.

An average hot air balloon flight generates 378.1kg of greenhouse gases. By donating to Greenfleet, passengers are taking practical climate action which helps restore Australian landscapes with sustainable, native forests.

We also plan to promote Greenfleet to our supply chain and encourage our suppliers to offset their own emissions. A preference will be given to suppliers with strong environmental commitments.

Global Ballooning Australia is currently investigating opportunities in the following areas:

  • Reducing power/water consumption by 5% compared with 2014/15

  • Arrange tree planting days and continue with carbon offsetting partnership with Greenfleet

  • Seek companies who we can join forces with to embrace our environmental policy

This document was last updated in August 2016.