Environmental Policy

Environmental Policy

Our commitment

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

We buy and employ locally, recycle and support our community - this is our commitment to our business and the communities we do business in sustainably.

Our goal is to operate in an ecologically sustainable manner by minimising our impact on the environment 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 the office whereby all scrap paper is reused for 1-sided printing and then recycled through VISY.

Customers are encouraged to choose their gift vouchers and flight confirmations to be emailed instead of being printed/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/ landing 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.

✓ COMMUNITY

Global Ballooning Australia places great emphasis on supporting the community and continues to ensure that it cements itself as a valued member of the community in both Melbourne & Yarra Valley. The stronger the partnership, the greater the success we have as a region.

Throughout the last 24 years, Global Ballooning Australia has been building on the community brand by being extremely active in the areas in which we fly over.

Ways in which we support our local community -

  • Donate to local schools and emergency services
  • Volunteer our time at community events by tethering a balloon
  • Public speaking to promote the importance of offering an accessible experience
  • Planting trees with our partner Greenfleet
  • Support local businesses through partnership packages 
  • Employ locals
  • Promotion of not only hot air ballooning but the areas in which we work from - Melbourne and the Yarra Valley Region as a visitor destination

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.

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 looking into the below opportunities:

  • Reducing paper, electricity & water consumption by 10% compared with 2015/16

  • 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

 

Last updated - December 2016.