Aircraft painting historically produces a large amount of liquid and solid waste ranging from hazardous chemicals, to masking materials.
Primarily using the hierarchy of controls, FCA adopts alternative materials that substitute harmful chemicals that are typically extremely hazardous and costly to dispose of. Properly maintained Graco electrostatic spray equipment reduces material usage which in turn has multiple benefits other than reducing waste. Efficient planning and capitalising on the benefits of Basecoat Clearcoat (BCCC) paint systems enables FCA to reduce waste where ever possible.
Our commitment to the environment, drove us to make the conscious decision
to upgrade our existing chemical waste treatment plant, to a fully automated
system. This system captures and treats harmful waste produced during
repainting activities, ensuring either full compliance prior to releasing to sewer
or to regulated trade waste services. Treating onsite enables us to reduce our
total waste output and reliance on third party trade waste services.
With an average of 300 days of clear sky per year, our facilities are in prime
location to harness the power of the sun. FCA is in the advanced planning
stages of installing a 100kw solar PV system along with LED efficient lighting
to reduce our total power consumption and carbon emissions by an estimated
65%, resulting in FCA becoming the most energy efficient paint facility in the world with the lowest carbon footprint and emissions, with aspirations on being completely carbon neutral by the end of 2020.
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This solar power will be utilised to not only provide as alternate power source, by procuring a Ground Power Unit (GPU) and capable tow tractors that are fully electric, they will be charged and/or provide ground power with zero emissions purely from solar, the first of it’s kind in Australia and the only paint shop in the world planning to offer carbon neutral towing and ground power services.
These projects, forged by our internal "better business" initiative TAKE OFF
reiterates our commitment to ensuring that repainting an aircraft is as environmentally friendly and sustainable as possible.