StandardAero Environmental Evolution
StandardAero has a proud history of environmental commitment and performance that dates back over twenty years. Since that time, substantial improvements have been made to our facilities, environmental program management, industrial processes, engineering controls, IT systems, procurement and contract management that have greatly enhanced our business profile and operational performance, in addition to reducing our environmental impact.
Legacy Standard Aero introduced a process improvement methodology referred to as “Cellular Redesign” to transform operational efficiency throughout the production cycle. Over the next ten years, Cellular Redesign initiatives were implemented at several key Standard Aero locations. The company experienced significant productivity improvements in both quality and reliability, as well as reduced costs, WIP and turn-time.
Standard Aero embarked on its largest internal redesign initiative, located in the historic Kelly AFB in San Antonio, Texas. Significant effort went into workflow optimization and redesign of production operations, including design for environmental process flow elements and large-scale state-of-the-art water recycling, waste and air emission engineering controls.
Upon startup completion, an environmental evaluation was conducted for the company’s first measured verification of the environmental benefits of Cellular Redesign and proactive environmental management.
The results were amazing.
When operations were compared before Cellular Redesign and after, the results showed a reduction of over one million pounds annually of hazardous and non-hazardous waste generation. Additionally, a closed-loop water recycling system was implemented to recover all industrial process waters yielding zero sanitary discharge. This is significant, considering the process variability and operational requirements for cleaning and coating operations in aviation MRO. The selection of wastewater recycling equipment, coupled with effective process definition and control, has led to the conservation of more than 750 million gallons of potable water since 1999. This is not only good for StandardAero, but also for our community and for the environment.
Environmental Management Systems (EMS) started to take shape in the aviation community after a decade of development and maturity in the electronics and automotive industries, along with many others around the world. In 2003, a small Standard Aero environmental team formed to evaluate the new environmental system in our industry. Research was conducted on global environmental management system schemes, and ISO 14001 was selected as the best fit for the company.
After a gap analysis, the four largest operations were selected for implementation: Winnipeg, San Antonio, Tilburg and Maryville. The locations were chosen for their size, complexity, quality management system maturity levels and potential benefits. The four sites were ultimately certified as independent locations - they have been successfully operating under the ISO 14001 EMS ever since.
After the acquisition and assimilation of the new StandardAero, the EMS vision changed in order to best suit our new company. We contemplated, “what if we use our success of the past to drive performance into the future on a global scale?” The odds were against us. Who would try to implement a global system in a recession with a new company and team members with different cultures?
As environmental impacts and costs moved to the forefront in the aerospace industry, investors and shareholders began demanding that companies act responsibly in order to protect their investment and to generate a positive return. Additionally, stakeholders came to expect responsible companies to prevent damage and to reduce impact in their communities.
StandardAero recognized these facts and made a commitment to turn its four-location ISO 14001 certification into a company-wide operational standard.
StandardAero became the first and only aviation enterprise in the world to receive a third party ISO 14001 certification.
We continue to create new operations and process initiatives in order to reduce our impact and to promote global environmental protection.