CAE’s products and services are inherently eco-friendly and we are committed to demonstrating leadership and excellence in our research, development, training and manufacturing activities.
Through this policy, CAE's management recognizes that it must include environment, health and safety factors in its decision-making, planning and management of business processes to promote the improvement of the quality of life of its employees, clients and the community.
CAE 5000 and 7000 Series full-flight simulators are equipped with CAE True electric motion systems that lower operating costs, energy consumption, scheduled maintenance and hazardous waste. Through the introduction of electromechanical motion systems in our simulators, customers have reduced their average power consumption by up to 70%. In addition, we have completely eliminated the use of 400 gallons of mineral oil per simulator, as well as all of the regular maintenance associated with the use of hydraulic oil.
Benefits of using simulation
Modeling and simulation solutions offer compelling benefits in terms of greenhouse gas reductions. An estimated 18.5 million gallons of jet fuel are saved annually by using a CAE Boeing 747 full-flight simulator instead of an actual aircraft. When used by defence forces, modeling and simulation reduce wear and tear on equipment, and on roads and bridges. Simulation-based training contributes to making commercial flying among the safest forms of transportation.
CAE adheres to strict environmental regulations in its operations. We comply with European RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) and REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical substances) standards for all of our simulation products, even those not sold in Europe. CAE continues to assess the applicability of RoHS to its products and has eliminated hazardous substances by substituting materials and changing internal processes for greener solutions.
In its Montreal plant, CAE has undertaken several projects and process modifications to reduce pollution. We have developed a chemical analysis and maintenance program for plating baths, which prolongs the useable life of chemicals by 500%. CAE introduced water-based cleaning to replace petroleum solvent previously used to clean parts prior to paint application. Our inspection programs for pollution abatement equipment (waste water treatment facility, fume scrubbers, etc.) significantly surpass requirements and have been described as exemplary by government inspectors.
Promoting sustainability at CAE
CAE has also developed the Greening Your Commute program which provides incentives, infrastructures and communication tools that encourage Montreal employees to use public transportation, carpooling or biking to work. CAE received the Reconnaissance des Leaders en transport durable prize for its role in sustainable transportation. This award recognizes initiatives that promote sustainable transportation within an organization.
Recycling is a priority. We have programs in place for recycling spent batteries, glass and plastic bottles, metal cans, paper and cardboard, the beneficial use of used oil and wood, as well as the recovery of metals. Over 70% of the total residual materials produced by the main plant in Montreal are recycled.
CAE’s Supplier Quality Manual (SQM) is intended to facilitate supplier compliance with CAE requirements, assist in the processing of enquiries, and improve communication between CAE and its suppliers. It is part of CAE’s continuing effort to meet the objectives of the company’s quality policy through improvement of supplier quality processes. CAE’s quality policy is to align all elements of the organization on consistent delivery of world-class products and services that meet or exceed customer expectations and to promote a culture of continuous improvement built on effective processes.
The principal objective of the SQM’s Process Control is to ensure that changes to manufacturing or processing operations of parts will yield components equal to those which previously satisfied CAE’s requirements. CAE also evaluates its suppliers through its comprehensive Quality Assurance Facility Survey Report.
CAE, through its Stockholm Training Centre, is an endorser of Green Connection, a project that utilises new technology and improved planning to develop greener flights, from take-off at Gothenburg Landvetter Airport to landing at Stockholm Arlanda Airport. Green Connection is headed by LFV and implemented through a collaboration between Swedavia, SAS, GE Aviation and Rockwell Collins.CAE supports the program by lending simulators for testing of the flight procedures. Through modern technology and improved co-operation, it is estimated that approximately one hundred of these flights will be made between December 15th and May 31st. The new way of flying reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 100-165 kg per flight.
ISO 9001 is the internationally recognised standard for the quality management of businesses. It applies to the processes that create and control the products and services an organisation supplies, it prescribes systematic control of activities to ensure that the needs and expectations of customers are met, and is designed and intended to apply to virtually any product or service, made by any process anywhere in the world
AS9100 is the quality management standard specifically written for the aerospace industry.
European RoHS and REACH
CAE has strict environmental regulations and practices. CAE complies with European RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) and REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical substances), two strict exportation norms that apply to Europe but that CAE applies to all its simulation products.
Go Green Plus (BOMA Quebec)
CAE has been awarded the Go Green Plus certification from BOMA Quebec for the environmental performance of its Montréal plant. This prestigious certification is awarded to leaders in ecological building management.
Quebec Residual Materials Management Policy
CAE exceeds the Quebec Residual Materials Management Policy’s goal (65%) with a current reclaim rate of 70% of potentially reclaimable materials. CAE has reduced the quantity of waste sent to landfill sites by 43% in five years. A residue exchange system has been implemented that promotes internal reuse of production material that would have otherwise been scrapped.
Canadian Wood Packaging Certification Program (CWPCP)
The CWPCP is a quality management program designed to allow certified producers to construct wood packaging products to meet a phytosanitary standard. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency will certify wood packaging producers only after approving the elements of a producer's quality management plan and verifying that the wood packaging facility is capable of meeting the phytosanitary standard.
Canadian Heat Treatment Wood Products Certification Program (CHTWPCP)
The CHTWPCP is an official certification system for the export of wood products to countries requiring heat treatment prior to entry, including member countries of the European Union, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea.
Hydro-Québec welcomed CAE to their Energy Savers’ Circle as CAE Montreal managed to reduce its annual electricity consumption by 6%. Hydro-Québec’s Energy Savers’ Circle brings together large-power customers recognized for their exceptional energy efficiency leadership and performances.