The Royal Air Force recognises the importance of Environmental issues and is committed to maintaining a high standard of respect and understanding regarding all activities in the light of current Environmental strategy. RAF Valley complies with all the requirements of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and any associated statutory provisions including the Montreal Protocol.
RAF Valley is situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has a number of Sites of Special Scientific Interest and designated wildlife sites nearby.
Situated over a minor aquifer the station is considered environmentally sensitive and requires sound stewardship. The Station Commander and his executives manage this initiative by raising the profile of environmental protection issues throughout the station. Operational outputs are clearly the priorities, but these can be managed in such a way to mitigate any environmental risks. Formal risk assessment underpins this process, allowing funds to be released when additional control measures are required to reduce the risks.
Sound working relationship between station personnel, contractors and project staffs are evident. The Multi Activity Contractor at RAF Valley is ISO 14001 accredited and, by all parties having environmental management systems (EMS) running alongside each other, the process has led to mutual learning. An example of a recent successful project was the installation of two water recycling aircraft washpans.
Excellent partnering with the Natural Resources Wales and other organisations has been forged. Local community relationships are important and the station encourages local conservation work, in conjunction with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, to enhance local ecology.