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Appendix D: Ecologically sustainable development and environmental performance

Section 516A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 requires Australian Government organisations to include a report on their contribution to ecologically sustainable development in their annual reports. The Commission's environmental policy aims to minimise the use of non-renewable resources, and its environmental activities are directed towards improving energy management and environmental practices. This includes maximising the benefit of energy-saving devices and undertaking purchasing with energy efficiency in mind.

The Commission does not administer any legislation or have any appropriation directly related to sustainable development and environmental performance.

The Commission's printing facilities use 'follow-me' printing, which minimises waste and uncollected print-outs. In 2015–16 the Commission also made energy savings through various technological improvements, the use of recycled paper, and the blending of recycling and paper waste recycling. Any whitegoods or office equipment purchased had water- and energy-efficient features, including sleep modes.