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F: Ecologically sustainable development and environmental performance

The following summary of the Commission’s environmental management activities and performance is provided in accordance with section 516A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, which requires Australian Government organisations to include in their annual reports a report on the organisation’s contribution to ecologically sustainable development.

As stated in the Commission’s environmental policy statement, the Commission aims to minimise the use of non-renewable resources. The Commission’s environmental activities are directed towards improving energy management and environmental practices within the Commission. This includes continuing to use recycled paper products for most work activities, maximising the benefits from 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.

As part of the Commission’s environmental management system, the Commission has a number of environmental objectives and targets. Table A4 indicates that the Commission maintained its performance against the established targets in 2012–13.

Table A4: Environmental performance, 2011–12 and 2012–13
Objective Target Result 2011–12 Result 2012–13

* This target was set in the Australian Government Energy Efficiency in Government Operations policy (2006).

† Obtained a 5 on the Australian Building Greenhouse Rating (ABGR) scale in 2009.

Reduce the amount of virgin paper purchased By December 2009: 90% of paper purchased has 60% or better recycled content Maintained From October 2012, 90% of the paper purchased has 100% recycled content
Purchase environmentally sound stationery products By December 2009: reduction of 5% in the purchase of non-recycled paper. By December 2010: further reduction of 5% in the purchase of non-recycled paper Maintained Maintained
Improve recycling practices to minimise the amount of general waste going to landfill Upgrade and standardise recycling practicesIncreased awareness through publicity, training of staff and championing of energy management Maintained in major tenancy Continued to be maintained in major tenancy. The initial process to become ACTSmart accredited has been undertaken
Maintain energy-efficient systems and minimise energy consumption 7,500 megajoules (MJ)/person/year*

Minimum energy performance standard (4.5 on the ABGR rating)†
4,370 MJ/person/year

in 2010
7,366 MJ/person/year

The Commission’s printing facilities, among other things, use ‘follow-me’ printing, which minimises wasted or uncollected print-outs. The Commission also made energy savings through improved technology and continued to:

  • use recycled paper and co-mingle recycling and paper waste recycling
  • purchase whitegoods and office equipment that had water- and energy-efficient features, including sleep modes
  • encourage the use of ethanol-based E10 fuel in Commission vehicles.

The Commission has made the decision to become ACTSmart accredited in 2013–14 to enhance our recycling and environmental outcomes.