Environmental performance reporting

Sustainability Report 2005-2006

Department of the Environment and Water Resources, 2007

Canberra environmental performance at a glance

Canberra environmental performance at a glance
JGB template type Summary title GRI Goals met? 2005-06 Goals 2006-07

Environmental Management

Environmental management system (EMS) conformance EM1
  • TickUpgrade EMS certification to the revised international standard ISO14001:2004

Continue to implement the revised EMS Procedures Manual

Complete the roll-out of the online EMS software capabilities

Maintain certification of the EMS to ISO14001

Environmental performance improvement process EM2
  • Tick Implement recommendations of the 2003-04 EMS audit reports
  • Tick Complete the key activities identified in the 2003-04 EMS Action Plan

Monitor key performance data on a quarterly basis, to enable timely identification of issues and changes

Use the improved aspect and impact register to target our performance improvement efforts to ensure we address priority impact areas

Integration of environment with other business systems EM3
  • None set
Continue to increase internal stakeholder and senior executive participation in EMS processes and decision-making
Due diligence EM4
  • None set
None set
Environmental liabilities EM5
  • None set
Engage a service provider to complete a full environmental compliance audit by June 2006
Compliance Environmental compliance incidents and fines EN16
  • None set
Source a suitable service provider and conduct a full compliance assessment of all identified legal and policy obligations, as appropriate, by May 2007
Environmental Management Expenditure Total environment expenditures by type EN35
  • None set
Continue to implement cost-effective environmental initiatives as identified by EMS procedures


Direct energy use segmented by primary source-building energy use EN3
  • Tick Continue process of meter upgrades to improve electricity consumption reporting
  • Cross Further decrease tenant light and power consumption to 4500MJ per person per year by 2005-06

Reduce tenant light and power (TLP) intensity to 5000MJ per person per year for office tenancies by 2007-08 (1/3rd below the new government Energy Efficiency in Government Operations (EEGO) target)

Conduct a full energy performance audit of the JGB and EBB office tenancies

Gather and report on trend statistics for non-office space DEH tenancies within the ACT, including all warehouse and storage facilities

Direct energy use segmented by primary source-gas use EN3
  • Cross Establish benchmark for gas usage for office operations
  • Cross Raise energy efficiency issues with the building owner and identify opportunities for reducing gas consumption

Work with building owner to reduce gas usage to 5% below 2005-06 levels by 2006-07

Identify buildings with comparable gas services and seek to establish a gas-intensity benchmark

Direct energy use segmented by primary source-transport energy use EN3
  • Cross Provide information packs for all staff eligible for car leasing arrangements, comprising information on Green Vehicle Guide (GVG) ratings, fuel efficient vehicles, benchmarks and relevant government and departmental policies
  • Tick Promote the use of technological alternatives to air travel and document usage, and compare flight data to previous years
  • Tick Further encourage staff uptake of more environmentally responsible transport options for business-related travel
  • Cross Revive the carpooling system

Review the system for the tracking of vehicle use statistics

Include fuel efficiency as a vital consideration in sourcing new pool vehicles

Develop an ‘environmental driving’ sheet to accompany lease information packs

Establish a system for more rigorous video-conferencing usage statistics

Initiatives to use renewable energy sources and to increase energy efficiency EN17
  • Tick Renew the JGB tenancy 100% accredited green energy procurement arrangements
  • Cross Purchase 100% green energy for the EBB tenancy

Continue to monitor existing power-saving initiatives to ensure that they are working effectively

Conduct an appliance audit to determine compliance with procurement policies regarding energy efficiency

Secure a 100% accredited green power contract for at least one additional DEH tenancy by the end of 2006-07

Indirect energy use EN4
  • None set
None set
Other indirect energy use EN19
  • None set
None set
Waste Total amount of waste by type and destination EN11
  • Tick Increase the proportion of material being recycled by end June 2006, in particular personal printer toner cartridges
  • Tick Reduce the amount of recyclable material going into ‘general waste’ bins, thereby reducing the amount of waste going to landfill
  • Cross Conduct a follow-up waste audit
  • Tick Reduce contamination of the three bin system, in particular the placement of general and organic waste in the ‘recyclables’ bin.
  • Tick Raise the awareness of staff to exercise more care when disposing of waste into the three bin system
  • Tick Implement the key recommendations of the 2005 waste audit

Conduct a follow-up waste audit after the completion of the current training schedule, most likely in 2007, to appraise performance changes

Address overall waste volume by examining incoming waste sources for reduction opportunities

Incorporate waste management and reporting clauses into service provider contracts, to enable effective data gathering on our broader performance in this area.

Hazardous Waste Hazardous waste production and transport EN31
  • None set

Increase the availability of the Mobile Muster programme within the JGB

Develop more rigorous reporting methods for hazardous goods used by the department

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Greenhouse gas emissions EN8
  • Cross Research and develop a plan to move towards a carbon-neutral DEH by 2008-09
  • Cross Renew DEH’s Greenhouse Challenge Agreement, setting new greenhouse gas emission reduction targets
  • Tick Subscribe to BP Global Choice to offset vehicle emissions
  • Tick Continue Greenfleet subscription to offset vehicle emissions

Negotiate and commit to a new all-of-department Greenhouse Challenge Plus Agreement

Reduce per-person direct net Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 5% below 2005-06 levels

Develop a methodology for severable reporting on BP Global Choice emission offset credits

Indirect Greenhouse Gas Emissions Indirect greenhouse gas emissions EN30
  • Tick Identify and assess options for offsetting greenhouse gas emissions associated with business-related air travel
  • Cross Develop and implement a policy to reduce taxi use where effective public transport alternatives exist

Include consideration of opportunities to offset DEH’s emissions as part of the new Greenhouse Challenge Plus agreement by end June 2007

Promote to staff the options available for public transport alternatives to taxi use, especially between airports and major metropolitan centres


Total water use EN5
  • Cross Implement water audit recommendations
  • Cross Complete follow-up audit on implementation of water audit recommendations

Action the recommendations of the 2005 water audit report by December 2006

Conduct a follow-up water audit following the changes recommended in the previous audit report, scheduled for June and July 2007 to reflect the same period as the previous audit

Total recycling and reuse of water EN22
  • Tick Review the existing process for monitoring, early detection and reporting of water leaks and wasteful water-use practices
  • Tick Review signage to raise staff awareness of water use and equipment malfunctions
Develop a methodology for calculating the re-use volumes of rainwater and greywater
Materials: paper Total materials use other than water, by type EN1
  • Tick Consider the findings and recommendations of the paper audit and develop strategies to increase duplex printing
  • Tick Conduct follow-up paper audit by June 2006
  • Tick Conduct a strategic review of office machines to identify strategies to reduce paper consumption and improve energy efficiency

Support the Electronic Document Record Management System (EDRMS) initiative and contribute to its implementation

Ensure that all Divisional areas have access to printers with duplex capability

Achieve a reduction in per-person paper consumption by increasing awareness and encouraging duplex printing for compatible documents

Materials: Recycled Percentage of materials used that are wastes EN2
  • Tick Continue to meet 100% of white A4 paper needs with supplies containing post-consumer recycled content
  • Cross Introduce new internal environmental printing policy for outsourced printing

Explore options for sourcing non-A4 paper stock comprising some post-consumer recycled content

Implement an outsourced printing policy for departmental publications, including appropriate tools and information resources for staff use

Suppliers Environmental performance of suppliers EN33
  • Tick Continue to use our position in the supply chain to improve the environmental performance of our suppliers through the use of the Environmental Purchasing Guide
  • Tick Deliver, collate and assess findings of the supply chain environmental performance survey
  • Tick Introduce and promote the importance of product stewardship in future procurement requirements
Continue to use product stewardship clauses to pursue environmentally beneficial outcomes with our suppliers and service providers