Environmental performance reporting

Sustainability Report 2005-2006

Department of the Environment and Water Resources, 2007

Australian Antarctic Division environmental performance at a glance

Australian Antarctic Division environmental performance at a glance
AAD issue Summary title GRI Goals met? 2005-06 Goals 2006-07

Environmental Management

Environmental management system (EMS) conformance EM1
  • Tick Achieve recertification to the revised ISO 14001:2004 EMS standard by 2006

Achieve successful external surveillance audit in November 2006

Achieve successful onsite external audit of environmental management at the Antarctic Stations of Macquarie Island and Casey during March/April 2007

Environmental performance improvement process EM2
  • Tick Achieve approval of the environmental management programme for AAD headquarters by 2006
  • Tick Implement environmental management plans for Science and Operations by 2006
  • Tick Implement recommendations from external and internal audit processes

Implement the Compliance and Enforcement Strategy of the department and train staff appropriately in statutory compliance, enforcement or investigative responsibilities by June 2007

Conduct internal audits in accordance with the AAD EMS 2006 Internal Audit Programme

Ensure Internal Auditors are trained appropriately

Develop the AAD EMS 2007 Internal Audit Programme

Implement recommendations from external and internal audit processes

Implement plans for Branch objectives and targets by 2007 as appropriate

Familiarise staff appropriately with the IHIS reporting system

Further improve the IHIS reporting system to make more meaningful interpretations of the statistics

Integration of environment with other business systems EM3
  • None set
Revise the AAO to incorporate legislative amendments to Antarctic environment protection legislation and to streamline the Antarctic environment protection approvals processes before March 2007
Due diligence EM4
  • None set

Modify operational procedures for the Air Transport System as required to take into account experience gained from the 2006-07 season

Ensure the shipping contract is consistent with AAD’s Environmental Policy

Environmental liabilities EM5
  • None set

Identify a clean-up 'timetable' that is achievable within existing resources

Progress the remediation of an oil spill on Macquarie Island

Compliance Environmental compliance incidents and fines EN16
  • Tick Continue monitoring for legal compliance with permits and environmental authorisations

Respond to any legislative changes as appropriate

Continue monitoring for legal compliance with permits and environmental authorisations

Develop catalogue of environmental authorisations and permits for 2006-07 Antarctic season

Conduct self-assessment audits at continental stations by March 2007

Environmental Management Expenditure Total environment expenditures by type EN35
  • None set
Clarification of scope and discussion on the possibility of setting up a data collection framework

Biodiversity

Location of land owned, leased or managed in biodiversity-rich habitats EN6
  • Tick Gazette the Management Plan for the Scullin and Murray Monoliths ASPA
  • Tick Publication of new species lists from recent expeditions in 2006

Submit a proposal to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting in May 2006 in conjunction with China for an Antarctic Specially Managed Area at Amanda Bay

Submit proposal to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting in May 2006 in conjunction with China, Russia, Romania and India for an Antarctic Specially Management Area for the Larsemann Hills

Impacts on biodiversity EN7 EN25 EN28
  • Cross Continued involvement in research into human impacts on biodiversity
Clarification of scope and discussion on the possibility of setting up a data collection framework.
Habitat change and restoration EN26 EN27
  • None set
Clarification of scope and discussion on the possibility of setting up a data collection framework

Energy

Direct energy use segmented by primary source: building energy use EN3
  • Cross Undertake an energy audit of the AAD complex to identify problems with energy usage and recommend corrective actions by 2006

Undertake an energy audit of the AAD complex to identify problems with energy usage and recommend corrective actions by 2006

Develop and implement a five-year strategy to minimise areas of energy waste by 2006

Continue to investigate the use of renewable energy sources at stations

Direct energy use segmented by primary source: gas use EN3
  • None set
Continue to investigate and implement methodologies and practices to reduce direct energy use from gas at Kingston and at Antarctic stations.
Direct energy use segmented by primary source: transport energy use EN3
  • None set
Continue to investigate and implement methodologies and practices to reduce transport energy use at Kingston and at Antarctic stations
Initiatives to use renewable energy sources and to increase energy efficiency EN17
  • Cross Develop and implement a five-year strategy to minimise areas of energy waste by 2006
  • Cross Continue to investigate the use of renewable energy sources at stations
Continue to investigate the safety and operations aspects of the use of hydrogen on stations, as well as its viability as a major energy carrier.
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
  • Cross Undertake an audit of the waste stream at AAD headquarters and implement appropriate waste reduction practices based on the findings by 2006
  • Cross Decommission existing waste treatment plant at Davis and explore options for replacements in 2005-06
  • Cross Continue scoping the replacement of incinerators at all stations and assessing the impact this will have on infrastructure and our footprint on the Antarctic environment

Undertake an audit of the waste stream at AAD Headquarters and implement appropriate waste-reduction practices based on the findings by June 2007

Implement chemical management procedures at stations to improve handling, waste and storage by June 2007

Continue to explore options for replacement of existing waste treatment plant at Davis station

Continue scoping the replacement of incinerators at all stations and assessing the impact this will have on infrastructure and our footprint on the Antarctic environment

Hazardous Waste Hazardous waste production and transport EN31
  • Cross Implement a procurement system that minimises the quantity of hazardous materials stored at the AAD while ensuring continuity of supply by 2006
  • Cross Centralise hazardous materials to maintain control over the stocks including the elimination of duplication in stock ordering by 2006
  • Tick Maintain inventory system, which identifies the stock holdings and location of all hazardous material
  • Tick Implement chemical management procedures at stations to improve handling, waste and storage by 2006

Maintain inventory system, which identifies the stock holdings and location of all hazardous material

Monitor chemical management procedures introduced at stations in 2006 to improve handling, waste and storage

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Greenhouse gas emissions EN8
  • Cross Continue to work towards converting all energy sources at Antarctic stations to renewable energy sources including continued development of hydrogen as an energy source
  • Cross Investigate contractual arrangements and costs related to the provision of detailed information concerning waste generated by AAD

Continue to work towards converting all energy sources at Antarctic stations to renewable energy sources including continued development of hydrogen as an energy source

Investigate contractual arrangements and costs related to the provision of detailed information concerning waste generated by AAD

Indirect Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Water Total water use EN5
  • Cross Undertake an investigation of options to increase water capacity at Davis station by 2006
  • Cross Install a moisture-responsive irrigation system for the native gardens at AAD headquarters in 2006
Continue to investigate options to increase water capacity at Davis station
Water sources affected by use EN17
  • None set
Clarification of scope and discussion on the possibility of setting up a data collection framework
Annual withdrawal as % of sources EN21
  • None set
Clarification of scope and discussion on the possibility of setting up a data collection framework
Total recycling and reuse of water EN22
  • Cross Investigate options for recycling greywater at Kingston by 2006
  • Cross Investigate options for rainwater capture at Kingston by 2006

Investigate options for recycling greywater at Kingston by June 2007

Investigate options for rainwater capture at Kingston by June 2007

Emissions to Air, Land and Water Emissions to air, land and water EN10 EN13 EN12 EN32
  • Tick Maintain Antarctic Treaty (Environment Protection) Waste Regulations of no significant emissions to air and land
  • Cross Continue to monitor outflows to water to ensure that there are no significant discharges

Maintain Antarctic Treaty (Environment Protection) Waste Regulations of no significant emissions to air and land

Continue to monitor outflows to water to ensure that there are no significant discharges

Ozone-depleting Substances Use and emissions of ozone-depleting substances EN9
  • None set
  • None set
Materials: Paper Total materials use other than water, by type EN1
  • Tick Continue the provision of a comprehensive paper-recycling programme as a fundamental site service in 2005-06
  • Tick Promote the use of resource conservation mechanisms in commonly used business equipment, e.g. double-sided photocopying and laser printing, image reduction in 2005-06
  • Cross Develop guidelines for conserving paper by 2006

Continue the provision of a comprehensive paper-recycling programme as a fundamental site service in 2006-07

Continue staff education to minimise the volume of material printed

Continue to promote the use of resource conservation mechanisms in commonly used business equipment, e.g. double-sided photocopying and laser printing, image reduction

Materials: Recycled Percentage of materials used that are wastes EN2
  • None set

Continue to promote the use of 100% Australian recycled paper

Investigate the use of other recycled products such as toilet paper, and stationery products (e.g. writing pads, manila folders, envelopes)

Suppliers Environmental performance of suppliers EN33
  • Tick Continue to raise awareness amongst staff and the business community of AAD’s requirement to incorporate environmental considerations in the provision of goods and services
  • Tick Promote continual improvement in contractor and supplier environmental performance and foster environmental initiatives
  • Cross Investigate options to capture supplier environmental performance information within AAD’s business systems

Continue to raise awareness amongst staff and the business community of AAD’s requirement to incorporate environmental considerations in the provision of goods and services

Promote continual improvement in contractor and supplier environmental performance and foster environmental initiatives

Investigate options to capture supplier environmental performance information within AAD’s business systems