C19 - Ecologically sustainable development

As noted earlier in this report, ESDD has responsibility for, among other things, climate change policy, energy policy and energy efficiency programs, and environmental sustainability policy. These matters represent core business for the Directorate and are extensively discussed elsewhere. The reporting within this section of the Annual Report is therefore focused primarily on the Directorate’s stewardship of its own resources use.

At the time this report was prepared, ESDD staff were distributed across a number of facilities in the ACT as follows:

ESDD staff locations

Location

Number of employees (Headcount)

Dame Pattie Menzies House

397

Mitchell Customer Service Shopfront

53

CSIRO Facility Crace

18

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

2

Canberra Nara Centre

8

ESDD TOTAL

478

Plus Outposted Shared Services ICT (Treasury) staff

6

OVERALL TOTAL

484

 

The following table shows resource usage across the Directorate for the 2012–13 year. Detailed explanatory notes are provided at the end of the table.


Resource usage across the Directorate for the 2012–13 year

Line

Indicator as at 30 June

Unit

2011-12

2012-13

General

 

Office

Total

Office

Total

L1

Occupancy – staff full-time equivalent

Number (FTE)

410.72

466.80

401.92

452.32

 

L2

Area office space – net lettable area

Square metres (m2)

7,094

7,094

7161.58

8460.58

 

Stationary Energy

 

Office

Total

Office

Total

L3

Electricity use

Kilowatt hours

658,396

917,809

424,390

543,692

L4

Renewable energy use

Kilowatt hours

260,373

260,373

28,999

41,098

 

(GreenPower + EDL land fill gases)

 

 

 

 

 

L5

Percentage of renewable energy used

Percentage

40

28

6.83%

7.56%

 

(L4/L3 x 100)

 

 

 

 

 

L6

Natural Gas use

Megajoules

2,464,209

2,464,209

1,656,854

1,656,854

L7*

Total energy use

Megajoules

4,834,430

5,768,320

3,184,660

3,614,150

L8

Energy intensity per FTE (L7/L1)

Megajoules/FTE

11,770.62

12,357.16

7,923.62

7,990.25

 

L9 Energy intensity per square metre (L7/L2) Megajoules/m2  681.46 813.10 444.69    427.18

 

Transport

 

Office

Total

Office

Total

L10

Total number of vehicles

Numeric

26

53

13

50

L11

Total vehicle kilometres travelled

Kilometres (km)

343,611

1,300,505

180,812

1,183,119

L12

Transport fuel (Petrol)

Kilolitres

14.89

110.04

13.03

110.47

L13

Transport fuel (Diesel)

Kilolitres

10.54

15.49

2.36

13.46

L14

Transport fuel (LPG)

Kilolitres

0

0

0

0

L15

Transport fuel (CNG)

Kilolitres

0

0

0

0

L16*

Total transport energy use

Gigajoules

916

4,361

536.52

4,297.63

 

Water

 

Office

Total

Office

Total

L17

Water use

Kilolitres

8,043

8,043

3,087

3,089

 

Intensities

 

 

 

 

 

L18

Water use per FTE (L17/L1)

Kilolitres/FTE

19.58

17.23

7.68

6.83

L19

Water use per square metre (L17/L2)

Kilolitres/m2

1.13

1.13

0.43

0.37

 

Resource Efficiency and Waste

 

Office

Total

Office

Total

L20

Reams of paper purchased

Reams

5,945

5,945

3759

4769

L21

Recycled content of paper purchased

Percentage

30

30

16.57^

13.06^

L22

Estimate of general waste (based on

Litres

366,311

366,311

324,880

342,880

 

bins collected)

 

 

 

 

 

L23

Estimate of comingled material

Litres

161,806

161,806

116,400

122,640

 

recycled (based on bins collected)

 

 

 

 

 

L24

Estimate of paper recycled (based on

Litres

291,216

291,216

304,560

360,720

 

 

bins collected)

 

 

 

 

 

L25

Estimate of organic material recycled

Litres

83,920

83,920

90,736

90,736

 

(based on bins collected)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

 

Office

Total

Office

Total

L26*

Total stationary energy greenhouse gas emissions (All scopes)

Tonnes CO2-e

517.41

793.84

529.85

644.09

L27*

Total transport greenhouse gas

emissions (All scopes)

Tonnes CO2-e

68.74

326.84

40.21

322.05

 

Intensities

 

 

 

 

 

L28

Greenhouse gas emissions per person

(L26/L1)

Tonnes CO2-e FTE

1.26

1.70

1.32

1.42

L29

Greenhouse gas emissions per square metre (L26/L2)

Tonnes CO2-e

0.07

0.11

0.07

0.08

L30

Transport greenhouse gas emissions

per person (L27/L1)

Tonnes CO2-e FTE

0.17

0.70

0.10

0.71

* Calculated with information entered into OSCAR

^ Does not include carbon neutral certified paper or FSC certified paper.

Explanatory notes

  1. For the purposes of this annual report the Mitchell Customer Service Shopfront and Lyneham facility have been classified as a non-office facilities.
  2. Net lettable area includes pro-rata calculations for facilities not occupied for a full year. For example, if 100 square metres was occupied by the Directorate for six months, 50 square metres has been reported to bring all facilities occupied by the Directorate into line.
  3. During the 2012-2013 financial year, ESDD occupied Dame Patti Menzies House and Telstra House in Dickson, Macarthur House in Lyneham, 1 Moore Street in Civic, the CSIRO campus at Crace, a shopfront in Mitchell and a facility in Lyneham.
  4. At 30 June 2013, ESDD no longer occupied Macarthur House, Telstra House or 1 Moore Street as all staff in those locations can now be accommodated in Dame Patti Menzies House.
  5. Water and gas data is not available for ESDD facilities at Crace, Mitchell or Telstra House as these utilities are administered by the facility owners.
  6. Energy and water data for other ESDD facilities, with the exception of the Lyneham and Crace facilities is determined by pro-rata method between Directorates based on ESDD floor area of total lettable floor area for each facility.
  7. The ESDD facility on the CSIRO campus at Crace changed buildings mid year, with electricity data only being available for the first building occupied.  The Crace facility has anticipated full year electricity usage based on the data obtained from the first building.
  8. The variations in energy and water usage between 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 is primarily due to the inconsistent accommodation arrangements the Directorate faced during the 2012-2013 financial year. Through being required to rent a variety of buildings until all relevant staff could be relocated to Dame Patti Menzies House in Dickson, the Directorate held far less control over managing energy efficiency outcomes than it will have in 2013-2014 with the bulk of staff located in the Directorate managed Dame Patti Menzies House.
  9. The number of vehicles reported (L10) is the number of active leases held by the Directorate as at 30 June 2013, and does not include vehicles that have been disposed of by the Directorate during the year.
  10. Kilometres travelled and fuel usage (L11 – L13) include all vehicles used by the Directorate throughout the year, irrespective of the vehicle status as at 30 June 2013.
  11. Due to space limitations and refurbishment at Dame Patti Menzies House, some Directorate staff were located in Telstra House (220 Northbourne Avenue, Dickson) during the 2012-2013 year. Waste and recycling figures are not available for the staff located at Telstra House.
  12. As per the reasons at note 4, some Directorate staff were located at 1 Moore Street, Civic, during the financial year. Recycling figures for the Directorate at 1 Moore Street have been included in the above table, but general waste figures are not available for this location.
  13. While not including recycled content, 67.58% of paper purchased by the Directorate is certified carbon neutral under the National Carbon Neutral Offset Standard Carbon Neutral Program and Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) Certified or Australian Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified.
  14. The decrease in comingled recycling and increase in paper recycling highlights the education undertaken within the Directorate to promote paper and cardboard recycling through the specialised bins across Directorate facilities. This has translated into greater sorting of paper and cardboard recycling by staff increasing figures for paper recycling and reducing the amount of comingled recycling.
  15. Despite substantial reductions in energy usage, overall greenhouse gas emissions for the Directorate have increased due to the reduction in renewable energy purchased during the 2012-2013 financial year as compared to previous financial years.