Ecologically sustainable development
As noted earlier in this report, the Directorate has responsibility for, among other things, climate change policy, energy policy, 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, Directorate staff were distributed across a number of facilities in the ACT.
Climate change and greenhouse gas
|Indicator as at 30 June||Unit||2012–13||2013–14||Percentage change|
|Agency staff and area|
|Workplace floor area||Area (m2)||8460.58||8460.58||0%|
|Stationary energy usage|
|Electricity use||Kilowatt hours||627,149||698,843||11%|
|Renewable electricity use||Kilowatt hours||41,098||34,693||-16%|
|Natural gas use||Megajoules||1,656,854||1,392,181||-16%|
|Transport fuel usage|
|Total number of vehicles||Number||50||53||6%|
|Total kilometres travelled||Kilometres||1,183,119||1,265,451||7%|
|Fuel use – Petrol||Kilolitres||110.47||111.51||1%|
|Fuel use – Diesel||Kilolitres||13.46||15.015||12%1|
|Fuel use – Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG)||Kilolitres||0||0||0%|
|Fuel use – Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)||Kilolitres||0||0||0%|
|Resource efficiency and waste|
|Reams of paper purchased||Reams||4769||4386||-8%|
|Recycled content of paper purchased||Percentage||13.06||17.35||4.29%|
|Waste to landfill||Litres||342,880||198,100||-42%|
|Co-mingled material recycled||Litres||122,640||127,900||4%|
|Paper and cardboard recycled (incl. secure paper)||Litres||360,720||367,700||2%|
|Organic material recycled||Litres||90,736||94,300||4%|
|Greenhouse gas emissions|
|Emissions from stationary energy use||Tonnes CO2-e||739.81||816.25||10%|
|Emissions from transport||Tonnes CO2-e||322.05||322.46||0%|
|Total emissions||Tonnes CO2-e||1,061.86||1,138.71||7%|
1 The Directorate is transitioning to a more sustainable fleet, including moving to electrical and diesel vehicles.
The move to centralised sustainability data
In June 2014, the Government established an Enterprise Sustainability Platform to provide a consistent approach to reporting sustainability data in future years. The Enterprise Sustainability Platform provides continuously updated, accurate and auditable water, energy (electricity and gas), and GHG emissions data and utility billing cost information for its assets and agencies, a function which has not previously been available. The Enterprise Sustainability Platform was used to provide data for the 2012–13 and 2013–14 annual reports. As more comprehensive reporting is now available, data may be different from that published in the 2012–13 report.
Water quarterly data
As water billing is provided quarterly, the water data reported in this table is taken from the 12 months from 1 May 2013 to 30 May 2014 as the best available data at the time of publishing.
GreenPower purchased for 2013–14
ACT Property Group purchased 7,530 MWh of GreenPower on behalf of the ACT Government, representing 5% of the ACT Government’s energy consumption for 2013–14.