Ecologically Sustainable Development

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 and are 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.

During 2014–15 the Directorate continued to put in place measures to reduce its environmental impact. This included implementing upgrades to our principal building, Dame Pattie Menzies House, improving staff engagement in sustainable practices, and maintaining Actsmart accreditation. One of the highlights of the year has been the ongoing improvement in lighting around the Dickson office. All offices, bathrooms and meeting rooms now have motion-activated sensor lighting and emergency lighting has been fully replaced with energy-efficient LED lights.

The Directorate introduced a number of electric cars into its vehicle fleet, with many staff showing a preference for electric vehicles for short trips around town.

The EPD Green Team actively engaged with staff, highlighting ways to improve sustainability in everyday work. Some highlights of the Green Team’s campaign included:

  • Transport Challenge: Who can get from Dickson to the City the fastest—bike, car or bus. Active travel was the big winner, with our bike rider leading the way.
  • To maintain Actsmart accreditation, compulsory online training was introduced in regard to recycling, composting and waste. The training was introduced late in the financial year, with more than 50% of staff completing training by the end of the reporting period.
  • Walking meetings: With so many staff based in the office, the Green Team have championed walking meetings, encouraging staff to walk to the Dickson wetlands, or just around the block. This has been a great way to get blood, and ideas, flowing.

Sustainable Development Performance–Current and Previous Financial Year

Indicator at 30 June

Agency Staff and AreaUnit2013–142014–15Percentage
Change

Agency staff

FTE

423.20

288.05

-31.9

Workplace floor area

Area (m2)

8460.58

6,419.58

-24.1

Stationary energy usage    

Electricity use

Kilowatt hours

698,843

453,261

-35.1

Renewable electricity use

Kilowatt hours

34,693

22,663

-34.7

National gas use

Megajoules

1,392,181

771,738

-44.6

Transport fuel usage    

Total number of vehicles

Number

53

15

-71.7

Total kilometres travelled

Kilometres

1,265,451

192,000

-84.8

Fuel use–petrol

Kilolitres

111.51

10.324

-90.7

Fuel use–Diesel

Kilolitres

15.015

6.351

-57.7

Fuel use–liquid petroleum gas (LPG)

Kilolitres

0

0

0

Fuel use–compressed natural gas (CNG)

Kilolitres

0

0

0
Water Usage    

Water use

Kilolitres

3282

4001

21.91

Resource efficiency and waste    

Reams of paper purchased

Reams

4386

3699

-15.7

Recycled content of paper purchased

Percentage

17.35

44.68

157.5

Waste to landfill

Litres

198,100

132,424

-33.2

Co-mingled material recycled

Litres

127,900

74,192

-42.0

Paper and cardboard recycled (including secure paper)

Litres

367,700

243,628

-33.7

Organic material recycled

Litres

94,300

52,969

-43.8

Greenhouse gas emissions    

Emissions from stationary energy use

Tonnes CO₂-e

816.25

413.00

-9.4

Emissions from transport

Tonnes CO₂-e

322.46

45.29

-86.0

Total emissions

Tonnes CO₂-e

1,138.71

458.29

-59.8

Part way through 2014-15 a significant increase in water usage was identified. This increase related to constant water flow in bathrooms throughout Dame Patty Menzies House. Following identification, measures were put in place to resolve the issue and the Directorate anticipates a decrease in water usage during 2015-16.