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Appendix D: Ecologically sustainable development and environmental performance

Section 516A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 requires that Australian government organisations include in their annual reports information on their contribution to ecologically sustainable development.

The Commission aims to minimise the use of non-renewable resources, and environmental activities are directed towards improving energy management and environmental practices. This includes maximising the benefits of energy-saving devices and making purchases with energy efficiency in mind.

Printing facilities use ‘follow-me’ printing, which minimises waste and uncollected print-outs. In 2019-20, the Commission continued to make energy savings through various technological improvements, the use of recycled paper and the blending of recycling and paper waste recycling, along with the recycling of disposables including printer cartridges and batteries. Any whitegoods or office equipment purchased had water-efficient and energy-efficient features, including sleep modes.

The Commission does not administer any legislation or have any appropriation directly related to sustainable development and environmental performance.