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Ecological sustainable development and environmental performance

ASD's shared services agreement includes the provision of a range of property and estate services. The Department of Defence has a Defence environmental policy which applies to these services ensuring the:

  • delivery of a sustainable estate
  • understanding and management of environmental impacts
  • containment and minimisation of pollution
  • increasing efficiency of resource consumption
  • recognition and management of Defence estate heritage value

In 2019–20, ASD conducted an extensive infrastructure refurbishment program for its site in Russell, ACT during the year which has yielded significant energy efficiency gains. Upgrades to monitoring systems, such as Uninterrupted Power Supply units, will enable swift identification of abnormal energy use and the replacement of chiller units that provide critical cooling functions has resulted in a threefold efficiency improvement. This project was conducted in accordance with current National Construction Code energy efficiency and equipment standards.