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ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AND BIODIVERSITY

Section 516A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 requires Commonwealth authorities to report on environmental matters. Various operational aspects are specifically concerned with the environment. Refer to other outputs in this report, in particular OUTPUT 1.2. LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT. Corporate management actions on environmental matters include:

  • ongoing development of performance information framework and metrics
  • waste reduction
  • reporting of the recommended environmental measures for all Commonwealth entities (see table 1).

During 2018–19 the federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs approved a major project for the installation of solar panels at the CLC’s main office, 27 Stuart Highway, Alice Springs.
The finalisation of the project was delayed due to the Power and Water Corporation’s requirements (refer to Land and buildings management in the Corporate Management section) in early 2019–20. Lower electricity bills will mean that the cost of the system will be recouped after an estimated three years.

Table 1. CLC’s performance against Commonwealth-recommended environmental measures

CLC’s performance against Commonwealth-recommended environmental measures

Theme

Indicator(s)

Measure

2015–16

2016–17

2017–18

2018–19

2019–20

Energy efficiency

Electricity purchased

$

200,000

220,415

242,179

233,616

194,023

Electricity consumed

kWh

700,000

692,957

780,799

748,901

708,348

Gas purchased

$

29,000

21,410

25,531

23,523

19,837

Other fuels purchased / consumed

L

520,000

566,140

556,604

558,145

398,970

Fuels purchased

$

859,566

965,203

1,034,513

1,038,150

754,053

Air travel distances

km

700,000

757,791

887,952

1,066,075

967,434

Air travel (Co2)

tonnes

90

92

108

132

75

Electricity (CO2)

tonnes

850

845

953

671

864

Gas (CO2)

tonnes

30.0

14.9

17.8

15.8

19.2

Other fuels (CO2)

tonnes

1,400

1,415

1,599

1,507

1,077

Electricity used

kWh p/e

2,900

3,000

3,295

3,482

2,719

Gas used

Gj p/e

110.0

64.7

63.2

59.0

46.2

Other fuels

L p/e

2,000

2,451

2,701

2,052

1,535

Renewable energy

Electricity produced

kWh

60,000

51,201

42,500

46,831

97,146

Savings

$

13,000

11,776

9,775

10,770

22,341

CO2 savings

tonnes

45

35

29

32

67

Renewable electricity

% kWh

9.0

6.9

5.7

6.3

13.7

Waste

Amount going to landfills

cubic metres

400

410

435

468

460

Amount going to recycling facilities

cubic metres

150

260

260

260

240

Amount of waste per employee

cubic metres

2.0

1.8

1.8

1.8

1.8

Water

Water consumption

kL

9,200

7,522

8,280

8,855

7,870

Relative water consumption - water use

kL p/e

48.0

35.6

34.9

33

30

CO2 offsets

Camels removed by muster

number

200

-

406

2,271

1,264

Camels removed by muster - CO2 emission savings

tonnes

192

-

423

2,366

1,317

Horses removed by joint management

number

1,000

2,280

-

3,022

1,728

Horses removed by joint management - Co2 emission savings

tonnes

1,290

2,375

-

2,901

1,659