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Ecologically sustainable development and environmental performance
The Treasury remains committed to the principles of ecologically sustainable development consistent with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The Treasury Environmental Management Plan (EMP) sets out the department’s environmental policies and performance action plans, to meet environmental best practice wherever practicable.
In 2017-18 the Treasury continued to mitigate its impact on the environment in the areas of energy efficiency, waste and water, by:
- conserving resources and minimising waste;
- implementing a range of environmental work practices and systems;
- monitoring and reporting of environmental performance; and
- raising the environmental awareness of staff.
Specific initiatives undertaken by the Treasury in 2017-18 include energy efficiency, waste and water.
- reviewing the lighting control system and the introduction of LED lighting in new office fit-out;
- the installation of new energy efficient Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning (HVAC) plant and machinery by the building owner;
- the installation of new efficient hand dryers in bathrooms in new office fit-out as part of base building works by the building owner;
- using low power Virtual Desktop Infrastructure;
- purchasing five star energy rated electrical appliances (where available);
- purchasing up to 10 per cent Greenpower for tenant light and power for the Treasury building;
- using technology such as teleconferencing and videoconferencing to facilitate meetings with interstate colleagues where appropriate;
- offsetting greenhouse gas emissions for fleet fuel usage through GreenFleet and reducing the corporate vehicle fleet from three vehicles to one vehicle;
- participating in Earth Hour 2018;
- encouraging recycling by providing waste recycling stations, segregating waste into approved recycling streams (including waste to landfill, commingled waste and compost):
- the Treasury recycled 7.35 metric tons of commingled waste, 5.44 metric tons of used paper towel and 7.81 metric tons of organic waste;
- establishing a fit-out and furniture recycling strategy that reuses the Department’s existing office fit-out infrastructure, including workstations; and the sourcing of redundant office fit-out and workstations from other government departments to reuse;
- supporting the use of electronic document management:
- the Treasury recycled 43.65 metric tons of used paper and 2.58 metric tons of shredded paper;
- recycling of toner cartridges, fluorescent light tubes and batteries and assisting staff to recycle old mobile phones by donating them to charity;
- using general‑use office copy paper with a postconsumer recycled content of 52 per cent;
- using water flow restriction controls and water efficient appliances in kitchens and bathrooms to minimise water use across the Treasury building tenancy; and
- the installation of new water efficient sensor tapware 4.5L/min, 6 star WELS rating in bathrooms in new office fit-out as part of base building works by the building owner.