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ECOLOGICALLY SUSTAINABLE APPROACH
IBA is committed to the principles of ecologically sustainable development as outlined in section 3A of the EPBC Act.
IBA recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s unique relationship to the land, sea and waterways and seeks and adopts innovative approaches so that ecological processes are maintained in a rapidly changing business environment, safeguarding the environmental welfare of future generations.
IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT
The main contribution to IBA’s impact on the natural environment is corporate operations, including administration and property management.
In 2019–20, IBA aimed to conduct operations in a manner which minimised its environmental impact, as shown at table 6. Upgrades in hardware contributed to an estimated 30% reduction in power use in targeted offices, and further reductions are expected due to the cloud environment. IBA’s Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Canberra office buildings have a National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) rating of 3.5 or more.
IBA set up a Sustainability Committee in 2020 to decrease the impact that IBA’s operations have on the environment. The committee put together their capability statement and started to create plans of action including a “Green Recovery Plan”. The objective of the committee is to identify the social, environmental and financial opportunities that will assist the agency in decreasing its environmental footprint and align the initiatives developed with cost effective opportunities. The first initiative of the committee was to reduce the printing impacts of our significant corporate documents including corporate plan and annual report with availability of both documents online.
As part of IBA’s commitment to professional development in this area, a staff member received funding to complete Cambridge University’s Sustainability Management Short Course, focused on global business development and sustainability.
In response to COVID-19, during the period February to June 2020 we reduced our greenhouse emissions via a significant reduction in travel. We also found online solutions for tasks such as signing forms which has reduced printing and paper waste.