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Environmental Performance

In 2019–20, the ILSC pursued sound land and environmental practices and appropriate management of cultural and sacred-site matters across its programs and operations in accordance with the ATSI Act and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The EPBC Act requires that the ILSC, as a corporate Commonwealth entity that owns or controls land with Commonwealth heritage values, prepare a Heritage Strategy. Heritage is broadly defined in the EPBC Act to include natural environments, culturally important and historic places, and artefacts. While there are currently no Commonwealth heritage values on land owned or controlled by the ILSC, the Heritage Strategy documents how the ILSC plans to manage all heritage values on ILSC properties in accordance with the ATSI Act and the EPBC Act.

Heritage and Environment Management Plans (HEMPs) outline specific environmental and heritage characteristics of properties and include responsible consideration of environmental risks and opportunities. HEMPs are in place on most rural and urban properties either held or directly managed by the ILSC, including those properties where ILSC subsidiaries conduct business operations. ILSC offices are located in buildings with multiple tenancies, so a component of electricity use (e.g. lift operation, foyer lighting) is managed by building managers. The ILSC-controlled component is separately metered.

The most significant ILSC-held property, Ayers Rock Resort, has a 1.8MW solar system producing up to 30 per cent (on average 15 per cent) of the resort’s electricity. Further increases in renewables at the resort are planned. Paper is the most significant waste product generated by ILSC office activities; all ILSC offices collect waste paper for recycling. Water usage charges for ILSC offices are either included in lease fees or apportioned by floor area. This means that water use figures vary depending on the rental status and water use behaviour of the building’s occupants as a whole and cannot be accurately linked to water use for reporting purposes. The ILSC makes extensive use of videoconferencing to reduce the need for air travel