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5.12 Ecologically sustainable development and environmental perforamnce

In March 2019, the Agency opened its national office in Geelong. This state–of–the–art building leads the way in ecologically sustainable development and environmental performance.
Some examples of these initiatives include:

  • rain water harvesting systems and grey water systems, which support amenities. In addition, all taps throughout the building have sensors installed for increased efficiency
  • grid power to supplementary systems through solar panels on the roof; this is further assisted by co–generation of power by the lift car/elevator system
  • thermochromic glass that utilises light harvesting to assist with temperature control throughout.

Across the Agency property portfolio, the following features are installed:

  • energy–efficient T5 fluorescent lights and light emitting diode (LED) lighting in all open-plan areas and meeting rooms, coupled with sensor controls
  • energy–efficient variable refrigerant flow air-conditioning systems that are operated via time clock
  • low–flow sanitary fixtures
  • general waste and recyclable bins to suit the size of the tenancy.

In addition to the above, the Agency has been proactive in introducing ecologically sustainable measures to its fleet portfolio, with a view to move to a wholly hybrid passenger vehicle base. Fleet management have introduced a program under which the current model of sport utility vehicles (Nissan X–Trail) will be replaced by a hybrid counterpart. Currently, the four–wheel drive market is limited to petrol and diesel options; however, the Agency continues to endeavour to take sustainable action where possible.

As of 30 June 2020, hybrid vehicles make up 65 per cent of the Agency’s fleet portfolio.

Table 5.12A: Breakdown of the 2019–20 Agency fleet portfolio

2019–20 Agency fleet portfolio

Fleet Vehicle Type

Number

Toyota Corolla Hybrid

140

Toyota Camry Hybrid

2

Toyota Rav-4 Hybrid

1

Toyota Landcruiser Prado

40

Nissan X– Trail

37

Total

220