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Section 516A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 requires the Agency to report annually on how its activities accord with and contribute to the principles of ecologically sustainable development and the environmental performance of its internal operations.
As a new Agency, we are committed to incorporating these principles into our foundations where relevant. During 2019–20, the Agency:
- co-located with other agencies in regional locations where appropriate
- reduced the reliance on paper by supporting electronic document management and collaboration as well as digital and mobile technology solutions for staff (iPads and laptops)
- defaulted office printers to black and white and two-sided printing
- used energy saver mode for most office equipment when not in use across Canberra and Brisbane office locations.
Moving forward, the Agency will further review how we contribute to ecologically sustainable development and how we can continue to mitigate our impact on the environment.