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Appendix C: Report under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

Environmental performance

The NTC is committed to reducing the impact of office operations on the environment through actions such as:

  • recycling paper, plastic, bottles and toner cartridges
  • recycling unwanted computer equipment such as monitors, hard drives, cabling and keyboards
  • installing equipment that has energy-saving features, such as laptops (which are more energy efficient than desktop computers), photocopiers and printers
  • ensuring double-sided printing is the default setting on all printers
  • encouraging staff to use public transport by offering discounted yearly tickets
  • motion sensors are connected to all lights which switch off automatically when there is no one within the range of the sensor
  • encouraging staff to use teleconferencing where possible to avoid unnecessary road or air travel
  • providing a battery recycling program for staff
  • installing paper recycling bins at workstations
  • providing additional recycling bins around the office
  • using only energy- and water-efficient appliances across the workplace
  • installing blinds and tinted windows to reduce the demand on air-conditioning systems.

The NTC has also entered into a green lease program along with its building manager, AMP Capital. This program aims to implement improvements to provide a greener and more energy efficient environment for all building occupants.

The NTC will continue to monitor its environmental impact and make changes as required.

NTC environmental statistics

Usage

2020–21

2019–20

Electricity

Total electricity used (kilowatt hours)

34,158

40,846

Green energy source (per cent)

60

60

Total greenhouse gas emissions (tonnes)

38

44

Air travel*

Domestic flights (kilometres)

31,814

358,701

International flights (kilometres)

0

50,783

Total greenhouse gas emissions (tonnes)

5

38

Other

Total estimated copy paper used (reams)

60

200

Total water consumption (litres per person)

5,875

9,225

Total greenhouse gas emissions (tonnes)

43

82

*Air travel information is supplied by the NTC’s travel provider.