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Appendix 6—Ecologically sustainable development and environmental performance
Section 516A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999 sets out the principles and framework for the Office to report on environmental matters. We also have an environmental management policy to help us manage activities in a sustainable manner. Our environmental impact is mainly through office-based energy consumption, paper resources and waste management.
In 2018–19 the Office continues to manage its energy consumption and drive efficiencies. All new tenancies have included smart lighting and the introduction of LED globes to further reduce energy consumption. Total energy consumption across all of the Office’s tenancies has increased by 15 per cent while the growth in staffing has been 24 per cent.
The Office ensures we engage in predominantly digital record-keeping and e-business practices to reduce paper files. Our paper supplies are either carbon neutral or manufactured from at least 50 per cent recycled products. Other materials such as files, folders and unused stationary are recycled within the Office to reduce procurement activity for stationery.
We actively manage the waste we produce through several mechanisms:
- Recycling bins are provided in all offices to encourage recycling of waste such as paper and cardboard packaging.
- All print toner cartridges are recycled.
- Follow me printing is available in all offices. Follow me printing allows users to print to a shared print queue, roam and release their print job from any enabled output device. This ensures printing is confidential to the user and reduces printed waste from documents left uncollected at the printer i.e. each staff member must release their print job at the physical printer otherwise the print job is lost after one hour.
- Recycling bins are provided in kitchen breakout areas for plastic bottles and cans.