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Effect of OPC’s activities on the environment

OPC’s operations have direct and indirect effects on the environment, particularly through the use of energy, transport, office equipment and materials used in office equipment. The following table, which relates to some of those commodities in the year, gives an indication of those effects and a comparison with 2019-20.

2020-2021

2019-2020

Comments

Building Performance

NABERS Rating

5.0

5.0

OPC Tenancy Performance

OPC occupies a single floor of 2,770 m2 with a lease term until September 2025. The lease includes a Green Lease Schedule as required by government policy.

Tenant Light and Power

Total kWh

171,230

147,588

Although OPC’s tenancy is not certified, it is currently performing at a standard in excess of the requirements for a 4.5 NABERS rating.

Green Power kWh

17,123

14,759

Total mJ

611,534

532,278

kWh per m2

61.82

53.3

Consumption per m2 in 2020-2021 is higher than 2019-2020 due to installation of new IT equipment and ongoing lighting issues.

mJ per m2

220.7

192.2

kW per ASL

1,662

1,512

Consumption per ASL in 2020-2021 is higher than 2019-2020, however OPC continues to outperform the Government’s current energy target of 7,500 mJ per ASL.

mJ per ASL

5,936

5,454

Nominal Lighting Power Density (NLPD)

Watts per m2

5.0

5.6

The NLPD also outperformed the Government’s recommended target of 8_watts per m2.

Environmental Impacts

CO2 produced (tonnes)

144.9

118.0

OPC has measures in place to minimise the effect of OPC’s activities on the environment.

Purchase of copy paper (tonnes)

3.3

4.2

Lower than 2019-2020 due to impact of COVID-19 on number of staff on-site.

These figures do not include energy and paper used by the contractor engaged by OPC to print Bills for introduction into the Parliament.

Water usage for OPC’s tenancy is not separately metered.