• Environmental performance

    We focus on our environmental impact and have identified categories of greenhouse gas emissions which we will aim to reduce in the coming years.

    Our Environmental Management Committee ensures a consistent and integrated approach to our environmental management. The committee has established an action plan with strategies designed to reduce our environmental impact, including reviewing and amending processes that contribute significantly to our greenhouse gas emissions and informing employees about their environmental responsibilities while at work. Our 'green team' volunteers also run site-specific awareness and education campaigns.

    We report on our greenhouse gas emissions annually with mandatory reporting of electricity, gas and vehicle fuel consumption via the online system for comprehensive activity reporting (OSCAR). In 2011–12, we expanded our internal reporting of our carbon footprint to include emissions resulting from business travel and paper usage and have set this as our base year.

    Analysis of 2011–12 base year data indicates that our total greenhouse gas emissions of approximately 66,000 tonnes CO2 consisted of:

    • electricity (79.5%)
    • air travel (12.4%)
    • paper (2.6%)
    • other activities (5.5%).

    The base year data and methodology used was assessed and verified by the external provider, DTZ.

    In commencing our expanded reporting on greenhouse gas emissions, we have followed the guidance provided in the Greenhouse Gas Protocol: Corporate accounting and reporting standard (World Resources Institute and World Business Council on Sustainable Development, 2004).

    Our long term environment vision is to minimise impact now, for future generations. By 2017, we aim to achieve six key targets, based on the 2011–12 base year:

    • 25% reduction in emission levels
    • 25% reduction in flight kilometres
    • 50% reduction in paper sent externally by the ATO
    • 30% reduction in paper used within the ATO per FTE
    • all sites to have recycling waste storage to facilitate a minimum of recyclables, organics and landfill
    • increase staff awareness and engagement about environmental management at work

    Our plan in achieving these targets includes short term, long term and ongoing actions which consider our people (a workforce which is environmentally conscious), our place (an organisation which uses its resources more wisely) and our partnerships (relationships with clients and the community which encourage positive environmental outcomes).

    The National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) measures the energy efficiency, water usage, waste management and indoor environment quality of a building or tenancy and its impact on the environment.

    Table 3.7 NABERS ratings by location, at 30 June 2013

     

    Base building
    star rating

    Tenancy
    star rating

    Whole building
    star rating

    Water
    star rating

    Moore St, Canberra (ACT)

    4

     

     

    4

    Genge St, Canberra (ACT)

     

    4.5

     

     

    Narellan St, Canberra (ACT)

    5

     

     

     

    Woniora St, Hurstville (NSW)

    5

     

     

     

    Macquarie St, Parramatta (NSW)

    5.5

     

     

    3.5

    Henry St, Penrith (NSW)

     

     

    4.5

     

    King St, Newcastle (NSW)

    5

     

     

    4.5

    Goulburn St, Sydney (NSW)

    5.5

     

    5

    4

    Burelli St, Wollongong (NSW)

    2.5

     

     

     

    Creek St, Brisbane (QLD)

    5.5

     

    4

    4.5

    Banfield St, Chermside (QLD)

     

     

    3

     

    McGregor St, Upper Mt Gravatt (QLD)

    5

     

     

     

    Stanley St, Townsville (QLD)

     

     

    5

     

    Little Ryrie St, Geelong (VIC)

    5

    3.5

     

     

    Mason St, Dandenong (VIC)

    4

     

     

     

    Gladstone St, Moonee Ponds (VIC)

    4

     

     

    4

    Collins St, Hobart (TAS)

    4.5

     

     

     

    Francis St, Northbridge (WA)

    5

     

    5

    2.5

    NOTES
    Some sites above have been vacated.
    The following NABERS ratings are not included as they expired before 30 June 2013:
    • Narellan St, Canberra (ACT) tenacy (4.5), expired April 2013
    • Burelli St, Wollongong (NSW) whole building (3), expired October 2012
    • Whitehorse Rd, Box Hill (VIC) whole building (3.5) and water (3), expired May 2013.
     
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