• Minimising consumption

    We improved our online services to support paperless interactions with taxpayers and their agents, as a means of minimising our paper usage. To minimise our waste to landfill, we maintained a national secure-waste contract for removing and recycling documents up to the 'protected' security level and implemented three-stream waste management in many sites.

    All of our sites use 50% recycled-content paper. Our paper usage in 2012–13 was approximately 3,750 sheets of paper per person, a decrease of 14.6% compared to last year. Our paper consumption has reduced by 27.5% since 2008–09, from around 260,000 reams to approximately 188,000 reams in 2012–13. This means we used 7.5 reams per person, well under the Australian Government ICT Sustainability Plan (2010–15) 2015 target of 9 reams per person per year. As our online services improve, we expect to see a further reduction in paper usage.

    Figure 3.3 Paper use per person, 2008–09 to 2012–13

    Figure 3.3 Paper use per person, 2008–09 to 2012–13

    View table of Figure 3.3

    Figure 3.3: Paper use per person, 2008–09 to 2012–13
      2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13
    Reams per person 10.1 9.0 8.6 8.9 7.5

    The Energy Efficiency in Government Operations (EEGO) Policy emphasises reduction in building energy consumption in government operations. We contribute to the achievement of this policy through implementing energy efficient practices such as enabling power-management features when installing office equipment. We expect the downward trend in our energy use to continue with plans to reduce our tenant light and power use below the 2011–12 average of 5,681 megajoules per person.

    Table 3.8 Energy intensity 2008–09 to 2011–12 (EEGO) target

     

    2008–09

    2009–10

    2010–11

    2011–12

    EEGO
    target

    Tenant light and power (a) MJ/pp

    6,344

    6,052

    5,666

    5,681

    7,500

    Central services (b) MJ/m2

    537

    510

    475

    464

    400

    Energy intensity is reported a year behind due to availability of reliable data.
    (a) Tenant light and power – a measurement of energy used for tenant operations in office space, including lighting, office equipment, and supplementary air conditioning and boiling water units.
    (b) Central services – a measurement of energy used providing services, common to all tenants in office building, including building air conditioning, lifts, security and lobby lighting and domestic hot water.

    In line with government policy, our vehicle fleet includes hybrid vehicles and we encourage fleet users to purchase e10 fuel for other vehicles where possible. Our level of consumption of e10 increased from 176,639 litres in 2010–11 to 249,000 litres in 2011–12.

    Video conferencing facilities are available in our major sites and provide an alternative to air travel, assisting us to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.


    Table 3.9 Air travel, greenhouse gas emissions and video conferences by quarter, 2012–13

     

    2012–13
    Q1

    2012–13
    Q2

    2012–13
    Q3

    2012–13
    Q4

    Air travel (km)

    11,352,485

    10,017,035

    10,859,604

    16,163,826

    Air travel (CO2 kg)

    1,880,480

    1,695,686

    1,804,127

    2,692,511

    Video conferences (No.)

    1,416

    1,102

    1,248

    1,575

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