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Ecologically sustainable development and environmental performance

The Treasury continues to develop and incorporate strategies to improve its overall environmental performance. It participates in various government environmental forums and reviews information on property, building and environmental management through its membership of property and building industry groups.

The Treasury has completed a comprehensive review of its Environmental Management System, putting in place strategies to meet commitments under the Treasury Building Management Committee Green Improvement Agreement. These include various environmental sustainability initiatives and energy targets set by the Energy Efficiency in Government Operations Policy.

Energy management

The Treasury is trialling a new lighting system in selected areas in the Treasury Building, reducing the number of light fittings and replacing old fluorescent tubes with new energy efficient technology.

The Treasury participated, with other tenants of the Treasury Building, in a Green November initiative in 2010. This resulted in a 4 per cent energy saving. With the various initiatives and progressive improvements, the Treasury is now expected to be able to meet the Energy Efficiency in Government Operations Policy target of 7,500mj per person for 2011-12.

Other initiatives being implemented include:

  • raising staff awareness through a comprehensive communication strategy; and
  • the purchase of minimum 5 star energy rated electrical products.

Recycling

The Treasury recycles paper and cardboard products, which a local recycling firm collects. Classified waste paper is shredded, and or, pulped and paper hand towels are recycled. Waste recycling stations are provided in staff kitchens separating recyclable items and organic waste.

The Treasury also participates in the recycling of toner cartridges, fluorescent tubes and batteries and helps staff recycle old mobile phones, donating them to charity.

Water

Tenancies in the Treasury Building are not metered separately for water consumption. The Treasury recently upgraded the showers in its staff change rooms with the 5 star rated economy flow shower heads. The Treasury Building Management Committee is investigating other water savings initiatives.