The Directorate has responsibility for, among other things, climate change policy, energy policy, energy efficiency programs and environmental sustainability policy. These matters represent core business and are discussed elsewhere. The reporting within this section of the Annual Report is therefore focused primarily on the Directorate’s stewardship of its own resources use.
During 2014–15 the Directorate continued to put in place measures to reduce its environmental impact. This included implementing upgrades to our principal building, Dame Pattie Menzies House, improving staff engagement in sustainable practices, and maintaining Actsmart accreditation. One of the highlights of the year has been the ongoing improvement in lighting around the Dickson office. All offices, bathrooms and meeting rooms now have motion-activated sensor lighting and emergency lighting has been fully replaced with energy-efficient LED lights.
The Directorate introduced a number of electric cars into its vehicle fleet, with many staff showing a preference for electric vehicles for short trips around town.
The EPD Green Team actively engaged with staff, highlighting ways to improve sustainability in everyday work. Some highlights of the Green Team’s campaign included:
- Transport Challenge: Who can get from Dickson to the City the fastest—bike, car or bus. Active travel was the big winner, with our bike rider leading the way.
- To maintain Actsmart accreditation, compulsory online training was introduced in regard to recycling, composting and waste. The training was introduced late in the financial year, with more than 50% of staff completing training by the end of the reporting period.
- Walking meetings: With so many staff based in the office, the Green Team have championed walking meetings, encouraging staff to walk to the Dickson wetlands, or just around the block. This has been a great way to get blood, and ideas, flowing.
Sustainable Development Performance–Current and Previous Financial Year
Indicator at 30 June
|Agency Staff and Area||Unit||2013–14||2014–15||Percentage |
Workplace floor area
|Stationary energy usage|
Renewable electricity use
National gas use
|Transport fuel usage|
Total number of vehicles
Total kilometres travelled
Fuel use–liquid petroleum gas (LPG)
Fuel use–compressed natural gas (CNG)
|Resource efficiency and waste|
Reams of paper purchased
Recycled content of paper purchased
Waste to landfill
Co-mingled material recycled
Paper and cardboard recycled (including secure paper)
Organic material recycled
|Greenhouse gas emissions|
Emissions from stationary energy use
Emissions from transport
Part way through 2014-15 a significant increase in water usage was identified. This increase related to constant water flow in bathrooms throughout Dame Patty Menzies House. Following identification, measures were put in place to resolve the issue and the Directorate anticipates a decrease in water usage during 2015-16.