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Commonwealth of Australia - The Treasury

Annual Report 2014/15

Ecologically sustainable development and environmental performance

The Treasury continues to improve its environmental performance in accordance with the Energy Efficiency in Government Operations Policy.

Environmental policies and programs, developed as part of the Treasury Environmental Management Plan, are reviewed annually and accord with commitments under the Treasury Building Management Committee Green Improvement Agreement.

Energy management

The Treasury has invested in various energy savings initiatives (in the Treasury building) over the period, including further upgrades of the tenancy lighting system and installation of an
LED lighting pilot.

Environmental initiatives already implemented and ongoing include:

  • procuring five star energy rated electrical appliances;
  • installing motion sensors to control lighting in areas of infrequent use; and
  • maintaining staff awareness through comprehensive communication encouraging staff to minimise the Treasury’s energy use.

The Department of Finance (the building owner) is upgrading elements of the base building plant with more contemporary, energy efficient equipment.

The Treasury uses 10 per cent Greenpower in the Treasury building, included under an existing whole-of-government procurement arrangement for electricity.

The Treasury used approximately 5,858 mega joules of electricity per person for office tenant light and power, below the Energy Efficiency in Government Operations Policy target of 7,500 mega joules per person per annum.

Total tenant light and power consumption was approximately 1,557,325 kilowatt hours.


Commingled and organic recycling

Waste stations located in kitchens incorporate rubbish, recycling and compost waste containers to segregate waste into approved recycling streams. Staff are encouraged to dispose of waste appropriately.

The Treasury recycles toner cartridges, fluorescent tubes and batteries and assists staff to recycle old mobile phones by donating them to charity.

During the 2014-15 reporting period the Treasury recycled 5.96 tonnes of commingled waste, 3.98 tonnes of used paper towels and 4.3 tonnes of organic waste.

Paper recycling

The Treasury recycles paper and cardboard products. Paper recycling containers are situated at staff workstations, adjacent to printers and in utility rooms. Classified waste paper is shredded, pulped and reused to produce paper and cardboard products.

During the 2014-15 reporting period the Treasury recycled 24.8 tonnes of used paper and 2.19 tonnes of shredded paper.


During 2014-15 the Treasury operated four fleet vehicles, consuming approximately 2,152.7 litres of fuel and travelling an estimated 18,436 kilometres.

The Treasury’s pool vehicles averaged a Green Vehicle Guide of 14; this combines air pollution and greenhouse ratings.

Air Travel

Treasury staff are encouraged to minimise air travel, instructed to undertake travel only where there is a demonstrated business need, and encouraged to use teleconferencing and videoconferencing as alternatives.

Resource efficiencies

During the year the Treasury continued to deploy ‘follow-me-print’, a secure printing facility that allows staff to print documents at any printer using their security swipe card. Any print jobs not accessed within a set timeframe are automatically purged.

In compliance with the Australian Government ICT Sustainability Plan 2010–2015, the Treasury’s general-use office copy paper had a post-consumer recycled content of 50 per cent.


Tenancies in the Treasury building are not metered separately for water consumption. The Treasury uses water flow controls and water-efficient appliances in kitchens.

The Treasury Building Management Committee is investigating other water savings initiatives, including rainwater harvesting.