Appendix D: Ecologically sustainable development
This appendix addresses the annual reporting requirements contained in s. 516A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
Old Parliament House’s outcome, programs and projects contribute to ecologically sustainable development (ESD) both by conserving and maintaining unique heritage assets for future generations and by promoting awareness of the economic, environmental, social and equitable considerations that have shaped decision-making and development in Australia.
The heritage management framework, including the Heritage Management Plan and the Heritage Actions Committee, ensures that the principles of ESD are considered when decisions are made that may affect the heritage values and environment of the building and its surroundings.
An Environmental Policy was developed and introduced and an Operational Environmental Management Plan (OEMP) completed. This plan sets recommendations and a framework that will assist in improving efficiencies in all aspects of environmental management, by leading to the development of an Environmental Management System in 2012–13.
All building operations are effectively managed to gain maximum operational energy performance. As it manages and occupies a heritage-listed building, the organisation aims to achieve as closely as possible the Australian Government’s energy intensity targets set out in the 2006 Energy Efficiency in Government Operations Policy. A decrease in overall energy usage was achieved, with a 4.23 per cent fall in electricity usage (which is the majority of the organisation’s energy use) and a 1.93 per cent increase in gas consumption. All major refurbishments met the minimum energy performance standard set out in the policy.
Table 24 lists measures carried out in 2011–12 to minimise the impact of the agency’s activities on the environment.
|Energy efficiency||The Operational Environmental Management Plan was introduced.
To maximise energy efficiency, the following principles were applied:
|Water conservation||A number of water saving measures were introduced: