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Ecologically sustainable development and environmental performance

 

Section 516A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 requires government agencies to report on how their activities accord with the principles of ecologically sustainable development (ESD); how their outcomes contributed to ESD; and how their operations affected the environment during the year, and what measures were taken to minimise negative effects.

The Clean Energy Regulator is committed to making a positive contribution to sustainable development. The Clean Energy Regulator’s outcome is focused on activities designed to improve the sustainability of Australian industry and business, through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, promotion of renewable sources of energy generation, and recognition of projects to support carbon abatement.

The Clean Energy Regulator manages the effects of its operations on the environment through the shared services arrangement with the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, under which the department provides facilities management services for the Agency. The department’s environmental management approach aligns with the principles of ESD and is underpinned by an environmental management system certified under the global standard for managing environmental impacts and risks, ISO 14001:2004.

The Clean Energy Regulator complies with the processes put in place by the department, and seeks continuously to improve environmental performance in its own operations and activities. During the reporting period, the Clean Energy Regulator:

  • provided waste-cycling stations in staff kitchens, separating recyclable items and organic waste
  • refined the use of ‘sleep mode’ for desktop computers, ensuring that updates are conducted at times when most staff are at work using computers
  • provided publications for download from its website, reducing the need to print and distribute hard copy material
  • used environmentally friendly toner and inkjet cartridges, and purchased paper with a minimum 50 per cent recycled content
  • recycled packaging, waste paper and cardboard.

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