Environmental performance reporting

Sustainability Report 2005-2006

Department of the Environment and Water Resources, 2007

Parks Australia Environmental Performance

Energy

EN17: Initiatives to use renewable energy sources and to increase energy efficiency

Goals 2005-06
Performance 2005-06 and trends

In 2005-06, the ANBG purchased 122 445 kWh (440 802 MJ) of accredited green power, which was 7.71% of total electricity used on site. The ANBG is the only park site using renewable energy. While Booderee is connected to the NSW grid via the Jervis Bay Administration, this is not a contestable market in the Australian Capital Territory.

Parks Australia does not have a specific programme for energy efficiency. When appliances at Parks sites need replacing, Parks considers replacing them with more energy-efficient units.

Commentary

The current electricity supply contract for the ANBG includes a requirement to supply an average of 8% accredited green power. The procurement of green power for additional sites beyond the ANBG will be considered as electricity supply contracts come up for renewal, where renewable energy options are available and feasible. Parks is currently investigating opportunities for remote generation of renewable energy, such as from solar panels.

The total cost of energy (excluding Avgas and Avtur) for Parks in 2005-06 was $1 795 980, which represents 3% of total expenditure. A 5% average increase in energy efficiency would save Parks nearly $90 000 per year.

Goals 2006-07