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Environmental Efficiency in the Australian
Public Service: a Resource Guide

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Department of Industrial Relations
October 1996

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Action Plan

The following action plan is provided as an example of how agencies may set about the practical task of reducing the environmental impact of their operations. To assist agencies to formulate their own action plan a checklist pro forma is provided at Appendix C.

Environmental staff:

Department of Environment, Sport and Territories

To promote environmental efficiency an organisation needs to develop a system. Elaborate environment management systems can be developed by environmental consultants, however many agencies have found more realistic solutions and greater ownership by undertaking the work in-house.

In developing an environmental management system the following measures should be considered:

Resource Guide Logo identify a champion who has influence over management to provide a focus for the environmental management system;
Resource Guide Logo develop a network of staff committed to advancing environmental improvement and who have a similar standing to OHS staff and fire wardens;
Resource Guide Logo develop an environmental policy which states in simple language the environmental objectives and make this known to the agency;
Resource Guide Logo ensure management is supportive of the project;
Resource Guide Logo create time lines, project plans and performance indicators to ensure that progress can be measured; and
Resource Guide Logo evaluate the effectiveness of measures in place and instigate further measures.

Action plans can take many forms. DEST's Environmental Management Action plan (shown on the following page) provides one example of how an environmental plan can be set out.

DEST Draft Environmental Management Action Plan (EMAP) - abridged

I = Importance/Priority (1,2,3)
C = Complexity (High, Medium, Low)
T = Time Frame (Short, Medium, Long)

Recommendation
I
C
T
Task/issues/timing
Area of expertise/
responsibility
8.

A trial be conducted using a small number of worm farms to treat compostable waste, with a view to extending the use of worm farms throughout the Canberra elements of the Dept.

1 L S Suggest beginning with one worm farm in Tobruk and Tourism Houses, each managed by an ECONET officer (with back up person) and receiving the food waste from 20-30 staff. Based on the trial a decision should be made on the viability of extending the system further within the excisting buildings. If it is determined not to be feasible, the option of keeping food waste separate for supply to a commercial or community based vermiculturalist should be explored. Integrating worm farming into the proposed new building should be actively pursued.

Suggested timing: by end Feb

CMD
9.

The practice of discarding fluorescent tubes to landfill to be discontinued. The Dept should access, perhaps in consort with other agencies, a fluorescent tube crusher for separation of mercury, fluorescent powder and glass.

2 L S Liaise with ACT Govt/ACTEW with a view to establishing a crusher/crushers for the Canberra region. A manufacturer of tube crushers is SELDCo - tel (03) 9563 1040.

Suggested timing: by end Feb

CMD

Resource Guide Logo Case Studies

The following case studies were provided by APS agencies and the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union and address a range of environmental efficiency measures.

Some measures are more agency specific than others. Nonetheless, agencies may find that some or all of these examples can be adapted in some way to suit the specific requirements of their own organisation.


Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union/ Environment Protection Agency Workplace and Environment Project DASFLEET: Port Melbourne

Background

Soon after the commencement of the AMWU/EPA Workplace and Environment Project in September 1994, enterprises were approached to participate in pilot environment projects. After conducting an introductory seminar in November with management and employees, DASFleet, Port Melbourne, agreed to participate in the pilot project. The objective of the project was to use the workplace consultative arrangements to enlist employees and management in a cooperative strategy to improve environmental performance.

Process undertaken

Preliminary meetings with Phillip Johns (Workshop supervisor) and Steve Passarini (OHS representative) occurred in October 1994.

In November, a half day seminar attended by nine DASFLEET employees and a representative from management was conducted. The purpose of the seminar was to raise awareness of the environmental impacts of workplace practices, to identify areas of particular relevance to DASFLEET, and to suggest means of addressing those areas.

As an initial step, it was agreed that the environment would become a standing agenda item on the ID Committee.

In early 1995, the OHS representative attended a two day AMWU Workplace and Environment training course and reported back to the ID Committee.

The committee identified key areas for environmental improvement at DASFLEET and took steps to implement those improvements.

Changes made and savings achieved

A recycling program was set up and is continuing. Virtually everything at the site is recycled eg, packaging, used components, batteries, oil etc., except for some plastics. There has been a significant reduction in waste to landfill, although this has not been quantified by the committee.

An enquiry into total recycling of car wash water revealed that it would cost approximately $20,000 to install additional pumps and storage tank in addition to the excisting triple bypass to recycle all water and the decreased water quality would introduce much longer wash cycles with greater water volumes to clean the vehicles effectively. Management decided not to proceed with this initiative on the basis of cost and reduced effectiveness although a payback period for savings due to reduced water consumption has not been established.

Participation

This pilot project has demonstrated that employee training on environmental awareness and a commitment to environmental improvement via workplace consultative processes has resulted in significant waste reduction due to employee commitment to improved housekeeping measures.

Improvements which require capital expenditure, such as the car wash, can be investigated by the consultative process, however, the decision to proceed (as in this case) rests with management.

Further plans

The combination of further training and workplace consultation have propelled and supported the DASFLEET project. The possibility for similar success in other DAS businesses and agencies is high, given a similar approach.

Contact:
S. Penniciuk
Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union
3rd Floor, 440 Elizabeth Street
MELBOURNE VIC 3000
(03) 9230 5888

Department of Administrative Services

The Halon Bank

Background

Australia is a signatory to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The Montreal Protocol has led to the development of a long-range plan to reduce and phase out ozone depleting substances. In addition to our commitment under the Montreal Protocol, the Commonwealth Government decided to phase out the use of all new and excisting halon by 31 December 1995. Halon is a man made substance used in fire suppression systems, but although highly effective in fire fighting, halons are very aggressive in the way in which they deplete the ozone layer.

From 1 January 1996 only designated essential use applications that meet the most stringent criteria will be permitted to use halon. These include fire protection for aircraft, merchant shipping, and specialised applications.

Process

The establishment of a Halon Bank was announced by the then Prime Minister in the December 1992 Statement on the Environment. The Bank was to be operated by the Department of Administrative Services Centre for Environmental Management (DASCEM) along commercial lines, with government agencies and large corporations expected to meet the cost of depositing their halon. $4.6m was allocated over four years to meet the cost of managing halon disposal for small business and the community.

The Halon Bank's charter is to collect, safely store, decant, recycle, and ultimately destroy excess halon. It has major storage facilities at Tottenham in Victoria and Oaklands in NSW.

A wide variety of media is being used to promote halon phase out and to promote the Halon Bank as the means to dispose of halon in an environmentally responsible manner. A number of prominent Australians helped to promote the campaign in schools, colleges, shopping centres and other public places. Halon Bank staff produce brochures and media articles, and participate in radio and television interviews.

Changes made and savings achieved

The Bank commenced collecting halon in May 1993.

To date, major depositors have been the Department of Defence and Telstra. Current indications suggest that there may be another 500 tonnes of halon to be collected throughout Australia. DASCEM is actively pursuing this remaining halon to ensure that all stocks in Australia are disposed of safely.

Australian Estate Management (AEM) engaged DASCEM to undertake a stocktake of 180 Commonwealth government owned buildings to determine the levels of halon and CFC holdings. AEM has commenced a progressive halon deposit program which will provide further significant deposits. DASCEM, in conjunction with the Commonwealth Environment Protection Agency, also conducted an ozone depleting substances benchmarking project over 1,200 sites leased by the Commonwealth to establish the extent of halon and CFC in that sector.

An independent Program Evaluation of the operations of the Halon Bank was undertaken in early 1995. It concluded that the Bank was meeting its objectives efficiently taking account of additional costs and responsibilities not foreseen at the time of establishment. Copies of the Report on an Evaluation of the Halon Bank are available from DASCEM.

Costs and payback

The Statement on the Environment stated that the Halon Bank must operate along commercial lines. All DASCEM's costs were to be met from charges to deposit halon with the Bank.

$4.6m was provided by the Federal Government to meet the costs of small business and community deposits with the Bank. Government agencies, large corporations and industry must pay deposit fees. DASCEM is able to meet all its costs from deposit fees. It has made adequate provisions to meet the future costs for bulk decanting and destruction (conversion) of halon.

The project continues to be both an environmental and commercial success.

Staff and community involvement

The Halon Bank is managed by a staff of four people based in Melbourne, supported by collection co-ordinators in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia who work with local authorities, business, industry and the community to promote awareness and facilitate deposits. The fire protection industry provides collection for interim storage services for their customers, and metropolitan and country fire brigades provide a drop off point for the community. These services are provided free of charge to the depositor and to DASCEM. An Australia wide collection, transportation and storage network for the Halon Bank's stocks of halon is provided on contract by DAS Distribution.

Therefore, for all Australians, the ability to deposit halon responsibly is as close as their nearest fire brigade.

Future plans

In mid-1996, DASCEM will commence the bulk decanting of its halon stock in preparation for the destruction (conversion) of halon. Bulk decanting of this magnitude has never been done before anywhere, and will involve the use of world first cylinder piercing technology to withdraw halon safely from its small cylinders.

DASCEM entered into an agreement with the Australian company Siddons Ramset Ltd to destroy (convert) halon using plasma arc technology (PLASCON). PLASCON was developed in conjunction with the CSIRO. It converts halon into natural by-products such as sodium bromide, sodium chloride, and sodium hypochloride by means of pyrolysis in a 10 000 degree Celsius plasma arc. The conversion process will also be a world first, as a natural program of this magnitude has not been undertaken elsewhere.

In response to a request from the air conditioning and refrigeration industry, DASCEM has extended its current halon banking services to include the collection, storage and disposal of CFC. In January 1995 it entered into a 12 month contract with the industry body Refrigerant Reclaim Australian Ltd to provide a management facility for CFCS. The first deposit of 13 tonnes occurred in March 1995 and deposits have continued since. The expansion of the Halon Bank into the reclamation, recycling and disposal of CFC provides an excellent opportunity for the Bank to extend its services, providing Australia with a valuable resource for destroying a wider range of ozone depleting gases.

The Halon Bank is the only one of its type in the world. Other countries have 'banks' that act as brokers between those who require halon and those who have surplus stocks. However, no other country has a national program to withdraw, collect, safely store and dispose of excess halon. DASCEM's unique service will keep Australia amongst the world leaders in providing destruction services and techniques for environmentally hazardous substances.

In October 1995 in Washington DC, DASCEM received the United States Environmental Protection

Agency Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award.

Contact:

Mr John Dickenson

General Manager
DASCEM
Floor 6, Building D
World Trade Centre
Siddeley Street
MELBOURNE VIC 3000
(03) 9649 7405
(03) 9649 7410


Department of Defence

Conservation Management with Minimum Resources

Background

HMAS Cerberus is sited on the Mornington Peninsula in southern Victoria and is the largest training base in the Royal Australian Navy (272 buildings and approximately 2500 employees). Its environmental development and growth has therefore been spasmodic and tied to both economic and political will.

The development of environmental guidelines and standards such as the ISO 14000 series and a changing political will to become environmentally responsible and eco-friendly has led the HMAS Cerberus and the Navy to recognise their responsibility to follow best environmental practice guidelines. Hence, the old methods of reactive environmental development and planning practices have been overhauled at HMAS Cerberus in the last 18 months.

Process undertaken

The importance of Hanns Inlet and the nearby mudflats have been recognised by many studies and the area is included as an important part of Westernport Bay which is included in the RAMSAR nominated wetlands. The potential for environmentally deleterious development and significant accidental impacts to the natural environment is recognised by the Navy and HMAS Cerberus. To reduce the risks, HMAS Cerberus commissioned Kinhill Engineering to conduct an Environmental Audit of the base in 1994.

As a result of this report, several recommendations were made towards monitoring the environment and conducting surveys of the base's excisting flora and fauna prior to major developments being approved.

These recommendations were accepted and have been implemented wherever possible.

Again however, actions such as expensive weed spraying and revegetation were limited by staffing resources and finances.

There are however ways in which environmental goals can be achieved as the following illustrates. Before providing details however it must be appreciated that not all projects succeed and not every project instigated leads to success. Some of these projects and ideas require many phone calls and much negotiation. The alternative is however to wait and hope that finances, resources and paid staff will materialise. If the possibility of increased PR, improved community involvement and some degree of personal satisfaction is desired, then the manager should be prepared to attempt all manner of projects.

The other factor that is so often overlooked is the positive feedback given to environmental workers by their peers and sympathetic volunteer helpers.

Examples

a) Re-establish native trees and grasses

Local schools were challenged to plant trees and individual classes were then visited by the Environmental Officer to educate the children about the real benefits of planting indigenous flora. From one small class of 24 children has grown the now challenging task of coordinating about 300 volunteer children, parents and teachers to plant trees along the approaches to HMAS Cerberus.

In September 1995, when the Naval Reserve Cadet units from Victoria and SA attended their annual camp at HMAS Cerberus, a challenge was put to the cadets to out plant their rival training ships. As a result, in seven days, nearly 1100 trees were planted. The exercise gained much praise from local green community groups.

The only drawback was to find enough funds to buy trees and equipment. Accordingly, the Environmental Officer approached BHP and other organisations to investigate possible sponsorship to plant trees, and gain mutual PR and environmental benefits. Other funds will be sought from both affiliated Greening Australia organisation and Landcare grants. The list of possibilities is only limited by imagination and the number of people you can recruit to take the pressure off yourself.

Costs

About $2.00 per tree for plastic guards, stakes and matting and several after hours visits to planting sites. Costs are less, of course, if sponsorship can be found.

Benefits

A very real control measure for erosion works, re-establishment of native flora and tree corridors, excellent local PR and the promise of many more plantings and locally cooperative ventures in 1996.

b) create a database to map the excisting environment

At HMAS Cerberus, a Geographical Information System (GIS) was proposed in the Audit Report. The cost however was very significant and could not be funded by using consultants to implement GIS.

The Environmental Officer then approached a local Regional Environmental Employment Program

coordinator conducting a survey of nearby French Island. Subsequent to brief consultation with DEET and some limited funding from Naval Support Command, a proposal to conduct a GIS for HMAS Cerberus was mooted for January 1996. Unfortunately the project was delayed by the pending federal election and had to be cancelled. The lesson learnt here was not to rely on pledges and insist on agreed and written contracts. The initial planning and setting up of venues for an initial trial project on nearby French Island has provided benefits.

Costs

Apart from providing tea and coffee and the use of available and vacant classrooms for the trainees to work from, the only costs were for additional electricity consumed by GIS computers compiling data. The project took considerable liaison between departments and local hierarchy but had the flow on benefit of leading to further projects, some of which are described below.

Benefits

An immediate compilation of excisting topographical maps and aerial photographs of HMAS Cerberus onto a GIS. The employment of 20 local adults, all of whom could take part in the weed eradication projects, plant and seed collections, tree propagation works and fencing tasks. Some of these people have gone on to gain employment in related fields.

The trial French Island project also gained much needed PR for the position of the Environmental Officer. The then Minister for the Environment visited the base, inspected the works of the adult trainees and presented certificates of employment and training to the trainees on completion.

c) survey animals and birds

With each pending fire season requiring strategic fire breaks and some degree of limited burning of sections of bushland, accurate sampling of the biota and vegetation before burning is highly advised. To monitor species visiting Sandy Point and the immediate locality near the base, several organisations have been approached to conduct surveys at HMAS Cerberus.

The Royal Australasian Ornithological Union (RAOU) now conducts monthly weekend mist netting camps at Sandy Point and the Bird Observers Club of Australia (BOCA) has commenced one day bird counts of all migratory wading bird species every seven weeks throughout the year. The Museum of Victoria has also assisted in bird species counts and individuals from agencies such as the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE) are assisting in assessing mammalian use of the coastal regions near Sandy Point.

The University of Melbourne Zoology department and other amateur organisations are being approached to assist in regular mammal trapping exercises to assess what species are present and using the immediate habitats both at Sandy Point and the rifle range.

Another long term project that both the Navy and DNRE have conducted is the regular trapping and removal of koalas from Sandy Point. The koalas were introduced to Sandy Point in the early 1970's. Since then the koala population has grown rapidly, so much that the population is now over grazing the manna gums which form their main feed source. Over the past 10 years, DNRE rangers and Navy have caught and translocated about 1250 individual koalas to other sties about Victoria. Navy also assists DNRE by supplying a work boat on an infrequent basis to translocate koalas from nearby French Island to the mainland for additional translocation exercises.

Costs

Time and a degree of time scheduling and coordinating between departments.

Benefits

Excellent local PR and television coverage. The local koala population is controlled without unpopular culling. Further possibilities for mutual cooperation have arisen from this annual exercise as the following example illustrates.

d) control of feral animals such as foxes, rabbits, cats and birds

Typically a program for feral animal control is found to be expensive and labour intensive. Because HMAS Cerberus has only a limited budget for the control of pest species, each pest animal was targeted with a specific form of control.

(i) Pigeons, starlings and other introduced birds have been controlled at great expense by using private pest extermination companies. To reduce costs and raise awareness of the sailors on base, the HMAS Cerberus was approached for assistance. As

a result of this request, every six months during quiet periods at the base, about 12 shooters conduct a highly controlled pigeon shoot. The birds are checked and then disposed of, with typically about 100-200 birds being shot each day.

(ii) Cats are trapped by the Environment Officer in wire cages.

To dispose of the animals humanely, the animals are taken to either the DNRE research property at Frankston for breeding studies or are taken to the nearby RSPCA for euthanasia. Both agencies perform autopsies on the cats; the information is kept for future research. As a thank you to the RSPCA, used blankets are delivered to the hospital which saves the Navy the cost of disposal and reduces the waste. The blankets are effectively recycled by either the RSPCA or a nearby animal shelter.

(iii) Fox eradication is achieved by cooperating with DNRE. The researchers from DNRE conduct fox baiting trials on the base two or three times a year. The trials are used to assess different baits. The dead animals are removed and inspected; the results are used to assess the viability of baits that will be used nationally. There has been a significant reduction in the number of foxes.

Future plans

The few ideas mentioned above have followed on from each other relatively easily. By approaching other environmental managers and areas of expertise in many departments and non-government organisations (NGOs), help and advice has been freely given.

To date the Environmental Office has received assistance and time from over 29 different clubs, NGOs and government departments.

HMAS Cerberus has investigated some new initiatives for

conservation and environmental works. The ideas from the previous ADFA conference include the successful cooperation with the Royal Australian Army reserves from the 4th Combat Engineers at Ringwood. The army has commenced road works and cutting bush fire breaks about HMAS Cerberus and Sandy Point. The future works proposed by the engineering corps and HMAS Cerberus include cleaning out the rifle range butts and removal of noxious pest plants as large as full grown Radiata Pine Trees.

The greatest resource, as frequently mentioned, is people. The help received from employing fulltime and part time reservists has been instrumental in achieving nearly all the objectives of the Environment Offices. Reservists have almost singlehandedly completed a fire management audit and bush strategy plan for HMAS Cerberus. Draft oil spill contingency plans for Hanns Inlet and Sandy Point are currently being formulated with the same assistance.

Coordinating problems can be seen as either a daunting task or a rewarding challenge. It depends upon attitude and willingness to ask for help and accept gracefully.

Contact:

Lieut Robert Gardiner
Environmental Officer
Facilities Office
HMAS Cerberus
CRIB POINT VIC 3920
(059) 50 7109
(059) 50 7243


Department of Transport and Regional Development

Background

As part of the Department's Agency Agreement 1994-95, Clause 19 - Energy and Accommodation issues states that:

' the parties (the Department and unions) agree to jointly develop and promote initiatives which will result in reductions in energy usage and waste generation, and more efficient use of floor space. In developing these initiatives the following issues will be considered:

The former Department of Transport introduced the concept of 'reduce, re-use, recycle' in late 1994.

Process

A Workplace Bargaining Committee, comprised of both management and union representatives, was established to oversee implementation of the Department's Agency Agreement 1994-95. In addition, an informal Energy and Environment workgroup was established in April 1995, comprised of interested staff from all parts of the Department, to look at ways to implement recycling and other environmentally friendly work practices across the Department. A program of weekly notices in the staff bulletin advising staff on how to be more environmentally aware in the workplace was also commenced.

Further plans

The Department is currently in the process of developing an Energy and Environment Plan for the next couple of years, which will aim to provide some tangible environmental targets which staff will be able to implement in their own workplace.

Examples

a) Recycling program

Changes made and savings achieved

A recycling program was established and is still continuing. Recycling bins were introduced to all floors of the Department's offices to enable collection of waste paper. This has resulted in an increase in the collection of waste paper from the Department's four buildings in Civic, rising from nil to in excess of eight wheelie bins per week (as at March 1996). Other forms of recycling are the collection of plastics; glass ware and milk containers all of which are collected in a special bin. The waste is centrally stored, along with the paper, and taken away by a contractor; this program has resulted in an increase of plastics, glassware and milk containers being recycled from no recycling at all to in excess of five wheelie bins per week across the Department (as at March 1996).

Whilst savings have not been formally accounted for, it is estimated that if the Department can continue to increase the recycling program to the extent where one of the two waste hoppers it currently hires can be disposed of, a saving of around $3,000 per month could be eventually achieved.

Participation

The recycling program has demonstrated that staff, union and management participation is important in achieving sound results. Without the cooperation of all parties it would have been very difficult to change staff and management perceptions towards implementing environmentally friendly projects like recycling.

Further plans

The Department is currently in the process of developing an Energy and Environment Plan for the next couple of years, which will aim to provide some tangible environmental targets which staff will be able to implement in their own workplace.

b) lighting program

Changes made and savings achieved

A refurbishing program based around using environmentally friendly products was established in mid-1994 and is still continuing. This means that as each floor in the Department's four buildings in Civic is due for refurbishment, excisting lighting systems will be replaced with better quality and more energy efficient light globes; block lighting patterns which will enable sections of each floor to be lit rather than the whole floor; and the installation of light sensors on conference and training rooms.

The cost of changing over to more energy efficient systems should be repaid in approximately two years. Whilst savings have not been formally accounted for at this stage, as the refurbishment is still underway, it is estimated that the Department should save around 10% on its electricity bill over the next twelve months.

Participation

Whilst a refurbishment program has been in place for a number of years it has only recently begun to take account of energy and environmental considerations. The ease with which much of the recent refurbishments have been implemented has demonstrated that staff, union and management participation is important in achieving solid results. The cooperation of all parties has proved vital to creating a positive perception towards the implementation of block lighting.

c) Binless office trial

Changes made and savings achieved

The Energy and Environment Workgroup (which comprises interested staff and includes a union representative) agreed to trial the concept of a binless office in one of the Department's four buildings and on the Executive floor. Management and the unions were advised agreed to the trial.

Essentially, the trial took the form of the removal of personalised garbage bins, which were replaced by a personalised waste paper recycling box. In addition, two large swivel top bins were placed in the Kitchens on each floor of the building - one to collect plastic, glassware and milk containers and the other to collect personal garbage.

Participation

The implementation of the trial took significant effort on behalf of the Energy and Environment Workgroup and required senior management support to make it work. Whilst there were some objections to the trial most staff and management took to and coped with the trial very well and it has continued to be implemented with increasing success.

Further plans

The Department plans to extend the binless office concept to its other buildings progressively over the next twelve months.

d) Purchasing program

Changes made and savings achieved

Just over twelve months ago, senior management took the decision that all purchasing/contractual arrangements undertaken on the behalf of the Department were to take account of the environmental impact (including energy efficiency) those purchases may have on all aspects on the Department's operations. This decision was reflected in the paper stock purchased for both general use and specialised printing use - the Department now purchases only environmentally friendly and recycled paper stock.

A number of other initiatives have also been put in place, where the first preference is now given to the purchase of office equipment using remanufactured/reusable parts. For example, over the last six months the Department has purchased photocopiers which are made using remanufactured parts (carrying full warranty) and providing an immediate saving of around $1500 per unit.

Other initiatives include:

Participation

Whilst there were some initial objections to using some of the remanufactured products, the reliability of these products is now proven and continue to be used with increasing success. Once again though it took significant effort on behalf of the Energy and Environment Workgroup and required senior management support to make this initiative work.

Further plans

The Department plans to extend the use of remanufactured and/or recycled products as they become available and intends to address these issues in its Energy and Environment Plan. It will continue to promote the use of environmentally sound products by all staff through regular comments in the staff bulletin and awareness campaigns.

Contact:

Director, Services
Department of Transport and Regional Development
GPO Box 594
CANBERRA ACT 2601

Useful Information

The following sources of information are provided to assist agencies in developing and implementing environmental and energy efficiency initiatives. Contact details are provided for each source. As well as the sources listed here, information and ideas from staff can be a valuable source of practical information and ideas.


Department of Administrative Services

Resource Guide Logo Environment Friendly Users Guide: How to make the right environmental decisions and take the right environmental action.

This guide aims to encourage environmentally sound work practices and environmentally responsible decision making. The guide is broken down into four parts and provides practical tips on:

Resource Guide Logo Creating an Eco Office

This publication provides step by step guidance to implementing an environmentally responsible workplace. It includes information about government environmental policies, practical implementation initiatives, and support and contact details.

Resource Guide Logo The Better Buying: Better World Strategy

An outline of the Commonwealth Government's environmental purchasing policy, the Strategy identifies the environmental pressures relevant to government purchasing activities and some of the actions which can be taken to acknowledge and respond to those demands. The Strategy supports DAS' role in ensuring the implementation of government policy objectives in the area of purchasing and procurement, and provides guidance to agencies across the public sector and to potential suppliers.

Resource Guide Logo The Control of Termites in Commonwealth Construction Projects

This publication seeks to make building designers, contractors and managers aware of the government's requirements concerning the minimisation of termite infestation risk in new buildings, particularly the preference for preventative construction techniques rather than chemical treatment. The strategies can be adopted to any size building project.

Resource Guide Logo DAS Energy Plan

Although primarily targeted to the DAS environment, the Plan includes reference to a number of government initiatives and obligations, and provides concrete suggestions for the reduction of energy consumption which can be adapted to a variety of operating environments.

Resource Guide Logo DAS Environment Policy and Environmental Management Plan

This plan provides a DAS-based approach to the environmental obligations incumbent upon all government agencies. It provides an overview of national and international initiatives and the suggested strategy and action plans can be adapted to a variety of operating environments.

Further information on the publications listed above can be obtained from:

Policy and Planning Section
Department of Administrative Services
5 East, 111 Alinga Street
CIVIC ACT 2601
(06) 275 3699
(06) 275 3645

Resource Guide Logo Decommissioning Halon Fire Extinguisher

This pamphlet outlines the reasons for and means by which yellow halon fire extinguishers are required to be surrendered for disposal.


Department of Administrative Services, Centre for Environment Management (DASCEM)
DASCEM Halon Bank
GPO Box 250B
Melbourne Vic 3001
008 658 084 or (03) 9649 4760
(03) 9649 4895


Resource Guide Logo Other publications held by DAS

In addition to copies of the publications produced under the Department's auspices, the DAS Environment Policy Section holds a number of environmental publications produced by other APS agencies and as a result of consultancies or enquiries.

For further information contact:

Policy and Planning Section
Department of Administrative Services
5 East, 111 Alinga Street
CIVIC ACT 2601 (06) 275 3699 (06) 275 3645



Department of Environment, Sport and Territories (DEST)

Resource Guide Logo National Waste Minimisation and Recycling Strategy

A national strategy to:

The strategy makes a strong commitment for the Commonwealth Government to lead by example. 'In leading by example the Government can have a significant impact on the market for environmentally responsible products by increasing the demand for resource efficient and recycled materials'.

Resource Guide Logo National Greenhouse Response Strategy 1992

A national strategy to:

Specific strategies and measures already underway include energy supply, energy use (household, industrial and commercial), transport, and urban and transport planning.

A progress report on implementation of the strategy was released in December 1995 by the Intergovernmental Committee on Ecologically Sustainable Development. A major review of the NGRS will be conducted later this year.

Resource Guide Logo Greenhouse 21C Statement 1995

A plan of action for a sustainable future, Greenhouse 21C advances and expands the National Greenhouse Response Strategy.

For further information on all of these contact:

Community Information Unit
Department of Environment, Sport and Territories
Freecall 1 800 803 772

Resource Guide Logo EnviroNET Australia

DEST's Internet Network http://www.environet.deh.gov.au has access to the Environment Technology Reference Sites Database.

This database provides detailed performance data on 'best practice' environmental technologies operating in Australia.


Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union/Federal

Environment Protection Agency

Resource Guide Logo Working for the Environment: A Guide to Identifying and Initiating Environmental Improvements

This manual provides a step by step approach to identifying environmental issues and initiating environmental improvements in the workplace. Whilst designed to be used by workplace representatives primarily in the engineering and manufacturing industries many of these ideas can be applied in other workplaces. Experience indicates that the value of the guide is greatly increased when its readers are instructed in its contents and how the contents may be applied in the workplace.

The publication contains a list of possible sources of information and assistance. For more information on the manual contact:

AMWU EPA
3rd Floor 40 Blackall St
440 Elizabeth Street Barton ACT 2600
Melbourne VIC 3002 (06) 274 1999
(03) 9230 5888
(06) 9230 5887


Department of Primary Industries and Energy (DOPIE)

Resource Guide Logo Energy Management Video Series

A series of ten videos which detail how efficient energy management (reduced energy consumption in commercial buildings) can improve productivity. The videos have been designed for both individual use and program training within larger organisations.

For more information contact:

Film Australia Limited
FREEPOST 25
PO Box 46
Lindfield NSW 2070
(02) 9413 8777
(02) 9416 9401

Resource Guide Logo Fuel Consumption Guide

This booklet sets out comparative fuel consumption figures for new cars, 4-wheel drives and light commercials currently on the market.

Resource Guide Logo Australian Energy News

This publication covers a wide range of energy management issues and promotes the exchange of ideas and technical knowledge.

Resource Guide Logo Industry Advisory Booklets

These booklets provide information on a range of energy management issues and practices from developing an energy management program through financial evaluation, lighting management, saving energy in commercial buildings and the role of energy management in industrial energy use and in transport.

Resource Guide Logo Centre for the Analysis and Dissemination of

Demonstrated Technologies (CADDET)

The aim of CADDET is broaden and improve the international exchange of information on demonstrated energy efficient and renewable energy technologies to promote more efficient use of energy worldwide. CADDET provides Australian industry and business with a direct line to the best of overseas energy technology practices.

Resource Guide Logo Australian Renewable Energy Industry (AREI)

The AREI guide has been produced to raise awareness of Australia's commercial capabilities in the renewable energy field.

Resource Guide Logo Energy Technology Discussion Papers

A series of discussion papers have been produced which examine the prospects of using a range of new energy technologies as a means of addressing environmental problems arising from the production and use of energy.

For more information on any of these papers or programs contact:

Information Officer
Energy Division
Department of Primary Industries and Energy
GPO Box 858
CANBERRA ACT 2601 (06) 273 1232