Australian Government agencies are required to report on their performance regarding the environment and ecologically sustainable development in line with s.516A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

The ABCC implemented best practice in environmental management and ecological sustainability to ensure the most efficient use of energy resources that was practical.

Energy-efficient lighting systems were installed in all new ABCC offices. When globes malfunctioned, they were replaced with low energy lights. Stand-alone office suites were fitted with light switches that were independent of the automated lighting so power could be switched off when the office was not in use.

The ABCC purchased equipment with low energy use and power-saving modes. Copying and printing equipment had duplex and print-on-demand capabilities, and all print toner cartridges were recycled. The number of printers were reduced and replaced with multi-function devices resulting in energy efficiencies.

ABCC offices participated in paper and plastic recycling programs and the ABCC used office paper with 100 per cent recycled content. When placing stationery orders, environmentally-friendly options were purchased in preference to less environmentally-friendly options.

As part of the ABCC’s ongoing commitment to meeting Australian Government IT energy targets and reducing ABCC energy consumption, the ABCC installed the Greentrac desktop power management system for the purpose of reporting on PC fleet energy consumption. In addition to energy reporting, Greentrac provided individual ABCC staff with feedback and encouragement to reduce energy consumption through ‘sleeping’ PCs during periods of non-use.

The ABCC procured vehicles in accordance with the environmental efficiency requirements of Australian Government policies. All pool vehicles were four-cylinder models. Bike parking was available in the Victorian and West Australian offices.

For the fifth year running, the ABCC participated in Earth Hour – a campaign to create awareness of global warming, encouraging people to adopt better energy conservation habits. The ABCC joined millions of Australians in turning off their lights and appliances on the evening of Saturday 31 March 2012.