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.
FWBC implements best practice in environmental management and ecological sustainability to ensure the most efficient use of energy resources that is practical.
Energy-efficient lighting systems are installed in all new FWBC offices. When globes malfunction, they are replaced with low energy lights. Stand-alone office suites are fitted with light switches that are independent of the automated lighting so power can be switched off when the office is not in use.
FWBC purchases equipment with low energy use and power-saving modes. Copying and printing equipment have duplex and print-on-demand capabilities, and all print toner cartridges are recycled. The number of printers has been reduced and replaced with multi-function devices resulting in energy efficiencies.
FWBC offices participate in paper and plastic recycling programs and FWBC uses office paper with 100 per cent recycled content. When placing stationery orders, environmentally-friendly options are purchased in preference to less environmentally-friendly options.
As part of FWBC’s ongoing commitment to meeting Australian Government IT energy targets and reducing FWBC energy consumption, FWBC has installed the Greentrac desktop power management system for the purpose of reporting on PC fleet energy consumption. In addition to energy reporting, Greentrac provides individual FWBC staff with individual feedback and encouragement to reduce energy consumption through ‘sleeping’ PCs during periods of non-use.
FWBC procures vehicles in accordance with the environmental efficiency requirements of Australian Government policies. All pool vehicles are four-cylinder models. Bike parking is available in the Victorian and West Australian offices.