The NSW Government is committed to making New South Wales a sustainable, liveable and resilient state. To reach this goal, the government seeks to lead by example by reducing its environmental impact through improved resource efficiency.
The Government Resource Efficiency Policy (GREP) provides the framework for our plan to achieve greater resource efficiency, generate cost savings and support environmental protection.
In FY20-21, 100% of general government sector agencies mandated to report by the policy have done so. Agency reports can be viewed on the Centralised Analysis System for Performance of Energy and Resources. Data can also be viewed at the cluster level.
Financial Year 20-21 highlights
In FY20-21, NSW Government energy consumption decreased for a fourth year in a row. Government agencies reported 2,090 GWh of annual energy consumption in FY20-21, a 3% decrease from FY19-20. The decrease in consumption generated $9.2 million cost savings for government agencies. Most energy use is electricity at 75%, followed by natural gas at 22% and LPG with 3%. Although the energy use is similar to the baseline FY12-13, the scope of government operations has expanded over this period.
From FY13 to FY21, the cumulative savings from 1,255 efficiency projects is estimated at $115 million (cost efficiencies) and 661 million kWh (consumption efficiencies), approximately equal to the yearly consumption of 120,000 NSW homes1.
In FY20-21 NSW Government Agencies reported 111 new energy efficiency projects. Energy efficiency projects include a wide range of measures, from improved heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems through to lighting upgrades and solar photovoltaic (PV) installations. These energy efficiency projects will save an estimated $3.7 million (cost efficiencies) and 15.4 million kWh/year (consumption efficiencies).
Reducing the government’s energy use through energy efficiency and solar projects will generate significant benefits, including:
- decreasing the demand for energy
- promoting clean and renewable energy
- increasing the demand for low energy-use appliances
- encouraging energy efficiency design principles to be incorporated in development of new buildings.
In FY20-21 water consumption increased by 300 megalitres (3%) compared to FY19-20. Water expenditure also increased by 13% compared to FY19-20. While water use and expenditure increased since the previous financial year there is still a trend towards decreased water consumption. Water use decreased by 2% and expenditure decreased by 5% since the baseline year of FY13-14. Although water use and expenditure are similar to FY13-14, the scope of government operations has expanded over this period.
In FY20-21, 52 agencies reported $57 million of waste disposal expenditure. The top three waste streams are general waste, clinical and pharmacy waste and comingled recyclables.
An improved model of waste reporting is being implemented via the newly implemented Whole of Government Waste Contract (c9698). The FY20-21 reporting period partially captured waste management improvements and we look forward to reporting a full year of data for FY21–22.