The Department of Industry is showing great commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, and reducing and improving management of waste.
Offices at the MLC building in Sydney have now gained a 4-star NABERS rating after refurbishments were done during the year. Lighting controls were installed on all 3 floors (levels 43, 48 and 49) to allow lights to be switched off when enough natural light is available, reducing consumption levels across the tenancy. Upgrade fit-outs required all lights that are next to external windows to be on a separate switch to encourage use of natural light.
Open plan agile working environments also brought more open flow work stations and further reduced the need for artificial light.
Due to Machinery of Government (MOG) changes in 2016, Department of Industry vacated levels 5 and 11 at 323 Castlereagh St, Sydney, moved to levels 6, 9 and 16 and kept level 7. For most of the year, we managed 3393m2 of space, which will rise significantly in 2017–18.
The Managed Print Service that was rolled out during the year produced savings of $51,670 which equates to 10,334 reams of paper saved on printing and paper use.
We are working on regional and metropolitan office accommodation strategies to deliver new 5 star NABERS ratings and 4.5-star water rated buildings by 2021.
Since 2015 the Department of Industry has decommissioned 90% of data centres across their main sites. This will bring significant savings, which we can use to buy more standardised, energy efficient equipment and decommission the large data centres.