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  • EPA’s environmental performance As a leading environmental regulator, EPA strives to improve the environmental performance of its own operations and activities as we believe that ‘Environmental outcomes start with us’. Through our environmental policy we commit to continually improving the environmental management and performance of our office, laboratory and field-based operations. The scope of EPA’s operations includes our 6-star head office at 200 Victoria St, Carlton, the Centre for Applied Sciences at M... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/about-us/environmental-performance Last updated on 29 Aug 2017
  • Procurement Achievements Procurement (buying goods or services) at EPA presents many opportunities to purchase more responsibly. When it comes to purchasing, EPA prioritises products that have the lowest environmental impact over their life cycle. For example, when selecting office paper EPA looks at the amount of post-consumer recycled content, the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the paper manufacturing and transport, and the environmental performance of the paper mills that make the paper. EPA ... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/about-us/environmental-performance/procurement Last updated on 22 Jan 2016
  • EPA’s sustainable head office 200 Victoria Street is the redevelopment of a pre-loved building into one of Melbourne’s most sustainable commercial office buildings. It is the head office of EPA Victoria and delivers on EPA’s vision of ‘a healthy environment that supports a liveable and prosperous Victoria’. Sustainability permeates every aspect of 200 Victoria Street and EPA's fit-out – including integrating a tri-generation plant to power the building, hollowing out the light-filled atri... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/about-us/environmental-performance/epas-sustainable-head-office Last updated on 6 Mar 2014
  • Water use Achievements Since 2006, many measures have been taken across EPA sites to reduce water use including: cooling tower operation changes installation of water-efficient taps, toilets and showers installation of 5-star water efficient dishwashers at our Carlton head office highest-rated water-efficient appliances and fittings behaviour change to reduce staff shower times and individual dishwashing rainwater harvesting at our Dandenong site water audits inv... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/about-us/environmental-performance/water-use Last updated on 22 Jan 2016
  • Transport use Achievements EPA tackles sustainable transport in many ways, ranging from how we manage and use our vehicle fleet to sustainable staff commuting and end-of-trip facilities at each of our offices. Since 2005-06, EPA has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions associated with fleet vehicles by 55% mainly due to the transition to lower emission vehicles and hybrid vehicles of which make up 19% of EPA's current fleet. In 2012-13, the percentage of EPA staff across all offices regularly using public tra... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/about-us/environmental-performance/transport-use Last updated on 6 Mar 2014
  • Environmental Management Systems Auditing Under the Government EMS program, all departments are required to have their EMS audited annually by an environmental auditor appointed under the Environment Protection Act 1970. The Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability has committed to an annual strategic audit EMS of Victorian Government departments and agencies. For more information on this process and copies of previous audit reports, access the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability Victoria website. Environmen... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/about-us/environmental-performance/environmental-management-systems Last updated on 6 Mar 2014
  • EPA Victoria’s greenhouse gas inventory In 2005, EPA achieved carbon neutrality and developed a step-by-step continuous improvement framework to manage its own greenhouse gas emissions, known as EPA’s Carbon Management Principles. EPA has taken the following steps to manage its own carbon footprint and demonstrate best-practice carbon neutrality: Measure EPA’s carbon footprint using the World Resources Institute/World Business Council for Sustainable Development Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol Corporate Accounting an... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/about-us/environmental-performance/greenhouse-gas-inventory Last updated on 24 Aug 2017
  • Carbon management at EPA Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing society today. EPA believes it can also be one of the greatest opportunities. Managing our greenhouse gas emissions is a way we can mitigate the impacts of our own operations and adjust to the impacts of climate change. In 2005, EPA went carbon neutral and developed a step-by-step continuous improvement framework to manage its own greenhouse gas emissions, known as our Carbon Management Principles. This was at a time when many organi... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/about-us/environmental-performance/carbon-management-at-epa Last updated on 14 Apr 2014
  • EPA's management of waste Achievements How we manage and measure waste is of extreme importance to EPA — whether it is increasing the integrity of the waste data we receive, educating staff on avoiding, reducing and recycling waste, or working with our waste management providers to continually improve their services. Some of the achievements we have made in the last five years include: introducing organics recycling at all offices so that all kitchens have a three-way bin system, including commingled recycling... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/about-us/environmental-performance/epas-management-of-waste Last updated on 6 Mar 2014
  • Energy use Building or stationary energy use is EPA’s biggest environmental impact and accounts for 69%of our overall emissions (based on our 2012-13 greenhouse gas inventory). Since 2005-06 EPA has reduced greenhouse gas emissions associated with stationary energy use by 42%. This is mostly due to the commissioning of a tri-generation plant at our Carlton head office, which largely uses natural gas to generate electricity onsite. Natural gas has much lower emissions intensity than grid electricity a... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/about-us/environmental-performance/energy-use Last updated on 6 Mar 2014

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