Environment

Reducing our impact on the environment
Maintained 4.5 star greenhouse building rating
Significantly reduced paper storage to encourage electronic document production

Reducing our environmental impact

The Audit Office continues to implement its Waste Reduction and Purchasing Plan (WRAPP) which guides us towards meeting environmental targets.

We use 50 per cent recycled content paper in all our photocopiers and printers and recycle 100 per cent of wasted paper using secure disposal processes. We recycle 100 per cent  of our ink and toner cartridges, and continue to recycle cardboard and other recyclable products. All laptop batteries are disposed of in an environmentally-friendly way.

In 2015-16, we remained focused on reducing our environmental footprint by:

  • publishing all of our Auditor-General’s Reports to Parliament in online format only
  • implementing an online document collaboration tool for our Auditor-General’s Reports to Parliament to remove the need for paper-based review
  • continuing to convert hard copy forms to self-service online forms, including four new forms on our intranet
  • introducing improved recycling sorting bins to encourage recycling
  • disposing of 1000 boxes of paper records and ensuring the use of paperbased records is reduced
  • disposing of over 20 paper storage cabinets to discourage the storage of paper in the office
  • identifying ways of reducing the use of fluorescent lightbulbs in our office
  • embedding our electronic mail distribution initiative.
The year ahead

In 2016–17, we will continue our commitment to reducing our environmental impact by:

  • continuing to reduce our paper-based storage to encourage electronic document creation and storage
  • transitioning client correspondence to electronic only, to further reduce printing
  • opening up fire stair access between our office floors to reduce lift usage.

 

Environmental initiatives

Greenhouse performance maintained

The Audit Office achieved a greenhouse building rating of four and a half stars, in line with government targets, by:

 
buying 40 per cent green electricity
using timers on lights and equipment
buying energy efficient equipment
running small, fuel efficient vehicles in our fleet