Environmental Sustainability Policy

The Australian Government has a range of environmental policies to minimise the impact of government operations on the environment.

There are also agency measures and targets for carbon emissions, energy, waste and resource use, as well as set mandatory environmental standards for incorporating sustainability into government procurements.

We support these commitments to reduce our impact on the environment and to adopt practices that use resources sustainably. These objectives are outlined in our comprehensive Environmental Sustainability Policy, which also includes accountabilities and actions to drive performance.

The environmental management issues covered in the policy include:

  • energy use
  • greenhouse gas emissions and ozone depleting substances
  • suppliers, products and materials use
  • office waste, building waste, and resource recovery
  • potable water use and waste water

The policy also contains a signed statement from the Secretary, Ms Kathryn Campbell CSC. This statement is a high level commitment to stakeholders that we:

  • comply with our legal obligations
  • strive to minimise pollution, and
  • apply a systematic environmental management approach that is consistent with the international standard ISO 14001

Download the Environmental Sustainability Policy

Page last updated: 5 February 2016

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