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 report its progress against the Government Resource Efficiency Policy (GREP) which guides us towards meeting environmental targets.

This year we have introduced 100 per cent recycled 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 2016–17, we remained focused on reducing our environmental footprint by:

  • publishing our Auditor-General’s Reports to Parliament in online format only
  • continuing to convert hard copy forms to self-service online forms, including eight new onboarding forms.
  • disposing of 833 boxes, equating to 3,600 files of expired paper records, reducing our storage footprint
  • disposing of 12 paper storage cabinets to encourage electronic document creation and storage.

 

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.

 

The year ahead

In 2017–18, we will continue our commitment to reducing our environmental impact by:

  • piloting automated lighting in meeting rooms to reduce power usage
  • piloting video-conferencing equipment to reduce travel
  • moving our on-premise data centre infrastructure into the cloud
  • as part of our ‘Working Better Working Together’ initiative, investigating environmentally friendly office space as part of our end-of-lease facilities strategy.

 

Environmental initiatives 2016–17

 

Published our Auditor-General’s Reports to Parliament in online format only

 

Disposed of over 3,600 time-expired paper record files

 

Converted 8 hard copy forms to self-service online forms

 

Disposed of 12 paper storage cabinets to encourage electronic document creation and storage