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  1. 1. 3 Our little book of ideas
  2. 2. 5 Annual Report 2006/07 brought climate change into sharp focus on a global scale, and shaped the way we work. We’re now in the business of cutting carbon. August 2006 March 2007 October 2006 The USA experienced a The Netherlands 2006 Victoria experienced record bushfire season, recorded its warmest China experienced its warmest October with more than 3.8 million winter in 300 years. its warmest year on record for maximum hectares burned. since 1951. August 2006 temperatures. Victoria experienced its fifth-driest August on 2006/07 record, and the driest 69 days of bushfire burnt since 1982. over 1 million hectares of July 2006 land in eastern Victoria. The United Kingdom recorded its warmest May 2007 ever month on record. Melbourne experienced June 2007 its driest 365-day period 10 days of constant rain May 2007 on record. caused heavy flooding in Texas which had been A severe heat wave in December 2006 in drought since 2005. Eastern India recorded Areas of Victoria experienced temperatures of 46ºC. a white Christmas, with below-zero temperatures in alpine regions. June 2007 Gabo Island, Mallacoota May 2007 and Point Hicks recorded Icy weather of snow, hail their highest June total and heavy rain that swept rainfall since 1978. across South Africa set 54 weather records. Sources: World Meteorological Organisation www.wmo.ch Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology www.bom.gov.au
  3. 3. 7 Everything we do is to limit carbon emissions, or foster thinking that shows promise for a low carbon, ResourceSmart future. We use energy efficient appliances Our office switched to GreenPower We increased our recycling We turn off all our appliances at the wall I installed a grey water system We have a compost bin I ride my bike to work We use less energy Our house has a five star rating We installed solar hot water Our warehouse is ResourceSmart Our office is carbon neutral We installed solar panels
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  5. 5. 11 And it has set us down the road to deliver 10 million tonnes of greenhouse gas abatement by 2010. We’ve had to think
  6. 6. 13 01 Chair and Chief Executive Report pg 12 02 Big CO2 Savers pg 14 03 Education and information pg 18 04 Collaboration with industry pg 24 05 Innovation and leadership pg 28 06 Towards Zero Waste pg 30 07 Research, reporting and policy pg 34 08 Leading thinking pg 38 09 Community investment pg 40 10 Leading by example pg 44 11 Looking ahead pg 46 12 Things we said we’d do and we didn’t pg 50 Appendix one: Our performance snapshot pg 52 Environmental Sustainability Action Statement Index pg 56 Copies of this Annual Report are available electronically on the Sustainability Victoria website, sustainability.vic.gov.au © Copyright State of Victoria 2007 Limited hard copies of this report This publication is copyright. No part may are available from: Sustainability Victoria be reproduced by any process except Urban Workshop Level 28, 50 Lonsdale in accordance with the provisions of the Street Melbourne Victoria 3000 Copyright Act 1968. E-mail: info@sustainability.vic.gov.au Authorised by Sustainability Victoria Telephone: 1300 363 744 Urban Workshop ABN: 62 019 854 067 Level 28, 50 Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000 Publication by Sustainability Victoria Designed by Cornwell Design. Urban Workshop Photography by Ben Thomas and Lynton Crabb. Level 28, 50 Lonsdale Street Copywriting by Cormell Communications. Melbourne Victoria 3000 Printed by Rothfield Print Management. October 2007 Printed on ecoStar, 100% recycled paper.
  7. 7. 15 Chair and Chief Executive Report As the ground swell of public opinion on climate change rapidly moved in favour of environmental sustainability during 2006/07, our agency’s work found a foothold in Victorians’ daily lives. Widespread acceptance of the need We achieved a strong financial outcome to act to reduce human impact on the this year with a net surplus of $1.9m at planet thrust our core business into 30 June 2007, after investing $38.6 million the mainstream. And together with in sustainable outcomes from revenue of others, we played a pivotal role in $40.5 million. Looking ahead, we have raising the profile, and taking major already committed $15.5 million in new steps toward securing a sustainable projects with our partners. future for Victorians. This year’s annual report captures a year With industry, schools, community groups of great change. It is an open account of and everyday Victorians, we made an our own successes, the successes of impact. Our shared efforts helped reduce others, and the challenges of our fast greenhouse gas emissions by more than emerging sector. Book one explains our one million tonnes. And we are now activities, and how we worked with others working to cut 10 million tonnes of to deliver solutions. In Book two, we share greenhouse pollution by 2010. our core reporting data, to show in an open In 2006/07 our efforts with our key way how we measured up to the targets we partners made major inroads to meeting set ourselves at the beginning of the year. our long term objectives. Victorians Thank you to our Board, management increased their uptake of GreenPower and all Sustainability Victoria staff for by 98%. We landed Victoria on the world a year that can only be described as stage, as An Inconvenient Truth filmmaker one of action. It sets a strong foundation Al Gore took Victoria’s energy saving black for our longer term challenges to deliver balloons campaign back to the US as the 10 million tonnes of greenhouse gas first advertising campaign of the Alliance abatement by 2010, and the targets for Climate Protection. Event holders heard of Towards Zero Waste by 2014. our Waste Wise messages, and increased participation by 80%. In our own operations we ensured 95% of waste was diverted See Appendix one for a complete from landfill, as we consolidated our summary of our performance this year. three offices into one. And our support of Victoria’s green innovators led to national and international recognition of the highest kind, including a UN World Environment Day Award for a Sustainability Fund recipient. Bob Welsh Geoff Mabbett Chairman Chief Executive Left to right: Geoff Mabbett and Bob Welsh.
  8. 8. 17 Big CO2 Savers As uptake grew more than 62% in the last year, GreenPower sales helped to cut Victoria’s emissions by about 420,000 tonnes – the same as turning off power to 24,000 homes for a year. Sales reached 314GWh Working with our key partners, we promoted the national GreenPower program to Victorian homes and businesses in an effort to increase sales from 196GWh the previous year. By end of June 2007, sales had reached 314GWh. 228,389 residential 228,389 residential customers converted customers converted to an average of 12% GreenPower, contributing a 208,000 tonne reduction in emissions. And 7,363 commercial customers also heard the call to switch to GreenPower – reducing the state’s emissions by 212,000 tonnes. Developing a clearly identifiable GreenPower logo and new website helped build customer awareness. And working closely with electricity retailers, we facilitated greater promotion of GreenPower to customers. New retailers were especially responsive to the call to action. Total saving = 420,000 tonnes less CO2 GreenPower is electricity generated from Key partners: clean, renewable energy sources, such Energy retailers; Department of Territory as solar, wind, biomass and hydro power. and Municipal Services ACT; Department When you buy a GreenPower product of Water and Energy NSW; Department from your electricity supplier, renewable of Mines and Energy QLD; Department energy is purchased on your behalf. of Transport, Energy & Infrastructure SA; By agreeing to pay a small additional Sustainable Energy Development charge on your electricity bill, you are Office WA. replacing conventional electricity with clean, renewable energy.
  9. 9. Big CO2 Savers 19 Big ideas helped make big CO2 savings We’ve taken the first steps toward Making new Victorian homes 20% Change industry behaviour to make Support commercial and industrial carbon accounting. We’re in new more efficient with 5 Star standards Victorian businesses ResourceSmart sectors to reduce waste and bring territory, and we’re learning constantly. About 38,000 new homes built in Victoria We launched ResourceSmart Business down emissions We continue to challenge our thinking during 2006/07 are at least 20% more in July 2006 to support the commercial As part of our overarching Towards Zero and refine our processes to find the best resource efficient due to efforts with our transition to a low carbon economy. Waste objectives we invested $1.5 million ways to accurately measure human key partners to develop 5 Star housing Program funds are directed at businesses into Commercial and Industrial Resource impact. We’ve worked hard with others, standards, and upgrade house energy using innovative practices to build Recovery across 12 completed projects to make a good start in reducing rating software FirstRate5. Compliance competitive, viable, sustainable enterprises. in 2006/07. The result was 162,000 tonnes Victoria’s growing carbon debt. with the 5 Star standard requires a 5 Star In our first year, we helped sign Australia’s of waste diverted from landfill and an energy rating for the building fabric plus first Sustainability Covenant with the emissions reduction equivalent of 57,000 Increase energy efficiency of electrical water savings measures, and the nation’s largest glass manufacturer – tonnes. Project highlights included: Graham appliances and equipment installation of either a rain water tank Pilkington Australia. It followed the Campbell Ferrum, which diverted 85% or a solar hot water service. The result announcement of a $130 million joint of sand waste from used moulds with new We’ve continued work with key partners is a carbon saving of more than 136,000 investment with the Victorian Government technology using a $197,590 grant; KR through the national Equipment Energy tonnes this year, and 422,000 tonnes since in its Dandenong plant to improve resource Castlemaine, which increased resource Efficiency (3E) program to set higher 5 Star was introduced in 2004. We also use and reduce emissions. Pilkington will recovery from 20% to 83% with a $108,308 efficiency benchmarks for key household worked to redevelop FirstRate to match produce a high efficiency glass that helps grant; Sims Tyres, which increased waste appliances and business equipment. national benchmark software AccuRate, reduce household energy consumption, recovery by 3,000 tonnes with a $150,000 In 2006/07 we continued to expand the and improve its functionality including the and its standard product lines will be more grant; and Chemsal, which now diverts number of products subject to energy ability to zone a house according to room cost competitive and resource efficient. about 200 tonnes of paint and 500 tonnes efficiency regulation. Major outcomes use. The result, FirstRate5, is available from Other major projects supported by of metal packaging annually after receiving for the year included standby power August 2007. ResourceSmart Business in 2006/07 a $200,000 grant. A new round of grant consumption ratings added to the included South East Water and Bluescope applications were also processed with energy ratings of washing machines Steel water recycling project; AGL $5.8 million granted to 29 projects due and dishwashers and continued work Key partners: and Symex cogeneration power plant; to start in 2007/08 with an investment to introduce regulation for set top boxes, Department of Sustainability and Gippsland Water Factory renewable leverage of 5:1. home entertainment equipment, gas Environment VIC; Building Commission. energy project; and Frigrite high efficiency water heaters and external power supplies. refrigeration cabinet development A post-implementation evaluation of (see pg 29). Key partners: fridge standards and labelling was also Total Saving = 422,000 tonnes less CO2 Regional Waste Management Groups; conducted and confirmed that expected waste management and recycling energy and carbon savings were achieved Key partners: industry; various commercial and and that regulation has not impacted EPA Victoria; Australian Industry Group; industrial businesses. product pricing or consumer choice. various Victorian businesses. Total Saving = 57,000 tonnes less CO2 Key partners: Total Saving = 71,000 tonnes less CO2 Australian Greenhouse Office and the 3E Committee; Energy Safe Victoria; Department of Sustainability and Environment VIC; Department of Primary Industries VIC; equipment manufacturers and suppliers. Total Saving = 813,000 tonnes less CO2
  10. 10. 21 Education and information “I can’t thank the Victorian Government enough for allowing the Alliance for Climate Protection to use your Black Balloons TV commercials. From the first time I saw the films I have been very impressed by their potential to have a significant impact on the way people think about their role in the climate crisis. We plan to show the commercials as part of Live Earth series concerts taking place around the world on July 7 and over the following months on national television in the United States.” – An Inconvenient Truth filmmaker Al Gore Together with our key partners We led the development of the we created the black balloons Black Balloons creative device, energy saving campaign. along with a new energy saving In June 2006 the ads hit Victorian website (www.saveenergy.vic.gov.au) TV screens. By May 2007, 73% and information kits for use by local of Victorians who had seen the ads governments and intermediaries. Our key believed the Black Balloons campaign partner, the Department of Sustainability had been effective in motivating and Environment, ran the TV ad and print them to use less energy. media campaign, and conducted research into its effectiveness. A working group Our target in 2006/07 was to increase including our key partners began phase awareness about the links between two of the campaign – which will educate household activity and greenhouse gas Victorians how to change behaviours emissions. It formed part of a five year push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. under the Victorian Greenhouse Strategy Action Plan 2005 to reduce household emissions by 10% by 2010. Key partners: Department of Sustainability and Environment VIC; Department of Primary Industries VIC.
  11. 11. Education and information 23 We worked with a big number of industry leaders to help us inform Victorians and raise the profile of our innovators Educating and informing Victorians Developing a governance model Talking to Victorians about butts to Using leading expertise to set clear is central to driving change in to facilitate education for sustainability help reduce 56% of our litter problem benchmarks and grow our renewable behaviour. With key partners, we’re in all Victorian schools With cigarette butts making up 56% energy sector applying best-of-industry knowledge Our aim with key partners was to shape Victoria’s litter stream, we made As part of our Small Energy Systems across each sector. And we’re bringing a strong sustainability education pre-emptive moves to reduce possible portfolio, we gathered leading international together leading experts to drive framework to facilitate widespread uptake volume increases in the lead up to pubs and local expertise to grow our renewable communications that impact how of sustainability education in more Victorian and clubs no longer permitting indoor energy sector. In 2006/07 major Victorians use our resources. schools. Our key target in 2006/07 for smoking from July 2007. Our Don’t be a achievements included: The Australian the Sustainable Schools program was Tosser: Bin Your Butts campaign targeted and New Zealand solar water heater Giving free public forums to educate to facilitate agreement about the preferred TV news, radio and newspaper outlets. standards committee finalising standards industry about improved commercial model of future programs. Extensive We worked with local governments and which could lead to widespread use of new building performance consultation and analysis was undertaken licensed venues to inform smokers about technology and efficiencies in industrial with key partners this year to develop litter prevention. And we provided 8,500 process heating; Solar cooling seminars International and local industry experts and assess a range of alternative models. information kits and grants to install butt led by international expert Dr Hans-Martin were gathered for a series of eight free bins at 60 venues. A full impact evaluation Henning, and attended by Australian public talks. The Melbourne Forum talks will be completed by September 2007, researchers; Pilot trials to examine the targeted the sustainable performance Key partners: but early data shows increasing potential of leading technologies to reduce of new and existing commercial buildings, Department of Education VIC, involvement from councils and venues. the peak load on electricity supply with topics including: Sustainability in the Department of Environment and networks and; An agreed industry standard Retail Sector; Financial Sustainability Sustainability VIC; EPA Victoria; Victorian with the Business Council for Sustainable in Commercial Buildings; Sustainability Association For Environmental Education; Key partners: Energy on the rating procedure for in Existing Stock; Sustainable Buildings metropolitan water retailers represented Victorian Litter Alliance; Local solar water heaters for Australia and in the Global Market; Sustainable Tenants by Melbourne Water and City West Water. governments; Regional Waste New Zealand. – Green Leasing; World SB08 launch; Management Groups; EPA Victoria; Future Proof or Water Proof? H2O, Municipal Association of Victoria; Tomorrow’s Gold. Butt Littering Trust; Australian Hotels Key partners: Association; Clubs Victoria; Restaurant Business Council for Sustainable Energy; and Catering Association; Department Alternative Technology Association; Key partners: of Human Services VIC; Department of Powercor; Standards Australia. City of Melbourne; Building Commission; Environment and Climate Change NSW; Australian Institute of Refrigeration Toyota Australia. Air Conditioning and Heating; Green Building Council of Australia.
  12. 12. Education and information 25 Gathering international experts and Raising the profile of environmental Community local industry leaders to advance efforts through the Premier’s The Centre for Education and Research Victoria’s green sector Sustainability Awards in Environmental Strategies (CERES) With ‘leading thinking’ established as one The profile and calibre of the Premier’s generates $4 million annually and reinjects of our core values, we set out to gather Sustainability Awards was raised it into community environmental initiatives, best-of-industry knowledge and host key significantly this year as our agency such as water saving projects and organic interactions with world leading thinkers in took over the role of host on behalf farming. Based in Brunswick East, it aims 2006/07. We utilised expertise to grow our of the Victorian Premier. to raises environmental awareness through own knowledge and hosted forums to This years winners were: displays and demonstrations. As a key inform industry. network for conservation and ecology Small business groups, it also hosts education programs Sustainable Living Fabrics grew profits for about 60,000 students annually. Key speakers while cutting water use by 62% and Big business greenhouse gas emissions by 42% producing high quality, low impact Two large businesses were recognised Leading US green building expert Jerry Yudelson for outstanding environmental leadership, wool-blend textiles for Australian and World leading social economist Nic Frances international markets. although no formal award was made for this category. Origin Energy was US green manufacturing expert Gary Langenwalter Public sector recognised as one of Australia’s leading German solar energy systems expert Dr Hans Martin-Henning Kangan Batman TAFE’s new Automotive providers of energy, with substantial Centre of Excellence is Australia’s first investment in exploration and production, Clean technology and resource management expert Prof Allan Ake Johansson educational facility to receive a 5 Star gas fired power generation, retail and Sustainable city development expert Prof Peter Newman Green rating from the Green Building trading, and distribution networks. Canadian-based social marketing pioneer Doug McKenzie Mohr Council of Australia (more pg 29). It was Sustainable development has been integral acknowledged for excellence in sustainable to Origin’s business strategy, and its UK Business Council CEO David Green achievements include; 140,000 green design, and for systems that limited London-based energy policy expert Dr Gill Owen greenhouse emissions and water power customers and zero greenhouse gas consumption. It was also the first Victorian emissions from its Australian offices, shops Internationally renowned sustainability researcher Prof Jorgen Randers and LPG terminals since 2004. Sensis was TAFE to sign a Sustainability Covenant World leading geothermal energy expert Prof Jefferson Tester with EPA Victoria – which has set a recognised for its environmental and social benchmark for other vocational institutes. commitments from the office through to IBM Corporation environmental affairs director Edan Dionne partnerships such as the Sustainability European environmental economist Wim Hafkamp Product or service Covenant. Sensis’ Directory Recycling UK-based sustainable city development expert Peter Head Frigrite Refrigeration has designed and program resulted in 77 per cent of Yellow manufactured Australia’s first high efficiency and White Pages directories being recycled UN award winning environmental activist and author George Monbiot supermarket refrigeration, which cuts up to with an additional 18 per cent being reused 84% of damaging HFC emissions, and up in the home or office in 2006. to 35% of greenhouse emissions compared to standard refrigeration (more page 29). And it offers significant energy savings of about 12%.
  13. 13. 27 Collaboration with industry Working with key partners NECA we helped create Eco Smart Electricians – Australia’s first sustainable training and accreditation system for electricians. Following a pilot, the course is now ready for roll out across Victoria. The course forms part of our broader In 2006/07 our target was to obtain program Training for Tradies, which industry expertise on relevant course aims to equip tradespeople with content, develop draft resource programs, knowledge to inform householders and structure pilot courses. Successful about ways to improve energy, water partnerships will lead to the roll out of and waste use. the first courses at TAFE facilities across Melbourne and regional Victoria in 2007/08. A minimum of 240 licensed electricians are expected to receive training in domestic, commercial and industrial sectors, in units including: energy management; lighting, pumps, fans and motors; and heating and cooling. As part of the National Framework for Energy Efficiency, consultation was also undertaken with key industry partners in trades sectors including heating, ventilation and air conditioning; engineering; and facility management. Key partners: National Electrical Contractors Association; Holmesglen Institute of TAFE; Swinburne University (National Centre for Sustainability); Australian Building Council for Sustainable Energy; Facility Managers Association of Australia; Australian Council of Refrigeration; Air Conditioning and Heating; Australian Mechanical Contractors Association; Facility Management Training Partners.
  14. 14. Collaboration with industry 29 We started investing in future carbon savings by taking big steps with industry now At the grass roots of industry, we’re membership also exceeded targets to Making it easy for Victorians to choose Turning communities into Smart Energy partnering to effect long reaching reach 77%. We commenced a partnership energy efficient products with clear Zones by combining energy demand change. Our financial backing and with a council to develop a model for information at retail stores and supply solutions advice supports business to test new introducing sustainable purchasing into With lighting, appliances, water heating, In February 2007 we launched the Victorian ground and look for solutions that core business. And a commitment was and temperature control making up to Government’s $4 million Smart Energy deliver economic benefits and long made to establish an ECO-Buy Centre 61% of household greenhouse emissions, Zones program, to integrate small-scale term environmental security. for Excellence in Environmental Purchasing we approached 500 major retailers to community based energy creation with to make it easier for all Victorians to use introduce information about the energy efficiency measures. It follows global their purchasing power to grow the market efficiency of products at the point of sale. trends toward localised power production, Investing in groundbreaking clean for sustainable products. ECO-Buy now technologies for long reaching Leveraging awareness of our Black and is expected to give communities promotes recycled content products; Balloons campaign – our Right Advice the chance to manage their own energy sustainable change in our energy sector products and services that reduce CO2 at the Right Place program secured supply through small networks of We invested $2.35 million into clean energy emissions; and water saving and low agreements with some of Victoria’s sustainable energy technologies such solutions through our Renewable Energy toxicity products and services. biggest appliance retailers. And as co-generation, hydro, wind and solar Support Fund. Five major projects were Key partners: discussions continue with other major power. Our target in 2006/07 was to announced with support of our RESF Municipal Association of Victoria; retailers. Program roll out was set back identify opportunities and scope project scheme – delivering ground breaking Department of Sustainability and to ensure program materials met the viability. We conducted workshops with innovation including Australia’s first solar Environment VIC. highest standards. six groups, and committed to scoping sound barrier and first community-owned projects with Banyule City Council and wind park (more pg 29). The projects are Key partners: Clive Peeters; Origin Energy; AGL; the Victorian Office of Housing. projected to save about 75,000 tonnes Applying new thinking to solar of greenhouse gas per year. Projects technology to power public facilities ELGAS; Beacon Lighting; Bunnings; Key partners: announced in 2006/07 included: Hepburn and community centres Mitre 10; Camberwell Electrics; Harvey Developers; local governments; industries Renewable Energy Association Community Norman; Good Guys. and community-based interest groups. Our Victorian Solar Innovation Initiative Wind Park; South East Water mini-hydro; supports new applications of solar Consolidated Energy and Resource green technology. It led to new technologies Supporting development of waste to energy project; Tullamarine Calder including the award-winning ‘Channel more sustainable cost-efficient Interchange solar sound barrier; and Panel’ installed at Huntly Primary School, commercial buildings Warrnambool Waters Resort geothermal which was featured on ABC’s New heating project. Our Commercial Building Innovation Inventors program. And reports about new Initiative has helped developers apply Key partners: solar solutions were taken to major industry new technologies at major projects Renewable energy developers; water events including the World Renewable across the state, including: Bendigo authorities and community associations. Energy Congress. A total of 37 Bank headquarters, which installed refurbishments applied new solar solutions underfloor air conditioning and other at schools, kindergartens, sporting technologies to save 51% energy and Making it easy for business and facilities, art centres, and community health governments to integrate green 69% water; Metropolitan Fire Brigade centres. And technical data sheets and which saved 52.5% energy and 64% buying programs case studies were published to guide water; and Szencorp headquarters, We fostered the expansion of Victoria’s engineers and architects on how to apply whose refurbishments delivered 40% ECO-Buy program with our key partners. the designs. gas reduction and 83% water savings. We aimed to reach beyond local We also extended funding to help governments to help businesses and shopping centres, health and governments introduce green purchasing educational facilities go green. programs. This year, ECO-Buy signed on six major businesses, and now has 13 Key partners: businesses forming a leadership group Property Council of Australia. for the scheme. Local government
  15. 15. 31 Innovation and leadership The Southern Backed by our Renewable Energy Support Fund, the Hemisphere’s first Tullamarine-Calder Interchange Alliance trialled the use solar sound barrier of solar panels in freeway noise walls. A 500m section of wall with 210 solar panels will offset 5% of the freeway Key partners: lighting’s annual energy demand. TCI Alliance (VicRoads; Baulderstone Hornibrook; Parsons Brinckerhoff). Australia’s first Melbourne-based Frigrite is Australia’s first company CO2 friendly to design and manufacture high efficiency CO2 commercial supermarket refrigeration, with our funding support. Used by Coles refrigeration supermarkets, Cascade Refrigeration units have widespread potential for cutting emissions – with Key partner: supermarket refrigeration currently making up 1% of Frigrite. Australia’s total electricity demand. Australia’s first With 70% of a product’s environmental impact able to be sustainable design resolved at the design stage, we worked with key partners program and to develop Design for Sustainability as a legitimate design national award activity. We helped designers and product developers to achieve better environmental outcomes and sponsored Key partners: the inaugural Award for Excellence in Sustainable Design Standards Australia, at the annual Australian Design Awards, won by Caroma RMIT; Design Institute for their H2Zero waterless urinal. And if that wasn’t enough, of Australia; Product we also hosted the first ever showcase of sustainable Ecology; Charlwood products at the national DesignEx exhibition. Design. Australia’s first We’ve provided financial backing and expertise for community owned Australia’s first community-owned wind park – a renewable renewable wind park energy solution already used in Europe. Two wind turbines located 10km from Daylesford will produce enough power Key partners: for almost all households in the entire Daylesford/Hepburn Hepburn Renewable Springs region. Energy Association; Future Energy. Australia’s first In an Australian first, Kangan Batman TAFE Automotive rainwater roof Centre of Excellence is reducing the building’s energy cooling system demands by up to 71% using energy saving technology including a rainwater cooling system. Spraying recycled Key partner: water onto a metal roof deck at night, the water cools Kangan Batman TAFE. naturally, and is used in combination with an active thermal mass for cooling the building by day. We provided backing for the project via our Commercial Building Innovation Initiative. Victoria’s first Moonee Valley’s 48,000 residents are on track to save kerbside recycling hundreds of tonnes of unwanted clothes, mobile phones, service for toys and household bric-a-brac from landfill every year household items with an innovative kerbside collection of household goods, also believed to be an Australian first. Preloved goods are Key partners: collected from recycling bins the day following normal City of Moonee kerbside service for reuse or recycling. Valley; FM Recycling.
  16. 16. 33 Towards Zero Waste Promoting Waste Wise drove an 80% increase in the number of Victorian events certified under the scheme – far outstripping the 20% growth target set for 2006/07. Uptake by major event organisers also grew beyond target, with 11 – including the Big Day Out – now Waste Wise. We set out to understand the drivers By the end of 2006/07 a total of 207 events and barriers for the Victorian events were certified as Waste Wise, compared industry in delivering greener events. to 115 the previous year. The total included And we provided in-kind support, in 6 gold, 32 silver and 169 bronze events the way of planning advice and bin with an average of 30.7% of waste diverted caps, to help major event organisers from landfill, or about 449 tonnes. Events improve waste outcomes. ranged in size from 200 patrons to more than 220,000 – with the level of certification based on the length of time and amount of activity dedicated to the program, such as recycling, and promotion of Waste Wise initiatives. Major Victorian events certified as Waste Wise in 2006/07 included: FINA World Swimming Championships; Caulfield Cup; GMC Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix; Queenscliff Music Festival; Sustainable Living Festival and Rip Curl Pro.
  17. 17. Towards Zero Waste 35 Materials reuse is a big part of the carbon saving agenda as we strive Towards Zero Waste Waste materials that could otherwise Delivering Australia’s first long Targeting collection of rechargeable Helping fund community be recycled or reused present a lost term IT waste recovery scheme batteries as a Towards Zero recycling centres resource opportunity, and compound through Byteback™ Waste priority 20 projects received conditional approval our need to draw on further resources. A $2 million Victorian Government Agreements were reached with key for the coming year through our Municipal The impact is millions of tonnes of waste investment into the continuation of partners during 2006/07 to run a three Infrastructure Investment Grants program – to landfill each year and increased Byteback™ helped secure crucial industry month trial of Batteryback – a recovery with a total of 30,000 tonnes of waste emissions. We’re working with industry buy in. Agreement to participate was scheme for rechargeable batteries. diversion and 11,500 of greenhouse and households to use resources reached with some of the computer Identified as a priority under our Towards gas abatement expected. Among major more wisely. industry’s biggest brands. Participants Zero Waste strategy, the products will be projects this year, we contributed $400,000 agreed to cover the full cost of recycling safely collected at retail stores. And it is to the $1.9 million redevelopment of Encouraging industry ownership their branded product, and support a fund anticipated that up to 35% of the product Stonnington’s Waste Transfer and Resource of waste recovery through Paintback™ to promote the program to residents and will be recovered for recycling, based on Recovery Centre, which is expected to small businesses wanting to dispose of old overseas experience. divert 7000 tonnes from landfill annually With key partners we targeted the recovery computer equipment at a planned nine when it’s completed. We also backed an of paint – the single most problematic sites across Victoria. In 2006/07 a total upgrade of Werribee’s waste transfer and household chemical item. With 178 of 230 tonnes of equipment was collected recycling facility. We provided $455,000 million kilograms of unwanted paint at the Boroondara site, with 97.9% diverted for the $1 million project, which is expected and containers estimated to be dumped from landfill. An additional recovery site Key partners: to divert 5000 tonnes of materials in into the environment by the end of the began operating in Geelong. UniRoss; Cleanaway; Harvey Norman; its first year. decade if nothing is done, we worked with Michaels Camera, Video and Digital. Bunnings to pilot a safe disposal centre at Key partner: its Vermont South site. And Dulux worked Local governments. to recycle the paint into its Walpamur™ Improving kerbside collection fence paint range. The success of the pilot recycling across Victoria to increase Increasing access to mobile extended it from 12 to 15 months, and recovery rates and permanent toxic waste disposal scheme improvement over time brought Key partners: City of Boroondara; Hewlett Packard; Best Practise Kerbside Recycling set out services to divert household chemicals recovery costs from $8.76/kg down to from the environment Sims E Recycling; K&S Environmental; in 2006/07 to increase the yield of $0.74/kg – reassuring industry of its Apple; Canon; Dell; Epsom; Fujitsu; municipal recyclables. With a rural focus, Our ongoing Detox Your Home program viability. Negotiations have commenced Fuji-Xerox; Hewlett Packard; IBM; we aimed to engage 10 new councils. targeted increased participation in our free to turn the Banksia Award winning Lenovo; and Lexmark. By the end of the year, we had assisted mobile collection services for household Paintback™ into a permanent national 12 new rural councils to introduce best chemicals. An increased total volume scheme. And we’re now investing in tests practice services at rates higher than the of 630 tonnes of household chemicals for uses for unwanted paint in the Preferred Service Standards. This equates recovery was recorded, as over 8000 construction industry. to 86,328 new services with an average Victorians used the 13 metropolitan and yield of 4.39kg per tenement per week, 23 regional mobile collections available generating 19,706 tonnes per annum in 2006/07 and four permanent sites. of recycled materials. In addition, two We also commenced the establishment metropolitan councils and one rural council of several new permanent collection gained Stage 2 funding, totalling $171,092. facilities across the state with $2 million Key partners: 96% of Victorian households now have committed by the Victorian Government, Dulux; Bunnings; Bluescope Steel; access to kerbside recycling services. and secured funding from Melbourne’s Chemsal; Steel Can Recycling Council. Key partner: water businesses to assist program Local governments. communications. Key partners: Local governments; Regional Waste Management Groups; metropolitan water retailers.
  18. 18. 37 Research, reporting and policy In the fast emerging green economy, we need to understand the effectiveness of our efforts, and respond quickly. With leading thinkers, we are looking for new solutions and ways to influence better outcomes. With strong research, policy, and reporting, we’re building a platform for viable environmental solutions. Victorian Energy Efficiency Strategy Towards Zero Waste Strategy Our key target was to be an effective To meet the major waste reduction partner to achieve the Victorian Energy targets set out in the Sustainability in Efficiency Targets including a 10% Action: Towards Zero Waste strategy, reduction in household emissions by 2010, we report annually on our waste reduction and help implement parts of the Victorian and recycling programs. Latest results Government’s 2006 Sustainability Action indicate that we are on track with targets Statement. In practical terms, this resulted and Victoria’s municipal and commercial in programs such as Training for Tradies and industrial sectors exceeded (see pg 25), Right Advice at the Right Place 2004/05 recovery targets. Programs (see pg 27); and Greener Appliances reported include: (see pg 16). Local Government Data Key partners: Collection Report Department of Sustainability and As part of our Towards Zero Waste Environment VIC; Department of Primary strategy, we collect data to analyse the Industries VIC; Department of Treasury performance of our bin systems, the and Finance VIC; Department of Premier impact of our programs to divert waste and Cabinet VIC. from landfill, and local government’s waste diversion rates. The latest survey shows National Framework for that Victorians have steadily reduced waste Energy Efficiency generation over the past five years, to less than 500kg per household in 2004/05; Our key target was to act as an effective and that we’re recycling 14% more than partner on the Ministerial Council on Energy we did the previous year. 51% of Victorian Efficiency Working Group (E2WG), which councils provide a green organics collection delivers the NFEE. It resulted in completion service, with diversion rates up 42% in of a stage one scoping of actions for stage one year largely due to increased service two – where the goal is to realise the provision. Due to delays in receiving untapped economic potential associated information, 2005/06 survey results will with uptake of energy efficient technologies. be released later in 2007. Key partners: Key partners: Commonwealth Government of Australia; EPA Victoria; National Packaging State and Territory Governments; Covenant; local governments. Department of Sustainability and Environment VIC; Department of Primary Industries VIC.
  19. 19. Research, reporting and policy 39 Annual Survey on Recycling Industries Metropolitan Waste Plan Greenhouse Reduction Framework Working to recognise and support As part of our Towards Zero Waste With our key partners, we are developing for the Water Industry business leaders strategy, we collect and analyse the the Metropolitan Waste and Resource In 2006/07 we aimed to develop a We commenced the development of performance of our recycling industry, Recovery Strategic Plan to help Melbourne greenhouse gas reduction framework a voluntary 5 Star certification program and materials diverted from landfill. deliver on Towards Zero Waste for water authorities, following recognition to recognise the sustainability performance Victorians recovered a record 5,427,662 commitments and identify future directions that industry is a major user of energy of Victorian businesses. This year, we tonnes of waste in 2004/05, representing for waste and resource recovery to 2030. resources. The framework was endorsed developed a roadmap to establish the 55% of the total solid waste stream We have responsibility for developing by the VicWater Board in October 2006. program and appointed consultants to and saving about 4 million tonnes of the first part of the plan, which sets the We also set out to assist at least two assist with the development of the program greenhouse gases. About 89% of our framework for all solid waste management water authorities to conduct opportunity including rating criteria, stakeholder liaison recovered material is processed by local in metropolitan Melbourne. This year we studies and develop action plans. We and certification options. industry – with the remainder going focused on stakeholder consultation, with exceeded targets with 10 opportunity interstate or overseas. Due to delays local government and industry briefings, studies completed, and strong support in receiving information, 2005/06 survey and the development of a key issues paper. from all authorities. results will be released later in 2007. We’re also keeping stakeholders up to date Key partners: Key partners: with the Plan’s development on behalf of VicWater; Victorian water authorities. EPA Victoria; Australian Bureau our partners via regular newsletters of Statistics; Plastics and Chemicals and web updates. Industry Association; Victorian Key partners: Developing an accreditation system reprocessing industry. Metropolitan Waste Management for sustainable products Litter strategy Group; Department of Sustainability We led a scoping study to review global and Environment VIC; EPA Victoria. product environmental labelling schemes We are leading the development of the new and literature, and identify the key Victorian Litter Strategy to help deliver a stakeholders in an ongoing accreditation 25% improvement in littering behaviour in Distributed Generation scheme. The development of an agreed Victoria. After a review of what had been Development Plan product accreditation scheme is flagged done and what needed to be done, we held We first started to assess the economic in the 2006 Sustainability Action Statement, public consultation during March-April 2007 and environmental benefits of distributed to identify company performance in the seeking ideas for the new strategy which generation systems and a feed-in tariff management of lifecycle impacts and help will continue to focus on behaviour change, policy in November 2006. Our goals consumers recognise sustainable products. infrastructure and enforcement programs. included evaluating the economic and The detailed study paves the way for wider Key partners: greenhouse benefits, assessing market consultation on the role and options Department of Sustainability and barriers and identifying policy options for a viable scheme. Environment VIC; EPA Victoria; to increase distributed generation. Key partners: Victorian Litter Alliance. Consultation is ongoing. EPA Victoria, Commonwealth Key partners: Department of the Environment and Department of Primary Industries VIC; Heritage; Department of Innovation; Department of Sustainability and Industry and Regional Development VIC. Environment VIC; Australian Business Council for Sustainable Energy.
  20. 20. 41 Leading thinking As the Secretariat of the Sustainability Fund, we are helping the Victorian Treasurer and Minister for Environment invest money wisely – with funds dedicated to Victoria’s economic and social development through environmental innovation. In 2006/07 the Fund invested $36.85 million into businesses, community groups, industry and schools to implement a total of 82 green initiatives. Victorians are now breaking new ground. 2.3 million Victorians watched We helped fund one of Australia’s first reality TV show Carbon Cops environmental reality TV shows, with $350,000 granted to its creators December Films. Carbon Cops aired on ABC and was watched by 2.3 million viewers in its first two episodes alone. The series followed Key partner: six families as they worked to cut December Films. household emissions by 50%. United Nations awarded efforts Funds dedicated to helping Vietnamese by Melbourne Vietnamese businesses in Melbourne’s inner west business woman improve water and energy use, resulted in business woman Kim Thien Truong receiving a United Nations World Environment Day Award. As a project manager on the Nha Dep Green Purchasing Program, Kim was recognised for her environmental education work. Other businesses are saving up to $1000 per quarter through simple Key partner: technology such as aerators and by Environment Victoria. reducing the size of pipes. Business shopping precincts The Village Green Vic 1000 project received major environmental supported by the Sustainability Fund awards for reduction in emissions received a Banksia Award for environmental education, and a Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable Cities Award in 2006. The project works with small business in metro and regional Key partner: shopping strips to reduce emissions, Village Green. waste and water use. Image courtesy of John Tsiavis
  21. 21. 43 Community investment We work with others to make our efforts count across each sector of the community. We want to make it easy for people to reduce their environmental footprint. With the support of key partners, we are helping to change the ordinary daily practices of Victorians, in their homes, at schools and in the community. Helping low income households Providing Victorians rebates to to use less water and energy increase household energy efficiency With low income homes spending up to With more than 300 retail partners across 7% of their annual income on energy bills, Victoria, we promoted solar hot water and compared to 3% for the average energy efficient gas heaters at the point household, we worked with key partners of sale. A total of 2,781 Victorians heard our to improve home efficiencies. In 2006/07, message and made changes using we set out through the Energy and Water our rebate scheme. We recorded a 21% Taskforce (EWTF), to implement seven increase in solar hot water uptake, with projects to retrofit 1269 homes with energy 628 new systems now helping to cut and water saving devices. Projects aim emissions by 1,004 tonnes per year. to improve affordability of energy and An 8% increase in the uptake of high water use, improve comfort in the home efficiency gas heaters and hot water and provide job training opportunities. systems delivered 1,813 rebates in 2006/07 We successfully implemented seven and 960 tonnes of CO2 savings annually. projects with our key partners – with an As administrator of the photovoltaics rebate estimated total of $134,000 saved off in Victoria, we witnessed a 30% jump in annual electricity bills, and 62 megalitres uptake of the solar technology. It included of water in addition to 954 tonnes of 340 rebates issued and a reduction of greenhouse emissions. Regional Victoria emissions of 476 tonnes per year. met or exceeded targets. However, we have extended the Mission Australia project to enable the 600 home retrofit Key partners: target to be met by the East Reservoir Solar hot water, photovoltaic and high and West Heidelberg EWTF projects. efficiency gas heater manufacturers and retailers; Commonwealth Government. Key partners: Department of Human Services VIC; Department of Victorian Communities VIC; Mission Australia; Brotherhood of St Laurence; Bendigo Access Employment; BEST Community Development; Goulburn Valley Community Health Centre; Central Highlands Water; Goulburn Valley Water; City West Water; South East Water.

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