B.4 Ecologically Sustainable Development

ACT Health is committed to sustainable development and encourages staff to practise sustainability in all aspects of their daily activities. ACT Health has developed policies, programs and an action plan to promote ecologically sustainable development (ESD), including economic, social and environmental considerations in decision-making processes, as required by the Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act 2010 and the Environment Protection Act 1997.

ACT Health participates in the ACT Government Carbon Neutral Implementation Committee and reports on sustainable initiatives.

ACT Health is committed to recording and closely monitoring its contributions to ESD. Measures being taken to limit its environmental impact are as follows.

ACT Health is working towards establishing Green Teams, which will work to instil a sustainability culture across the Directorate.

ACT Health has a Sustainability Strategy-Action Plan 2010-2015 which contains short-, medium- and long-terms actions aimed at limiting the impact on the environment. An update on the implementation of these actions is as follows:

Short-term 97 per cent completed
Medium-term 31 per cent completed
Long-term 29 per cent completed




  • Continuous review and assessment of ageing infrastructure and replacement through the Capital Upgrades Program, with consideration of sustainable alternatives when replacement is due.
  • Monthly trending analysis of utility bills to identify energy spikes and make adjustments to reduce energy usage.
  • Infrastructure audits to identify potential energy savings, using the ACTSmart Green Team Kit and assessment booklet, and implementation of LED lighting.




  • Continuous monitoring of water consumption, using the Environmental Sustainable Platform.
  • Implementation of water-saving strategies, such as water tanks, water-saving fixtures and fittings, swipe off–on taps.
  • Use of hand sanitiser instead of constant handwashing (also an infection control measure).




  • Analysis of Waste Policy and Waste Management Plan key performance indicators.
  • Waste audits and internal benchmarking activities.
  • Waste streaming (landfill, mixed recyclables, clinical waste, metals, batteries, fluorescent tubes and toner cartridges).
  • Organics recycling in approved areas.
  • Participation in the ACTSmart accreditation and training programs.
  • Continuous contract variations to the Waste Management Contract in 2013-14 to ensure the delivery of high standard services to new developments.
  • Receipt of an EA rating for waste and environmental management from the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) accreditation process.




  • Procurement of low-emission, economically sustainable vehicles, including two electric vehicles in 2013-14, as directed by the Chief Minister's Directorate.
  • Assessment of alternative sustainable options each time a vehicle's leasing arrangement ceases, rather thanautomatic replacement of vehicles.
  • Consideration of vehicles with low emissions, such as those which run on diesel fuel.


Sustainable development performance 2012-13 and 2013-14


Indicator as at 30 June Unit 2012-13 2013-14 Percentage
Agency staff and area        
Agency staff FTE 5,749.1 5,979.9 4.01%
Agency staff Headcount 6,540 6,797 3.93%
Workplace floor area Area(m2) 228,09011 259,50422 13.77%
Stationary energy usage        
Indicator as at 30 June Unit 2012-13 2013-14 Percentage
Stationary energy usage        
Electricity use Kilowatt hours 34,664,956 31,978,3033 -7.75%
Renewable electricity use Kilowatt hours 3,328,618 N/a4 -
Natural gas use Megajoules 111,060,000 110,109,684 -0.86%%
Transport fuel usage        
Total number of vehicles Number 322 321 -0.31%
Total kilometres travelled Kilometres 4,046,311 3,882,625 -4.05%
Fuel use - Petrol Kilolitres 228 221 -3.07%
Fuel use – Diesel Kilolitres 134 126 -5.97%
Fuel use - Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) Kilolitres - - -
Fuel use - Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Kilolitres - - -
Water usage        
Water use Kilolitres 194,088 220,317.305 13.51%
Resource efficiency and waste        
Reams of paper purchased Reams 48,259 48,7816 1.08%
Recycled content of paper purchased Percentage 4.95 3.76 -24.04%
Waste to landfill Litres 19,805,577 21,282,8887 7.46%
Co-mingled material recycled Litres 1,892,880 4,120,1608 117.67%
Paper & Cardboard recycled (incl. secure paper) Litres 1,194,348 976,3969 -18.25%
Organic material recycled Litres 0 8,01210 100%
Greenhouse gas emissions        
Emissions from stationary energy use Tonnes CO2-e 40,666 40,95811 0.72%
Emissions from transport Tonnes CO2-e 975 936.15 -3.98%
Total emissions Tonnes CO2-e 41,641 41,894.15 0.61%12


Explanatory Notes:
The move to centralised sustainability data.
In June 2014, the Government established an Enterprise Sustainability Platform (ESP), to provide a consistent approach to reporting sustainability data in future years. The ESP provides continuously updated, accurate and auditable water, energy (electricity and gas), and greenhouse gas (GHG)emissions data and utility billing cost information for its assets and agencies, a function which has not previously been available. The ESP was used to provide data for 2012-13 and 2013-14 in this Annual Report. For some directorates this will result in data that is different to that published in the 2012-13 report, as more comprehensive reporting is now available.
GreenPower purchased for 2013-14.
ACT Property Group purchased 7,530 MWh (Mega Watt hours) of GreenPower on behalf of the ACT Government, representing 5 per cent of the ACT Government's energy consumption for 2013-14.

  1. Net lettable area.
  2. Total Workplace Floor Area refers to the combined floor areas of all facilities, whether for the provision of operations or services, for which a directorate has administrative responsibility in accordance with the Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act 2004.
  3. TCH meter readings in the first five months 2013-2014 reading 4,680,842kwh or 35 per cent less than reported in 2012-2013 due to electrical meter irregularity.
  4. Not being reported at the Directorate level; only reported at WoG level.
  5. Increase due to Women's & Children's Hospital Stage 2, Building 19 Canberra Region Cancer Centre and the Belconnen Community Health Centre becoming operational.
  6. Figure reflects a 1 per cent per cent increase of paper reams purchased associated with increased headcount/activity growth across all Health.
  7. 2013-14 landfill litres represents an increase of 1,477,311 litres (7.5 per cent) when compared to 2012-13. This is due to increased growth (TCH only).
  8. 2013-14 co-mingled recycled litres represents an increase of 2,227,280 litres (117.6 per cent) when compared to 2012-2013. This is due to improved recycling systems and increased growth (TCH only).
  9. 2013-14 paper-recycled litres represents a decrease of 217,952 litres (18.2 per cent) when compared to the 2012-2013. Due to diversion of some paper/cardboard into comingle stream (note significant co-mingle increase) - across all Health sites.
  10. Commencement of organics recycling at 1 and 11 Moore Street.
  11. The emissions figure does not reflect electrical meter irregularity, and the m2 difference between the ESP database and ACT Health's actual m2 for 2013-14.
  12. ACT Health reduced overall emissions across all scopes in 2013-14 against a 14 per cent rise in workplace floor space.