Environmental Management

Environmental management has been a focus at VAGO for a number of years, as we recognise the role we play in making Victoria more sustainable for future generations. We aim to minimise our:

  • consumption of energy, water, paper and other materials
  • waste generation
  • environmental impact from travel and other business activities.

Energy

Electricity consumption for 2012–13 and 2013–14

Energy consumption(a)

 

2013–14

2012–13

Quantity (MJ)

Non Green

428 686

1 924

 

Green

423 557

813 600

 

Total

852 243

815 524

Measure (MJ)

per FTE

4 804

4 846

 

per m2

303.3

290.2

Greenhouse gas emissions
(tonnes CO2-e) Scope 2

Total

277.0

269.6

Offset

137.7

268.9

 

Total after Offset

139.3

0.7

Greenhouse gas emissions
(tonnes CO2-e) Scope 3 – Distribution line loss

Total

35.5

34.0

(a) Includes electricity at VAGO premises (Levels 23 and 24, 35 Collins Street). No green power was purchased from July to December 2013 and 100 per cent green power was purchased from January to June 2014. This was due to a change in the government contract to a new electricity supplier.

 

Waste

Waste production for 2012–13 and 2013–14

Waste(a)

 

2013–14

2012–13

Quantity (kg)

Waste (landfill)

2 675.6

1 692.4

 

Recycling

7 458.7

7 843.2

 

Compost

1 110.0

1 254.2

Measure (kg/FTE)

Waste (landfill)

15.1

10.1

 

Recycling

42.0

46.6

 

Compost

6.3

7.5

Greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) (tonnes CO2-e)

Waste to landfill (Scope 3)

3.3

2.3

(a) Includes waste at VAGO premises (ten day audit of waste production). Recycling rate of 76.2 per cent.

 

Paper

Paper use in 2012–13 and 2013–14

Paper purchased(a)

 

2013–14

2012–13

Quantity (reams A4 equivalent)

Copy paper

2 400

2 074

 

Publications

926

931

Measure (reams A4 per FTE)

Copy paper

13.5

12.3

 

Publications

5.2

5.5

Greenhouse gas emissions
(tonnes CO2-e) Scope 3

Total (copy paper and publications)

12.0

10.8

 (a) Includes paper purchased for printing/copying at VAGO premises and also paper used to print our reports to Parliament and other publications.

 

Water

VAGO achieved a 4 star green rating with the Green Building Council of Australia for the fit out of our current premises.

Water consumption 2012–13 and 2013–14

Water(a)

2013–14

2012–13

Quantity (kL)

1 199

732

Measure (kL/FTE)

6.8

4.4

Measure (kL/m2)

0.4

0.3

Greenhouse gas emissions (tonnes CO2-e) Scope 3

1.6

1.0

(a)    Includes water use at VAGO premises. 2012–13 comparative restated due to updated emission factor.

 

Transport

Our fleet comprises ten executive vehicles. We also use rental cars to travel to premises of audited agencies mainly for non-metropolitan locations.

VAGO has measured the fuel use of its executive fleet and all hire cars.

Fuel use, flights and taxi trips taken by VAGO staff

Fuel use(a)

 

2013–14

2012–13

Quantity (MJ)

VAGO vehicles

 

272 335

280 577

 

Hire vehicles

 

368 097

314 402

Quantity (business related km travelled)

VAGO vehicles

 

71 802

67 997

 

Hire vehicles

 

144 053

149 241

Measure (GHG tonnes CO2-e/1000kms)

VAGO vehicles

 

0.274

0.298

 

Hire vehicles

 

0.185

0.152

GHG (tonnes CO2-e)

VAGO vehicles

Scope 1

18.2

18.8

 

 

Scope 3

1.4

1.5

 

Hire vehicles

Scope 3

26.6

22.7

           

 

Flights (Short/Medium/Long haul)(b)

 

2013–14

2012–13

Quantity

Short

19

8

 

Medium

55

41

 

Long

5

5

Quantity (kms travelled)

Short

14 957

8 314

 

Medium

153 372

94 443

 

Long

96 561

108 497

Greenhouse gas emission
(tonnes CO2-e) Scope 3

Short

5.4

3.2

 

Medium

32.0

20.6

 

Long

31.9

27.1

Taxi trips(c)

2013–14

2012–13

Quantity (trips)

793

532

Greenhouse gas emission (tonnes CO2-e) Scope 3

4.7

2.9

(a) Includes both executive fleet vehicles (All VAGO vehicles (ten) are in the six-cylinder sedans and wagons class) and hire vehicles.
(b) Includes all flights (return flights counted as 1 flight) invoiced to and paid for by VAGO.
(c) Includes all taxi trips invoiced to and paid for by VAGO.

 

Greenhouse gas emissions

Greenhouse gas emissions for 2012–13 and 2013–14

Fridges(a)

2013–14

2012–13

Number of fridges

7

6.5

Greenhouse gas emission (tonnes CO2-e) Scope 1

0.03

0.03

Total greenhouse gas emissions (of above measures)(b)

2013–14

2012–13

Quantity (tonnes CO2-e)

Scope 1

18.3

18.8

 

Scope 2

139.3

0.7

 

Scope 3

154.4

126.1

 

Total

312.0

145.6

Quantity (tonnes CO2-e/FTE)

Total

1.8

0.9

(a) Number of fridges at VAGO premises (GHG measured as global warming potential of hydrofluorocarbons in the fridges).
(b) Addition of the above measurements (if measured—energy, waste, paper, water, fuel, flights, taxi trips, fridges), rounded to one decimal place. FTE calculated at year end, 2013-14: 177.4 (2012–13: 168.3).

Audit Certificate

Audit certificate
 

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Last updated on 20/10/2014