Home' Defence Magazine : Issue 3 2011 Contents Environment first
for Defence procurement
will still be there in 50,000 years, it’s
worth switching to the biodegradable
With respect to paper, from July 1,
the Department implemented a new
policy of sourcing office copy paper for
general purpose use with a minimum
of 50 per cent post-consumer recycled
content by July 2012, with progression
to 100 per cent by July 2015.
The remaining virgin fibre content of
that paper is to originate from chain-
of-custody sources, such as Forest
Stewardship Council (FSC) certified
sources/forests, Program for the
Endorsement of Forest Certification
(PEFC) schemes or from sustainably
Information technology and
Defence is currently implementing
a whole-of-Government sustainability
program to ensure sustainability and
green procurement requirements are
considered throughout the life cycle of
information technology products.
In addition, product take back
schemes, reduced packaging, safer
components and energy efficient
products are now becoming standard
Recently, all desktop computers were
loaded with software that automatically
shuts them down at the end of the day.
This has resulted in significant energy
savings and around three million dollars
The software is now being looked
at for use in other Government
Defence already has a comprehensive
green building policy for new buildings and
refurbishments covering the reduction of
greenhouse emissions, pollution and waste,
and toxicity of materials.
The policy also aims to reduce potable
water consumption and impacts on local
ecology and natural resources.
Defence has won awards for its green
buildings such as the headquarters
building at RAAF Base Richmond.
Defence is moving forward with the
greening of its fleet, making savings of
around $17 million just from converting
its V8 fleet to V6s, realising significant
financial and environmental benefits.
Defence is also looking to purchase
more hybrid vehicles and making four-
cylinder cars the basic standard, down
from six cylinders.
Rationalisation of vehicles and keeping
them for longer is also happening across
Defence is currently influencing
purchasing behaviour by working with
Strategic Reform Program initiatives
such as the setting up one main standing
offer panel to provide Defence with its
white good needs.
By including broad and also
targeted prescriptive environmental
requirements, and ensuring products
are assessed on their operating costs as
well as disposal, Defence can purchase
more efficient and environmentally
friendly products and has released a new
purchasing policy for whitegoods in
line with Government and best practice
energy and environmental standards.
The policy, which sets out required
and recommended standards, is to be
used by purchasing officers whenever
purchasing fridges, freezers, washing
machines, dryers, dishwashers and other
What can you do?
The Estate Policy and Environment
branch says it’s important to remember
that changes won’t happen overnight
but every step towards a greener
procurement action counts.
Introduce positive strategies to combat
the negative effects of purchasing. Here
are some tips to get started:
• first and foremost – decide whether
the product or ser vice is necessar y.
Always aim to reduce consumption
and manage the demand placed
on products /ser vices within your
• assess the options available for disposal
of the product
• identify areas within the supply chain
and work with suppliers to improve
• research products and suppliers
prior to purchasing or initiating
an agreement. Keep an eye out for
products with eco label
• procure environmentally preferable
products – those which reduce
waste, take fewer natural resources
to produce, are reusable and/or
• actively recycle consumables within
the workplace wherever possible.
• It is important to analyse your
purchases – identify the impact
your purchase will have on the
environment (risks) and the power
you have to change those impacts.
For more information on what
Defence is doing in the area of green
procurement, contact Susan Elekessy in
Infrastructure Division’s Estate Policy
and Environment Branch via email at
email@example.com and have
a look at the new green procurement
The effects on the environment,
as a result of the way goods and
services are produced on a daily
water and air pollution
habitat and species destruction
general aspects of
Pictured: HMAS Darwin at anchor in Jervis Bay during last year’s Fleet Concentration Period.
Photo: Able Seaman Andrew Dakin
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