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Ecologically Sustainable Development and Environmental Performance

Natural Resource Consumption

Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

In February 2005, Defence promulgated the Defence Energy Management Strategy to promote energy efficiency across Defence. Defence also continued to develop Energy Management Plans designed to guide effective energy management at the site level.

Defence energy consumption data for 2004-05 is being compiled. Consumption for the previous year is available in the current Energy Use in the Australian Government's Operations 2003-04 report7. In 2003-04, Defence recorded a further six per cent saving in overall energy consumption. Defence also reduced annual greenhouse emissions by seven per cent under the Greenhouse Challenge Program during 2003-04.

Water Use and Conservation

The Defence Sustainable Water Management Strategy, released in February 2004, continued to promote awareness and drive the communication and promotion of water efficiencies in Defence. A number of case studies in poster format were also designed and distributed across Defence to promote water conservation measures.


  1. More information on the Energy Use in the Australian Government's Operations 2003-04 report is available at http://www.greenhouse.gov.au/government/energyuse/pubs/2003.pdf. [ back ]
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