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Defence Estate Quality Management System (DEQMS) BSI Certification

Environment Compliance Element Environmental Management

Energy - Implementation & operation

The Defence Estate Energy Strategy 2014-2019 aims to deliver the objectives of the Defence Estate Energy Policy and comprises a comprehensive set of strategic goals and actions under four broad themes:

  • Improving the Efficiency of Existing Assets and Equipment
  • Providing Efficient New Infrastructure and Equipment
  • Using Energy from Renewable and Alternative
  • Driving Energy Saving Behaviour

Note: The Defence Estate Energy Strategy is currently being revised. Please check back on this page for updates.

How are energy initiatives identified?

Energy initiatives can be identified by anyone working for Defence. They can be entered into Defence’s Resource Data Management System (RDMS). More details can be found here.

Alternatively, ideas can be submitted to the RESO in your area or sent to

Sub-metering installed throughout the estate helps to measure energy consumption at a more detailed level. The RDMS collates the data and is used by Defence to identify where energy efficiency improvements can be made.

How are energy initiatives delivered?

Energy initiatives are delivered through the following mechanisms:

  • Defence’s Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) Program: for energy efficiency improviements on existing infrastructure program.
  • Estate Works Program: delivered in combination with other required upgrades and/or maintenance activities.
  • Defence’s Renewable Energy Program (under development): for the installation of renewable energy initiatives where they complement energy security at key Defence sites.
  • Smart Infrastructure Manual: drives energy initiatives on major capital facilities projects and estate planning activities (under development).

Key roles, functions and responsibilities

All personnel across Defence Groups and Services have a role in in using and managing energy responsibly. Collectively and individually everyone working for Defence can take responsibility for considering energy consumption in daily decision making and managing our own energy consumption behaviours.

Environment and Engineering Branch, Infrastructure Division is responsible for maintaining policy aligned to whole-of-government energy policy and providing implementation support through the delivery of the renewable energy program, management and monitoring of consumption data and capture and progress of energy management initiatives.

Service Delivery Division is primarily responsible for policy implementation through external energy procurement contracting and the delivery and maintenance of energy efficiency and monitoring equipment.

Figure 1: Key roles, responsibilties and functions in the Defence estate energy management lifecycle