TAFE SA is committed to establishing, promoting and maintaining a culture of environmental responsibility, both within the Institute and in the wider community. We will continually improve our business performance and conduct our operations in an environmentally responsible manner, clearly reflecting a commitment to fostering the sustainable use of the Earth’s resources. In the conduct of our business, we will take into account social and environmental consequences, as well as financial outcomes, striving to set an example of leadership in the field of environmental management.
TAFE SA will:
- comply with all relevant environmental legislation and regulations, and other initiatives to which we subscribe,
- aim to incorporate environmental management principles where possible into our core business plans and management processes,
- minimise negative impacts we may have on the environment, through efficient use of resources, and reduction in emissions and waste,
- encourage environmental responsibility and awareness among staff, students and suppliers through modelling good practice, training, education and communication,
- develop, implement and regularly review this Institute-wide action plan for setting and reviewing our environmental objectives and targets against aspects of our operations,
- provide regular monitoring and reporting against these targets to all staff,
- where possible, incorporate environmental better practice into all technological solutions, and the fit-out and operation of accommodation, and
- foster the initiation and ownership of environmental activities by all our staff, thereby inculcating a strong environmentally aware business culture.
The principal, underlying reasons for the initiation of TAFE SA Environmental Action Plan are:
- The Government mandate to reduce energy used in Government Buildings by 25% by 2014/15 from the baseline consumption of 2000/01.
- Increasing water efficiency to conserve water and reduce costs.
- Reduce the volume of waste going to landfill by 25% within 10 years and cut costs associated with the waste stream management process.
- Increase the awareness of the three “R’s” with waste; Reuse, Recover and Recycle.
- Establish strategies for greening the lifecycle functions of the building management process and conserve and manage consumption of finite resources.
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions, by-products and waste from vehicles used within the Government fleet operations.
- Reduce energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, resource consumption, waste, environmental, health and financial risks and costs through the effective utilisation of procuring energy efficient office equipment.
- Equip employees to meet the requirements of all applicable environmental regulations, guidelines and polices and;
- Encourage employees to incorporate environmental considerations in their daily activities