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Section 7 – Energy Management Policy
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Issue Date:
12 January 2002
Authorised by: Marjorie Dickenson
SimuLab is committed to achieving lower and sustainable levels of energy usage in its operations.
This provides improved environmental outcomes through indirectly lowering national greenhouse
gas emissions, but also delivers better financial performance. This commitment extends to all
aspects of energy usage throughout the company, from the use of more efficient motor vehicles in
the company fleet, through the purchase of solar water heating systems for the laboratories, to the
construction of energy efficient premises when new buildings are constructed or current structures
are refurbished.
More specifically this policy covers:
Company buildings.
Transport and motor vehicles.
Plant and equipment.
Purchasing of goods and services.
These goals will be set in line with the NSW Government Energy Management Policy (GEMP).
Energy Reduction Targets
SimuLab is committed to specific energy reduction targets that will be set and reviewed on a
regular basis. The initial goal is to reduce total energy consumption of company premises
where cost effectively feasible by:
10% of the 2000 level by 2005, and
20% of the 2000 level by 2008.
Other reduction targets will be phased in progressively as this policy is reviewed.
Green Power Usage
SimuLab is committed to the use of Green Power (as defined in the GEMP Document)
wherever economically feasible. It is hoped that clients and regulatory authorities will see this
“good corporate citizen” approach as environmentally responsible.
Energy Management Strategies
SimuLab will adopt the strategies outlined in GEMP to fulfil its commitment to long-term
continuous energy reduction. These strategies as outlined in the policy statement are:
A long-term framework.
Voluntary programs.
Provision of tools to reduce energy consumption.
Changes in purchasing and procurement of goods.
Long Term Framework
This is provided to ensure that there is ongoing commitment to energy management and that
energy-efficient new assets will be procured. It also ensures that there is no temporal erosion
of energy efficiency by the company. Included in this framework are:
Assignment of specific responsibilities and obligations for managers, supervisors and
other staff with regards to energy management.
Benchmarking, setting goals, monitoring performance and reporting performance
against benchmarks and goals.
A requirement to follow best practice energy management guidelines.
A requirement to follow sustainable energy guidelines for new assets.
Section 7 – Energy Management Policy
2 of 2
Issue Date:
12 January 2002
Authorised by: Marjorie Dickenson
A requirement that all purchasing and procurement policies will reflect the objectives
of this policy.
Voluntary Programs
These will encourage sections (through incentives and assistance) to follow sustainable
energy practices wherever possible. The NSW government has already set up bodies such
as SEDA, the Sustainable Energy Development Authority, to demonstrate the construction of
energy smart buildings as an example of this practice. Workers will also be encouraged to
adopt similar practices at home where possible through campaigns in the company
newsletter such as “buy solar and save”.
This will include methods such as energy performance contracting, streamlined financing,
and the provision of training and resource kits to overcome any barriers to achieving energy
Purchasing and Procurement Policies
This will require that energy efficient plant and materials be a criteria for selection when
purchasing is required. Unless there is a considerable financial premium, the most energy
efficient plant/equipment/goods will be chosen for purchase above other tenders.
Energy management strategies will be implemented under the responsibilities and
obligations listed below:
The prime responsibility for the success of the policy shall lie with the Managing
Director and Company Senior Executives. This requires that energy management
decisions be included in the company business management.
The managing director shall delegate authority to purchase energy efficient plant
equipment and materials to managers and supervisors, who will also be responsible
for monitoring and reporting energy efficiency performance against policy goals to the
managing director.
The managing director and senior managers will periodically set new energy
management goals. These goals shall be included in the company annual report along
with the outline of the company energy management plan. Energy management
targets will, wherever possible, use as a minimum benchmark those set by
Government authorities. Other company goals should also include:
Setting targets for renewable energy as a percentage of total energy.
Energy use targets as a performance indicator.
The Laboratory Manager shall compare the company’s energy performance against
those of similar enterprises, and report this to senior management on an annual basis.
This will subsequently be reported to staff in workplace newsletters.
All staff shall adopt wherever practicable best practice in energy efficiency by ensuring
that energy efficient processes and policies are followed.