ECO JOURNEY
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power

There was a 7% decrease in energy consumption of Summerland owned and leased premises this year, with 4,550 kWh consumed per FTE.

Accredited renewable energy take-up in electricity contracts is currently 10% pa for head office and 25% pa for branches.

2019
4,550
2018
4,903
2017
5,213
2016
5,220
2015
6,390

paper

Internal paper usage for the 2018/19 year was 4,868 sheets of normal copy paper per FTE. This is a 29.60% drop on the previous year.

Improving the environmental impact of the paper we purchase and use in our marketing collateral and member communications, 100% of A4 copy paper and customer statement paper is certified carbon neutral under the National Carbon Offset Standard Carbon Neutral program.

2019
4,868
2018
6,915
2017
8,316
2016
7,624
2015
8,511

vehicles

The corporate vehicle fleet used 8,272 litres of fuel, 94 litres per FTE. This is a 21.95% reduction on the previous year.

Utilising video or teleconferencing forms part of the assessment when making staff travel decisions.

2019
94
2018
120
2017
103
2016
100
2015
108

air travel

Business travel by air in 2018/19 consisted of flights covering 116,223 kms, which equated to 1,319 km per FTE.

This is a 28% increase on the previous year.

2019
1,319
2018
1,028
2017
1,405
2016
2,979
2015
1,590
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2019

  • Awarded Gold level accreditation from Office of Environment and Heritage, Sustainability Advantage Program
  • Refurbishment of Evans Head branch with environmentally sustainable products
  • Risk Hazard mapping project to commence
  • White ribbon accreditation process
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2018

  • No single use plastic bags for grocery deliveries
  • Solar panels installed at head office
  • Six month statement cycle
  • eStatement focus with customers
  • Plastic money boxes phased out
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2017

  • Power factoring
  • Paper hand towels changed from virgin paper to sugar cane waste product (bagass), which is 100% biodegradable
  • Recycle carpet tiles from level 3 of head office building to Bangalow refurbishment
  • Focus on paper usage
  • Promotional items are more environmentally friendly
  • No balloons used in promotions
  • Move from paper-based to electronic newsletters
  • Less printed-paper posters and brochures
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2013

  • Achieve Silver Partner status in the Sustainability Advantage Program
  • Online systems for opening accounts, memberships and loans
  • Update Summerland’s Environmental Sustainability Journey: vision and strategy
  • Environmental Investment Position
  • Board and Senior Managers using iPads and laptops rather than paper at meetings
  • Paper usage reduced

2012

  • Upgrades to head office energy efficient lighting, movement sensor fans and lighting
  • Online Learning Management System for staff (less paper)
  • Head office waste sorting and landfill reduction activities
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2011

  • Achieve Bronze Partner status in the Sustainability Advantage program
  • Abacus Environmental Sustainability Award
  • Upgrade programme commenced for energy efficient lighting in all sites
  • Online applications introduced
  • Convert to more fuel efficient vehicles
  • Eco Month in spring each year
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2010

  • Eco Loans launched
  • Staff and community leave allows community service for environmental organisations
  • ‘Green’ criteria included in sponsorship applications
  • Online electronic newsletters
  • Energy and paper reduced
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2009

  • First Annual Sustainability Report
  • Quarterly reporting to Board on resource use
  • Establish baseline paper, toner, electricity and fuel use data
  • Focus on energy and paper reduction
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2008

  • Start our environmental sustainability journey
  • Sign up to NSW Government’s Sustainability Advantage program
  • Develop Summerland Sustainability Journey: Vision and Strategy